Hailing from Western Australia, San Cisco are an indie-dream pop trio with an upbeat and playful sound. We caught up with Scarlett, the drummer and singer of the band to talk about previous singles, being on the road and what the rest of the year holds for them.
Tell us about yourselves and your music.
San Cisco is Jordi, Josh and myself. We make pop music and have been a band since 2009. We all live in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Tell us about your new single, ‘On the Line’
‘On The Line’ is a song about hanging onto a relationship that is in crisis mode and not knowing whether to let go or give it another crack. But I’d say it’s pretty optimistic. It’s a love song.
The song is about being more vulnerable in a relationship, but do you think we need to be more open as a society in general?
I think if everyone made themselves more vulnerable, spoke more openly about their feelings and let go of their fears we would be better off as a society. We’d probably be better to each other.
What’s the story behind the music video for the single?
We had a lyrics video made for ‘On The Line’, but felt that it didn’t do the song justice so at the very last minute we linked up with local director Brendan ‘Bubba’ Hutchens to make a video clip. We had a day to shoot this little story line we had come up with, which was inspired by the loosening of covid-19 restrictions here in WA. We wanted to capture the band getting back together to play music after months in isolation and what that first taste of freedom looked and felt like. I like how the video took on its own meaning from the song. We’re all stoked with how it came together.
What does your usual writing process look like?
It changes all the time. Sometimes Jordi will write a verse and chorus on acoustic guitar and we will turn it into a pop song or Josh will have a riff and we’ll brainstorm ideas for lyrics together. Most of the songs come from demos/voice memos and we slowly build from there.
Who are your musical influences?
When we formed the band we were listening to Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, MGMT, the XX, Gorillaz. I think our style has changed and evolved a lot since then, but our pop roots still remain. We all have pretty different tastes. We were listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, America, Eagles whilst making ‘between you and me’ our fourth album, so hopefully some of those influences can be heard on there.
It’s so great to see more women playing the drums in a cool band! What do you think the industry should be doing to encourage more women in music, away from the stereotypical ‘singing and dancing’ role?
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the singing and dancing role! There are women killing it in every area of music and performance they just need to be supported and valued the same way as men are. I think ensuring female representation in all aspects of the music industry is a good step towards making women feel safe and supported in this industry. I don’t really have all the answers, but I do think that there’s a lot of positive change happening.
Do you feel that you have had different experiences in the industry than your band mates?
Yes, definitely in the early days of touring I came across a lot of sexism and misogyny in the industry. I think it still exists, but the difference is that it’s being talked about now more than ever and that’s very comforting.
What was it like working with the producer Chris Coady, who has also worked with bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzly Bear?
Chris came onboard at the mixing stage, so we had already recorded the songs with a producer. We got to meet him in LA while he was doing some mixes for us, at his studio in West Hollywood. He is super lovely and did an amazing job with our single ‘Reasons’. It was very cool getting to meet someone we all really look up to.
You have done a lot of tours and festivals across the world. What are the best and worst parts about touring?
The best part of touring is that you become family with the other bands that you’re on the road with. I think some of our favourite tours have been overseas ones where we share a bus with another band. The downside of touring is early lobby calls, not being able to have a solid routine and missing your loved ones at home.
What’s the craziest story you have from travelling as a band?
Someone broke into our van in Bristol and accidentally locked themselves in. They used a knife to wedge the door open but cut themselves in the process and bled all over the van and our gear before escaping. Crazy stuff!
What does 2020 hold for you?
We are releasing our fourth album titled ‘Between You and Me’ in September which we are all super proud of. We recorded it in Fremantle and Mullumbimby over the last couple of years and worked on it with a couple of different songwriters/producers/mixers and in different studios so it’s definitely been a bit of a journey. We are super excited for our fans to hear it and just can’t wait to get it out there!
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