San Cisco @ Adelaide Festival Summerhouse, Elder Park, Adelaide 26/2/2021

The Adelaide Festival Summerhouse is definitely a pleasant addition to the Festival which is hosting some awesome artists over the coming weeks. The was a real Friday night buzz around the precinct with people putting the grind of the week behind them and enjoy some great music. Tonight it was Western Australian indie pop sensations San Cisco who charmed the pants off the sold out crowd. Interestingly this was their first song outside of Western Australia and the first chance for fans outside of their home state to hear songs from their new album Between You And Me.

The band were in good spirits and up and about relishing the chance to be playing away from home. Opening with two new songs Skin and When I Dream from the new album Jordi commented on how good it was to be playing outside of Western Australia. Another new tune followed with Shine and Scarlett spoke about their “Adelaidian day eating and drinking Adelaidian food and wine”. Scarlett indicated that this felt like a holiday with a quip from Jordi saying he has a soft spot for Adelaide encouraging the crowd to dance despite not knowing what the rules are.

Some familiar tunes with The Distance and About You were well received. Jessie spoke about how excited he was to be playing these new songs outside of WA for the first time playing Gone and Flaws which are both stunners off the album. Playing as a five piece has really expanded their sound breathing some new life in to these songs. As Jordi described the next one being a treat for us Scarlett stepped away from the drums to take the lead on vocals. The on stage chemistry between Jordi and Scarlett is a sheer delight to watch. Jordi apologised for the fact that we all couldn’t be closer together and that these are crazy times. I think we are grateful that they were able to play in Adelaide.

New tune Alone was fantastic but the song the crowd went crazy for was the one turning ten was Awkward. Everyone was up and dancing proving to be a COVID Marshall’s nightmare! Jordi commented how Awkward is the hardest song of theirs to sing as their voices had dropped since recording it as he hadn’t hit puberty at the time. Reasons was brilliant (so to is the new remix by The Jungle Giants) before finishing with On The Line. The crowd were chanting for one more song and got two in Fred Astaire and Too Much Time Together. Awesome way to kick off the weekend.

Adelaide Festival Review By Rob Lyon

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