San Cisco: An Interview

Say hello to San Cisco, a bright and summery indie-pop quartet from Australia. With their fun-loving videos, cheerful melodies and relatable lyrics, these guys are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s not hard to see why San Cisco have been invited to play at Reading and Leeds; they’d be the perfect accompaniment to a sunny day (hopefully!) and a cold beer.

How did San Cisco begin?

We all went to school together. Jordi had some songs and we went to a studio up the road and recorded them.

Your video ‘Awkward’ has  already gained over 4 million views on Youtube. Do you enjoy using the internet or do you feel it is more of a necessity?

The numbers don’t really phase me. It’s good that people like it I guess.

You wrote ‘Awkward’ in just two hours. How long do you usually take to write a song?

Depends on the song of course. Sometimes I like to leave songs in the oven for a while. Awkward came together quite naturally.

How did you feel about touring with the Vaccines earlier this year?

It was a lot of fun. They are a great bunch of guys. We hung out with them today actually at Lollapalooza.

We are big fans of your fun loving music videos. How much say do you have in them?

With the earlier videos we usually had more creative control. These days we don’t have time do get as involved as we used to.

Name one gig that you are particularly proud of and why.

Lollapalooza was good fun. We all were surprised by how many people came to the show.

Any embarrassing moments on stage?

Many. Usually striking wrong chords or singing the wrong words. But I doubt many people in the crowd would notice.

If you could resurrect one band and support them, who would it be?

It would have to be The Beatles.

You all started out pretty young. How difficult was it to juggle between touring and education?

It got quite hard towards the end of our school life. After a while all of our other commitments lost out to the band.

There are some great bands playing at Reading & Leeds this year. Who are you most excited to be appearing alongside?

I haven’t really had a good look at the lineup yet. I know Haim are playing. Wouldn’t mind seeing them.

Why should people come to see San Cisco at the festival?

If they like our music. It is a good opportunity to see it in its rawest form.

Have you got any exciting plans for the future? 

Recording more music.

Want to know more? Find them on Facebook, their Webpage and Twitter. They are also playing the Festival Republic Stage at Leeds (Friday) and Reading (Sunday). Check out our Reading and Leeds guide: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Reading days)

Author: Samuel Griffiths

Sam is a music correspondent for performance reviewed. He is also a budding professional drummer and in his spare time enjoys going to many gigs and playing guitar.