San Cisco hit The Gov for one night only serving as the perfect sound track to bring in the long weekend. It is great that they’re able to once again hit the road for their own headline shows to celebrate the release of their recent album Between You And Me before this thing called Covid got in the way. It is a cracking album with eleven gems that shine in their own right.
Opening with Skin which morphed in to the Skin (Gum & Ginoli Remix) the crowd were finally able to dance with the collective albatross of Covid restrictions being removed allowing them to dance and sing to their hearts content. It was great to see and I rang the band lifted a couple of cogs seeing it as well. When I Dream followed and Jordi Davieson asked how everyone is feeling and that they love playing The Gov. Hits Awkward and Run kept up the intensity and momentum. Jordi spoke of the last six days spent living it up in the Adelaide Hills with plenty of tennis, Uber Eats and minimising contact with others to be able to keep their show on the road. Apologising as well to Bermuda Bay, who were great, for not being able to share the backstage area as they would have liked to met.
About You, Gone, Flaws played acoustically were great moments and it was great to hear Wash It All Away from their second album Gracetown. Scarlett got the crowd going when she said “ok Adelaide you sexy beast, I’ve got a special treat for you” to which Jordi responded “what a treat you are” heading off the drum to the front to share vocal duties on Messages. Then there was a chant for Scarlett to which she answered “I could learn to love you Adelaide” followed by the response by Jordi “don’t get to distracted, she is amazing”.
So many great songs to finish off their set with Alone, The Distance, Reasons and On The Line. Gov devotee Lionel was in form down front drawing the attention of Jordi saying “you have some serious going on there” referring to his fashion and dance moves. It was a real party vibe by the end finishing on Fred Astaire and Too Much Time Together. Fantastic! Hats off to local support Bermuda Bay who did a stellar job opening proceedings, first time seeing them, and are another band I’d like to see more of around the traps.
Live Review By Rob Lyon