Review: San Cisco at The Gov

Words By Nathan King
Photos by Wade Whitington

With fans new and old, last Thursday The Gov was set for another evening featuring some of the most outstanding Australian talent working the road these days. Now back for album number three, titled The Water, San Cisco began their tour in Adelaide with Brisbane starlet Thelma Plum along for the journey.

Arriving to a sold out venue, Thelma Plum sprung onto the Gov stage with a roundhouse of applause from all in attendance. Thelma’s easy-going vocals entwined with her synth-pop musical backing band served as the perfect show and tour opening act to get all invested in her musical prowess.

Though her backing band is comfortable in the realm of synth, there were several occurrences during her set where Thelma and her cohort placed the pop melodies slightly aside to embellish in some more rock laden riffs. Her track ‘How Much Does Your Love Cost?’ is a key example of this, with its Ennio Morricone-esque spaghetti western guitar style. For the die-hard fans, Thelma also managed to fit in some of her older material such as ‘Around Here’, which drew quite a quaint sing-a-long to it.

Now to greet a crowd that was practically howling with anticipation, San Cisco confidently burst onto stage, with a roar one might mistake for a hometown welcoming. Now into their third album, and having amassed a sizable back catalogue of certified indie-pop hits, San Cisco are more than familiar with how to entice a audience, to leave them wanting more, and to bask in every blissful smile that salutes them with every chord. 

Launching straight into fresh material with the first single off the new album, ‘SloMo’ drew instant frolicking from all, and a feel good pop hook that seemed to confirm that San Cisco have, as always, delivered nothing short of pop brilliance. Track after track of new material and they could do no wrong, for when they brought out more established hits like ‘Fred Astaire’ and ‘Too Much Time Together’ it would seem that they're in a league of their own.

You can keep up to date with San Cisco, their new album The Water, and their remaining tour dates on Facebook.

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