San Cisco came to­gether as high school friends, their fam­i­lies hol­i­day to­gether, and they have grown up to­gether, which may ex­plain the close dy­namic of the group and clev­er­ness of their song­writ­ing

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I f you start your first band when you’re barely into dou­ble dig­its, it’s likely you’ll be a vic­tim of ageism. The mem­bers of San Cisco – Jordi Davieson, Josh Biondillo, Nick Gard­ner and Scar­lett Stevens – have known each other for years, been play­ing in bands most of their lives and formed this par­tic­u­lar quar­tet in 2009 as they fin­ished high school. They have per­formed in front of au­di­ences across Amer­ica and Europe, and graced the stages of most venues and fes­ti­vals that ap­pre­ci­ate finely crafted, in­tel­li­gent indie pop rock.

Their sin­gles Awk­ward, Wild Things and Fred As­taire have been voted onto Triple J’s Hottest 100, while their peers have nom­i­nated them for plenty of shiny tro­phies in­clud­ing ARIA Awards.

Yet, hav­ing achieved so much with two EPs, a de­but al­bum and now a sec­ond record, Grace­town, we still won’t let San Cisco grow up.

“Ev­ery­one just re­mem­bers you as kids. My mum is al­ways like, what gig do the kids have this week­end?” says drum­mer and vo­cal­ist Stevens.

Gui­tarist Biondillo adds: “And we’ve all got beards. I al­ways make that joke. Kids with beards.”

So one won­ders if th­ese pre­co­cious mu­si­cians are hav­ing a dig at the old folk with the cover of Grace­town.

It’s a neon pop-art re­pro­duc­tion of a mid-1960s hol­i­day house in a West Aus­tralian town near Mar­garet River where Stevens and Davieson and their fam­i­lies of­ten hol­i­day.

Any Aus­tralian, no mat­ter their age, would recog­nise it.

“Me and Jordi met at that house,” Stevens ex­plains.

Davieson adds: “As we were grow­ing up we’ve all started go­ing down to Grace­town a lot and stay­ing at my fam­ily’s house down there.”

And the old folk would find much to love about the band’s new record, a bright yet lo-fi mish­mash of garage and disco quite un­like much else on the air­waves th­ese days.

“Mo­ments of disco? Maybe there’s more dance. That’d be sick to have a big mir­ror ball for shows. Strobe lights,” the front­man says. They nom­i­nate bassist Gard­ner as the band’s best dancer be­cause he has “no in­hi­bi­tions with his hips”.

San Cisco are that quin­tes­sen­tial indie Aus­tralian band whose deft skill with a pop hook can of­ten dis­guise the clev­er­ness of their song­writ­ing.

Play­ing on the male-fe­male dy­namic not only vo­cally but lyri­cally, Davieson and Stevens of­ten find them­selves hav­ing the same ar­gu­ments as the char­ac­ters in their mu­sic.

For the record, they only sound like an old mar­ried cou­ple but aren’t in a re­la­tion­ship.

San Cisco are just one of the young indie Oz acts who have gar­nered sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion in re­cent years.

While the suc­cess of Go­tye, then Iggy Aza­lea and 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer have the ma­jor la­bels tal­ent scout­ing Down Un­der, it’s the un­der­ground or al­ter­na­tive artists who are blow­ing up the blogs and tastemaker web­sites glob­ally.

San Cisco are the quin­tes­sen­tial indie Aus­tralian band.

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