THEME OF LOSS AND LAMENT
IF you missed the news last week, Nick Gardner, bass player for Fremantle fourpiece San Cisco, accidentally shot himself in the foot.
Gardner had his accident while taking time out on a friend’s farm before the band jetted off on a tour of the United States and Mexico in support of their new album, Gracetown.
Released on the band’s own label (Island City Records), Gracetown is a collection of jangly, happy-go-lucky pop snippets that fans of the group have grown accustomed to.
Album opener, and first single RUN, which came in at 33 in last year’s Triple J Hottest 100, sets the tone for the album’s first few tracks with its pulsing bass riff and infectious hook.
A larger reliance on synths and layered sounds emerge as the album progresses, making Gracetown sound at times like a Metronomy album.
This feeling is confirmed on Jealousy, which features Preatures vocalist Isabella Manfredi in a back-and-forth with vocalist Jordi Davieson and is a better song than any that featured on Metronomy’s last album.
Although Davieson has said the album title reflects a nostalgic fondness for a childhood retreat – the guitars and upbeat vocal delivery also often mirror an ode to a hot summer’s days spent along WA’s south coast – Gracetown also feels like a break-up album, as lyrically each track follows a theme of lament and loss.