San Cisco are definitely the cool kids when it comes to Australian alt-pop, and have proved they sound just as good live, if not better, with their recent gig at Geelong’s Wool Exchange.
A gig that delivered a bright combination of realist lyrics, contagious riffs, carefree energy and an infectious on-stage presence, the Fremantle-based indie quartet had everyone clapping, swaying and dancing for their set, delivering tracks from all three of their albums.
Diving straight into the night with new track ‘SloMo’, followed with ‘About You’ and ‘Magic’ from their 2015 release Gracetown, San Cisco were having just as much fun performing as the crowd did watching.
Frontman Jordi Davieson and drummer and backing vocalist Scarlett Stevens were both full of cute anecdotes, banter, and audience-appreciation all night long as they joyously introduced their new album The Water throughout the night. Their most recent released single from the album ‘Hey Did I Do You Wrong’ was a favorite with the audience singing along to the sweet chorus, while not straying from the poppy vibe by following with ‘That Boy’.
Mellowing the crowd back out after the absolute bangers ‘Kids Are Cool’ and ‘Too Much Time Together’ which signaled the end of the night, Davieson returned to the stage for a solo acoustic version of ‘Waiting for the Weekend’, a beautiful, slow track that had everyone swaying – and somehow enticed someone to attempt an unsuccessful crowd surf into the crowd.
With the rest of the band returning to the stage, they finish up the night with ‘Run’, which was a perfect choice to sum up their great on-stage chemistry and bold, tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
It’d be safe to say nearly everyone in the venue was smitten by San Cisco and their chemistry as a collective. They packed in a surprising amount of songs, managing to play most of the new tracks from The Water as well as all the crowd favorites. The charming, young group are clearly fueled with excitement, chilled vibes and genuine fun nature which made for an awesome night of indie-pop goodness, relatable lyrics and good vibes.
Where: Wool Exchange, Geelong
When: Friday June 9
Reviewed by Talia Rinaldo