San Cisco not so Awkward after all

Luck. That's what San Cisco frontman Jordi Davieson puts his band's sudden success down to.

The Fremantle five-piece released their debut EP Golden Revolver last year and quickly followed it up with Awkward this month.

For a band whose average age is 18 years they're doing pretty well for themselves.

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The magic wand that is triple j's Unearthed has helped their rise to success.

Golden Revolver, the lead single from their debut was the fourth-most-played Australian song on the youth network.

The follow-up lead single Awkward did even better, landing at No.7 in the station's Hottest 100 poll.

While all five members were at the same high school, they were in different bands. But what makes this one stick is a combination of things says Davieson.

"I think our eclectic range of musical influences makes for a different sound," he says. "Plus, good marketing but also a lot of luck. I think most of our success rides on luck. There's a lot of bands out there that could do what we're doing, but we've just got good management and have had a lot of luck."

Awkward, the song that recounts the tale of two youngsters in the modern dating game, with duelling vocals by Davieson and drummer Scarlett (Stevens) has hit the right chord with indie-pop lovers.

Davieson says the catchy tune came about in the studio.

"It came about from a session in the recording studio when we went to record a song," he says. "We didn't really like it so we decided to write a new song in the studio, which we'd never done before. The lyrics were a joint decision. Each song you try to have something different and having the duo was something we hadn't done before."

The band's latest EP also includes a cover of Arctic Monkey's 505.

"I've always liked Arctic Monkeys," Davieson says. "It's one of those songs that you always sing in your head. Plus, we like to do a cover on all of our EPs. We did a cover of Tame Impala's Solitude Is Bliss. It's kind of our thing."

Reckless stands out on the EP as a slower folk track which Davieson says is a step back to the band's roots.

"The band was first called King George which had more of a folk feel," he says. "And that's probably where that song sits. But Reckless in a live show is very different - the real (live) version is a bit more schizophrenic. For the recorded version we needed a bit of dynamic on the EP which is why it's different."

San Cisco has certainly made an impact but Davieson says he still has work to do.

"I think I need to work on my stage persona," he says. "You watch someone like Jonny (Pierce) from The Drums and he looks great up there. It would be good to find something like that or I wouldn't mind being like Kanye (West), but I'd probably have to be a rapper first."

The band has plans to record another EP this year before aiming for an album in 2013.

San Cisco plays the Byron Bay Brewery on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm along with The Jungle Giants and Oceanics. Tickets $14 pre-sale/ $15 on the door.


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