Interview: San Cisco
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:22:51
"Fred Astaire's the man for you" goes the hook of San Cisco's single "Fred Astaire".
Now, the Australian four-piece's self-titled U.S. debut certainly possesses a level of class on par with that of the aforementioned legend. It's the kind of glistening rock that shimmies with just enough danceability to make you groove and enough heart to make you feel. In other words, it's downright delightful.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Nick Gardner of San Cisco talks the album and so much more.
What ties together the album for you? Is there one thread or link?
Not any in particular. I think having it in its finished form with a hard copy and artwork definitely tied it all together and made it feel like one piece of work instead of just a bunch of songs.
What's the story behind "Fred Astaire"? Where did the song come from, and what's it about?
This song is basically about thinking you're not good enough. The girl you're after has another guy nearby who seems better than you.
What do "Nepal" and "Outro" mean to you? They bookend the album nicely.
They both mean a lot to us but for different reasons. Nepal is one of our oldest surviving songs. We used to play it before we were San Cisco. Outro was the first song we tracked at home. Most of the song was tracked in Josh's room.
What artists shaped you? Who do you come back to now that you listened to as a kid?
We all had strong musical influences when we were growing up. Dad was my biggest influence so I basically grew up listening to what he listened to. It's a great basis to have, we all definitely refer back to his generation of music a lot.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
It's definitely important for a song to have meaning. If it doesn't, it's hard to play night after night.
What influences you outside of music?
David Byrne's latest book.
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Probably Bad Boys II...
What's next for you?
Well I need to get out of bed and find some coffee first and foremost.
Have you heard San Cisco?