FREMANTLE band San Cisco celebrated the release of their third album The Water with a whirlwind tour of America, Europe, and Oz.
Back home in Freo they’re playing a special show to help launch Freo.Social, a new venue at the revamped old artillery drill hall on Parry Street.
The venue was formerly home to the popular Fly By Night Club, which featured a slew of local and international acts.
San Cisco were originally called King George – a nod to their early days kicking about on the streets of East Fremantle – and they all met while studying at Fremantle Christian Brothers College.
Lead singer Jordi Davieson says they quickly dropped the name and folksy music they were playing.
“We decided to make music people would dance to and wanted a name change.”
They choose San Cisco “because it means nothing” and has a quirky ring to it, Davieson says.
Since the band formed about 10 years ago their music has evolved and matured, but they haven’t lost the catchy dance beats.
“The main thing is, we are more and more involved with our music,” Davieson says.
“In the early days music was something we did instead of homework.”
John Butler and The Waifs, and Melbourne-based muso Dan Sultan will also play at the launch of Freo.Social.
Veteran promoter Phil Stevens says the renovated and extended venue is amazing.
“It will complement smaller venues like Mojos, and larger ones like Freo Arts Centre and Metropolis.
“It made sense that our roster of artists should be amongst the first to play there, and start what will hopefully be a rich calendar of acts to come and visit Fremantle.”
For shows details go to http://www.freo.social.com
By Jenny D’Anger