San Cisco

San Cisco

Chaos Chaos

Fri, March 22, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Johnny Brenda's

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Facebook comments:

San Cisco
San Cisco
You hear the distinct vibration of your mobile phone. A text message from a new crush. Do you text back? Do you wait? Is it stalking or does it just show that you're keen? Everyone has been there, taking those first steps in a new relationship. It's, well, awkward.

For San Cisco, there has been very little waiting around. The four-piece have followed their own path since emerging from Fremantle, Western Australia, a few years ago. From humble beginnings of weekend jams to being nominated for a 2011 Unearthed J Award and landing themselves at #7 in triple j's Hottest 100 countdown the band have a natural chemistry, growing organically into their own mold to create their sophomore EP, "Awkward."

Lead single 'Awkward' is an unmistakable pop gem featuring the vocal talents of both Jordi Davieson and drummer, Scarlett Stevens. Penned in the studio one afternoon, the song was voted in to the top 10 of triple j's Hottest 100 and scored almost 1,000,000 plays on youtube.

Following on from their success of their debut EP, "Golden Revolver," San Cisco returned to the recording studio with Steven Schram (Little Red, Little Birdy and Cat Empire) in Melbourne to delve further into the songs they had perfected on stage and in the backyard shed. The finished product is their sophomore EP, "Awkward" featuring five tracks of indie pop goodness, showcasing Jordi's turn of phrase and Josh Biondillo's varied influences in his music writing. In its entirety it is an eclectic mix of indie pop with dashes of rock and slashes of synth. Each member of the band brings a different influence to the table from their diverse and eclectic palate of indie, rap, hip-hop and jazz.

Schoolmates Josh and Jordi bonded over their love for skateboarding and the water, but what brought them together was their passion for music. While Josh is the music man coming to the table with the arrangement and melody, Jordi will talk over the top delivering a slew of words that grows into his in-depth lyrics fantasizing about the world. Add fellow schoolmates, bassist Nick Gardner and Scarlett Stevens on drums and San Cisco came to fruition.

The five-track EP is a statement of intent for a band on the cusp of something big. The energetic and upbeat 'Rocket Ship' plays out Jordi's dreams about leaving everything behind that you know and trust to uncover and discover what may become.

The irresistible 'Lover' shows off their buoyant and bright song-writing with each verse following the progression of a relationship. A rousing cover of the Arctic Monkey's '505' adds a new dimension to the EP, played out like a science experiment between Schram and the band one afternoon in the studio. Taking the tempo a little more downbeat is the closing and emotively powerful song, 'Reckless', true to its lyrical content that "Reckless is fun when you are not the one that gets hurt."

Penning tunes for some time, as well as amassing an assortment of instruments, band mates Josh and Nick have accumulated numerous instruments that they repair, rebuild and add to their collection. The intricacies of these instruments that they repair and play become more a part of their knowledge and growth as musicians, experimenting with new sounds.

Having already graced the stages of Big Day Out, Laneway, Fuse Festival and Big Sound as well as a selling out their first national tour. San Cisco are heard on airwaves around the world gaining airplay on triple j, community radio in Australia, London's XFM station, college radio across the USA and Flux FM in Germany. San Cisco have set themselves apart from their counterparts with the depth of their song-writing and their bright catchy hooks.

With all this in place, it is little wonder that San Cisco already have some stalkers of their own. The "Awkward" EP out now through San Cisco's own record label Island City Records independently through MGM.
Chaos Chaos
Chaos Chaos
Chaos Chaos is Asy and Chloe (formerly of Smoosh). We feel that it's time for a change. Right now we are finishing up an ep's worth of songs that will be released early fall. We won't be touring or playing any more shows as Smoosh, but have kept the Smoosh website and facebook so that we can still communicate with you all about our past music or anything at all involving Smoosh. We're so excited to begin this new project. We are calling it a 'project' because it is an experiment —we are trying to embody this idea of going all out with everything, including our everyday lives. We're changing ourselves —like the giant amoeba that is a 'chaos chaos'. Haha. In the Physics sense, this new name applies to us —our lives have been disordered. There's been an amoeba at the core of our music, where the form is always changing, moving in different directions. This is how we approach music, so in a sense this new band name fits perfectly! I know we'll make mistakes along the way, 'cause we're human and all that, and because we'll be taking risks. But, we can't wait to continue doing this project. The process has already been fun and quite an adventure.

Imagine a giant amoeba. If you can't do that just imagine a giant blob. That's what music is right now. Something that is always there and always changing –and it can be turned into anything.

Chloe: Percussion makes you feel a song rather than just hear it. Percussion drives. It can drive someone to kill, to dance, to make love, to take risks, or to free themselves. On a typical New York day you'll hear music and percussion over 50 times. You can't get away from it, actually. Or maybe that's just New York. A day without music would be dull and depressing. With all this different music surrounding YOU, what you take from it is unique and individual. Music is personal, but also shared –it's this huge never-ending cycle.

Percussion flows through your whole body. It feels good to bob your head to the beat. Percussion for the people! We need it!

Asy: I kind of feel like I am 65 right now, though I also feel 12. I've been working on my songwriting for 14 years now, (WHAT THE HECK), but I approach songwriting like a kid looking for an adventure. Because of this combination my songwriting is a collision of patience and impulse.

This is a really interesting time for me. Recently, I became restless. Had an early midlife crisis… I absolutely needed to experience more and take more risks (in songwriting and in other parts of my life). I decided to become my own student of music, listening to many different genres and styles and taking bits of things as I went, eventually blending them into a giant smoothie that I poured into my songs. I let myself be honest, which was hard because that meant entering an uncomfortable place, where a light was shined on everything (even unspeakable things).

Right now I like to write music the way I live life—sort of like a risk junkie. I've somehow convinced myself to keep getting uncomfortable. I think this should be the year of discomfort—for everybody—because when you challenge yourself to do something that's risky or a little uncomfortable you won't ever regret it. Well. Maybe sometimes you would. BUT, that risk will push you to a new place in your life—a place that's meaningful and chaotic in a good way. For me this place is the amoeba place, —the always changing, always full of possibilities place. Chaos Chaos. Wooh!

We can't wait to share our new music with you all! We want to hear you (send us your thoughts) and see you (at the shows, yeah!)

-Asy and Chloe
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125