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Concert review: San Cisco at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

  Thursday 7th March 2013

It’s not every week that a four-piece Aussie indie band rocks up in London and completely wows you over with their utterly addictive brand of no-nonsense pop. Unless, of course, you were one of those lucky or prescient enough to make it to Hoxton Square to witness San Cisco’s terrific set.

San Cisco at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. (4)With just a couple of EPs to their name, San Cisco arrive with a modest reputation built largely off the back of their insanely catchy single Awkward – which was a hit in their homeland, and has managed to ratchet up several million plays on YouTube.

Drummer/vocalist Scarlett Stevens initiates the proceedings, laying down an instantly addictive, thrusting rhythm – the first of many. Then a pair of jerky, spiky guitar riffs join in, and within moments they have you won over.

Sonically, they’re the cool cousins of Arctic Monkeys, with a similar disposition for quickly switching their dynamics from rock to pop, and back again.

They may not yet have enough material for a full album or set, but the songs they do have are bright, smart, and – most importantly – fun. Lover is the chirpiest two and half minutes you’ll ever hear and the gorgeous Beach features some delicious synth work, giving the track an ethereal quality that will –unsurprisingly – take you away to Australia’s west coasts.

There are many things to enjoy about San Cisco live. Front-man Jordi Davieson – who looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt reborn as a guitar player – is effortlessly cool, and the vocal interplay he shares with Stevens and second-guitarist Josh Biondillo about the pitfalls of adolescence gives a real spark to the crestfallen lyrics. They’re lyrics we’ve all heard before, but just not with such chic.

Immediately loveable, effortlessly cool and endlessly enjoyable: your new favourite band awaits.

Verdict: •••••

Tom Yates

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For further information on San Cisco and future shows visit here.

Watch the video for Awkward here

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