AN Cisco are on a mission to turn their name into a genre of music. Jordi Davieson, frontman for the Fremantle-based four-piece, says their name is yet to have a purpose.
‘‘Our name has to mean something. It would be good to make San Cisco a style of music,’’ he says.
The band has clocked up more than a million views on Youtube for its track Awkward, but Davieson says the band has a lot more to offer.
‘‘(The song is) simple, relevant and repetitive,’’ he says.
‘‘We want to shake that right now. We don’t want to be known by just that track. It took an hour to write, other songs we have worked on for days.’’
Davieson says he intends on developing San Cisco’s sound.
‘‘Something should always be changing in our music, not in a huge way, but enough to keep things interesting,’’ he says.
‘‘We all get in a room together and what we create is unique.
‘‘It’s hard to look consciously for a unique sound.’’
San Cisco released Awkward, their second EP, this year.
It fuses the flavours of each band member’s diverse music tastes with smooth indie-pop rhythms.
‘‘Everyone listens to different music. Scarlett is a rock chick, she loves rock ’n’ roll. Josh likes Neon Indian and that sort of stuff. Nick likes funk and I like hip-hop.’’
Adding to the melting pot of musical styles, Davieson is also influenced by his father – a jazz saxophonist.
‘‘My dad played at our first EP launch with a jazz quartet. It was so good,’’ Davieson says.
‘‘A band called Sugarpuss were first up, then my old man came on and played cool jazz, then we played. It wigged out the audience.’’
San Cisco were nominated for a Triple J Unearthed J Award last year and came in at No.7 on the station’s Hottest 100 countdown in January for Awkward.
The band will also play the final day of the Splendour in the Grass festival alongside Smashing Pumpkins, the Kooks and Gossip.
However Davieson says, for now, the band’s focus is on its first national Rocket Ship tour.
‘‘We are going right around Australia for Groovin’ the Moo festival and we are playing a bunch of side shows as well,’’ he says.
‘‘We have been preparing big time, making a few changes to the set and have a new synth – it’s all happening.’’
San Cisco, Voltaire Twins and Oceanics play Elsewhere Bar, Surfers Paradise, tonight. San Cisco also play Splendour in the Grass, in Byron Bay, from July 27-29.
San Cisco (from left) Nick Gardner, Josh Biondillo, Jordi Davieson and Scarlet Stephens.