GO WITH THE FLOW

They burst on the scene in 2012 with in­die-pop hit Awk­ward. Now tour­ing their third al­bum, The Wa­ter, San Cisco are all grown up

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Be care­ful if you bump into Jordi Davieson at a party – you might end up in a song. The San Cisco front­man has turned more than one of his friends’ re­la­tion­ships into a breezy in­die pop tune for his Fre­man­tle four­some, and has no plans to stop now.

“I find peo­ple’s in­ter­ac­tion with each other the most in­ter­est­ing thing,” Davieson says in a Perth bar along­side San Cisco gui­tarist and key­boardist Josh Biondillo. “It makes for good songs.” San Cisco’s third al­bum,

The Wa­ter, a tight-knit col­lec­tion of groove-driven synth-pop ear­worms, fea­tures sev­eral songs about re­la­tion­ships.

Sun­rise is about “not be­ing up­front” about the “level of com­mit­ment you’re look­ing for”.

That Boy flips to the fe­male per­spec­tive and is about a good friend of the band who was “get­ting taken for a ride by ev­ery dude she hooked up with”.

“When you’re not part of two peo­ple it’s a lot eas­ier to an­a­lyse the sit­u­a­tion,” Davieson says. De­spite the fact The Dis­tance was in­spired by The

Lego Movie, it’s fair to say The Wa­ter fea­tures more ma­ture song­writ­ing than, say, San Cisco’s 2012 hit Awk­ward.

“That wouldn’t be hard though, would it?” Davieson says, laugh­ing.

Recorded in the Fre­man­tle stu­dio of John But­ler, whose man­ager Phil Stevens is San Cisco drum­mer Scar­lett Stevens’ fa­ther, the al­bum also show­cases the band’s devel­op­ment in the stu­dio.

Davieson and Biondillo wrote the ma­jor­ity of the songs, tak­ing in­flu­ence from “a whole life­time of mu­sic” in­clud­ing the Beach Boys, The Bea­tles and Bob Dy­lan along­side elec­tronic and R&B acts such as Ratatat, Frank Ocean, Go­ril­laz and LCD Soundsys­tem.

The pair worked si­mul­ta­ne­ously on dif­fer­ent songs in dif­fer­ent rooms in But­ler’s stu­dio. When they reached a dead end, they would swap rooms and each work on the other’s song. “We dou­bled our pro­duc­tiv­ity that way,” Biondillo says.

The San Cisco song­writ­ing and pro­duc­tion pair say that pro­ducer Steve Schram has been train­ing them up to be stu­dio nin­jas.

“He is like a fa­ther fig­ure, our best friend, our worst en­emy – he’s like a vil­lain,” Davieson laughs.

“We love him, we hate him,” Biondillo adds.

San Cisco play Mi­ami Mar­ketta tonight. Tick­ets are avail­able from Oztix

San Cisco’s third al­bum, The Wa­ter, is a col­lec­tion of groove-driven synth-pop ear­worms.

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