LIVE REVIEW: San Cisco @ The Echo, LA 10/23/12
Australia’s indie pop darlings, San Cisco, made a smart move by naming their catchiest generic cialis head-bopping tune after the popular (and often overused) catch phrase “Awkward.” It is arguably this tune that drew a packed crowd to The Echo in Los Angeles this past Tuesday.
It’s rare when a support act nearly upstages the headliner. New Zealand’s Tom Lark did just that, busting out some electric energy with his crowd rocking garage pop. Lark’s piercing blue eyes, sandy blond locks, and jolting shimmies were reminiscent of a Radish-era Ben Kweller. Even though he is billed as a solo act, Lark’s band backs him with an equal amount of moxie.
From San Cisco frontman Julian Miner’s tight opening set, we would have guessed the band had been playing together for years — instead, this was the first public gig from the folk-pop outfit. Miner has been playing music under various monikers for years, however, his newest group is bound to go far, fitting in with the likes of The Head and the Heart and Of Monsters and Men.
Though the tunes of the Australian quartet are rather fresh in the US, fans are already screaming their names. As San Cisco set up their gear, guys called out for drummer Scarlett Stevens and gals swooned over frontman Jordi Davieson. Kicking things off with an airy intro, the band built up to their swift pop tunes to get the crowd in the rhythm.
Davieson’s babyface and crooning are made for heading a band, hooking in adoring girls left and right. And one cannot resist the drop dead gorgeousness of Stevens as she skillfully taps the skins. Their discography may not be hearty, but from their captivating stage presence and solid jams we see a healthy future for the little band from Fremantle.
Check out more awesome photos from the show HERE.