In Conversation with…SAN CISCO

The viral success of their début single, Awkward, has gained them over 4,000,000 plays on YouTube alone, not to mention hundreds of thousands of adoring fans all over the world. Making San Cisco overnight successes, but unlike many overnight successes, San Cisco are here to stay. With their début self-titled album ready to be released here in the UK later this year and a new single, Awkward, out 5th August, this is just the beginning for these indie darlings.

Not only have San Cisco headlined their own sold-out tour in their homeland of Australia this year, but they have also headlined their own sell-out headline tours across the US and Europe. Somehow they also managed to squeeze in support slots with The Vaccines and Darwin Deez too. 2013 is proving to be a very busy but productive year for this Fremantle indie pop four-piece and they’re loving it, and who can blame them getting to do what they love everyday and travel the world. Spreading their sun-soaked indie pop to the masses is all in a day’s work for San Cisco. I caught up with the band’s bassist, Nick Gardner, to discuss what’s next for them and everything else in between.

Describe San Cisco in three words or less.

Sibling like rivalry.

What’s the story behind your band name and how long did it take you to settle on it?

Josh’s uncle had the Cisco bit and we tacked on the San part. We just liked the name because it had very little context to it besides the obvious.

You have been touring non-stop this year across the world. Has there been a standout show to date and what is it like being able to tour the globe?

It’s amazing being paid to travel. We just had a show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, which was pretty amazing.

It’s been a very exciting year for you all this year, with being able to headline your own tours across the US, Europe and at home in Australia, and also being able to tour with other great bands such as The Vaccines and Darwin Deez. Did you ever get the chance to sit down with them and talk to them, did they share any pearls of wisdom with you?

Heaps, both bands are amazing. Everyone is so friendly! There is heaps of band etiquette that makes life easier for both bands, things like working when you should be working and relaxing when you should be relaxing, making noise when you should, helping each other out and getting out of the way as soon as you can. There is heaps to learn from bands that have been touring for twice as long as you. 

You’re coming back to the UK very soon to play Reading and Leeds Festival (your first UK Festival, might I add) and your playing a few small headline shows too. What can we expect from those shows and have you got any special plans in the works for them?

Of course. However, they’re not entirely formed. We tend to make special plans 5 minutes before the gig.

Speaking about live shows. You recently announced a full UK tour for October, which I can’t wait for by the way. For us fans that came to your UK tour back in March, can we be expecting a completely different show in October to the previous tour?

Every gig is different, but we haven’t stopped touring since then! We’ve been on the road so we haven’t been given a chance to finish any of our new songs, but there are a few new things since then.

We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?

I really like Black Joe Lewis at the moment. Also Mac Demarco, Charles Bradley’s new record, Delicate Steve. I’m really excited for Haim’s new record. 

Your début self-titled album is finally going to be released in the UK , out 7th October. What can we expect to hear from that?

I think the track listing you guys are getting will bring you up to date with our releases back home. There’s a whole bunch of songs, all pretty varied. It’s a hard one because I’m so close to the songs, I don’t even really know what genre we are.

Do you have a favourite track from the album? If so, which one?

I haven’t heard it in so long! I really enjoy playing Stella and Metaphors live. 

I was lucky enough to get a copy of your album from Australia, so I’ve been listening to it non-stop for months now. It’s too hard for me to pick my favourite song off the album, because it’s such a great album all round, but one that has stood out to me is Nepal. How did that song come to fruition and what’s it about?

That’s the oldest song on the record. We wrote it in Josh’s backyard. It’s about one of our friends.

How long did it take to write and record the album?

Once we were in the studio I think it was 4 weeks. We wrote it over a long time. But some songs were written and recorded in a day.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would that be and why?

Personally I’d love to collaborate with Charles Bradley or Lee Fields.

What’s next for San Cisco?

We’re just waiting to finish touring and get these songs finished! 

A special thanks to San Cisco for the interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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