Thursday, August 22, 2013

San Cisco Sails Forth...

12 AUGUST, 2013
After a weekend traipsing Golden Gate Park in pursuit of all that is Outsidelands, the perfect antidote turned out to be a show that was in one building, too packed to walk more than 10 feet at any given time. The venue was Slims, and the band was San Cisco. Still seeing dividends from their debut last fall on Fat Possum Records, the Australian quartet played to a packed house that got more raucous as the set progressed. I ended up perched on a railing, over a stairwell that was at least twelve feet down, jostled by the passing crowd, later to discover the broken glass underfoot, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. San Cisco was engaging, seeming to delight in the enthusiastic audience, some of which were fellow countrymen/women, and by set's end, I was won over. "Wild Things", in the middle, livened up the proceedings, and the closing one-two punch of "Awkward" and "Fred Astaire" brought things to a close with a flourish. The audience was split fairly evenly, with the girls being the loudest, and the night's abiding memory is the smell of high-end bath and beauty products. On the encore tip, they put their own special spin on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", and that was the frosting on the cake, as far as the audience was concerned. After slogging across country on a headlining tour, San Francisco must have seemed like home for San Cisco.

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