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San Cisco Takes on San Francisco

The Foghorn’s Lauren Burge interviews Jordi Davieson, lead singer for the Australian indie band touring in the United States.

San Cisco

 San Cisco,  the indie-funk beach pop band hails from Freemantle, Australia playing summer tunes by mixing old instruments with synths. The young and successful band released their first EP, “Golden Revolver” in 2011 and since then recorded their debut album (2012) and second EP “Awkward”(2012). The Aussie band is performing live at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco the night of April 4th, be sure to check them out! Before the show the Foghorn spoke with lead singer, Jordi Davieson to chat about San Cisco’s current US tour, love for Nintendo 64 and plans for a new album.

FOGHORN: You are currently touring the U.S. What has that been like?

Jordi: There has been a lot of driving and seeing a lot of different places. It has been pretty cool. We have been on the road for three months now.

FOGHORN: You were recently on your first U.S. tour with “The Vaccines.” How was that?

Jordi: It was really fun! We played some really good venues and being a support band is good because you get there early and you leave early.

FOGHORN: YOLO. What does this word mean to San Cisco?

Jordi: YOLO—well you only live once. You just do stupid stuff and it’s okay because you only live once.

FOGHORN: San Cisco’s debut album was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Triple J. How did that make you guys feel?

Jordi: It was pretty amazing. Triple J has always supported us really well. It was a surprise to get that. It gives us the extra bit of confidence that helps a lot. We were very stoked to hear that recognition from them.

FOGHORN: So I heard San Cisco is a huge fan of Nintendo 64—what is your all time favorite game and what have you been playing lately?

Jordi: 007 Golden Gun or Mario Cart are our favorite games. Lately we have been on the road for three months so the band has an XBOX 360 so we have just been playing HALO.

FOGHORN: Did you ever imagine two years ago when your first EP, “Golden Revolver” was released that San Cisco would play at events like Groovin the Moo or SXSW?

Jordi: No, no way. We had no idea that it ever was going to take off—but it has. We also never thought that we would get to San Francisco so we didn’t think the name would matter that much. But it turns out we are going to be there so it will be pretty awkward.

FOGHORN: If you could choose any band to go on tour with whom would it be and why?

Jordi: We would really like to go on tour with Vampire Weekend or Haim—they are from California and they are great.

FOGHORN: Your second EP, “Awkward” was released on February 3, 2012 and has been quite the buzz in America. Any plans for a new EP or new album in the near future?

Jordi: There will be an album coming out in spring with Fat Possum Records.

FOGHORN: Do you have any Australian music suggestions for American listeners?

Jordi: Yeah, Snakadaktal—they are a really good Aussie band and The Preatures—great band especially on tour.

FOGHORN: Do you have any last words for San Franciscans?

Jordi: I really like your city, I think it is a cool place and come down to the show!

San Cisco is playing live @ The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco TONIGHT (Thursday, April  4th) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 

 

 

SF Footy: Fast. Fun. Friendly.

It is Australia’s signature sport and the third most popular game on the globe. Its championship game is the most attended worldwide.

I, for one, hadn’t heard of it. And to the best of my knowledge, neither had you—until now.

Australian football—footy, as it is affectionately known—is fast, fun, and available to play in the Bay Area. San Francisco Footy is a co-ed, non-contact footy league co-founded by native San Franciscan and longtime footy enthusiast Jessica Estrada. The group meets once per week at various expansive outdoor spaces in San Francisco.

“SF Footy welcomes anyone to come get outside and play,” Estrada said. “Regardless if you are a current or former athlete, never picked up a ball in your life, or just looking to meet people, SF Footy has something for everyone.”

USF graduate student Robin Bishop has been involved with SF Footy since its inauguration in 2011.

“Footy is a great, unconventional game that many people enjoy for exercise, camaraderie, and fun, regardless of athletic ability, body type, or experience,” Bishop said.

So she invited me to a match last Sunday.

About 15 people showed up to the soccer field in the Sunset, and Bishop introduced me to the gang. Everyone was kind and welcoming as they encouraged me to participate in the upcoming match. I said no (at first), because I only wanted to observe.

Following some casual conversation, the group split into two teams. Each team practiced hand passes and kicks, and the game began shortly thereafter.

My first impression was that footy looked fast-paced and fun. Players ran around the field, passing the elliptical ball by holding it in one hand and whacking it with their other hand, clenched into a fist.

I also learned some of the rules. Kicking the ball through uprights scores points. There are four uprights; a kick through the inner two is worth six points and a kick between an outer upright and an inner upright is worth one.

A kick can also function as a pass. If a player catches a kicked ball before it hits the ground, that player earns the mark and is permitted to back up as far as she wants without defender interference. Earning a mark is advantageous because it gives a player the opportunity to kick the ball towards the uprights uncontested.

After the first half was over, I was once again encouraged to join in the game. This time, I accepted the request. Someone was nice enough to loan me an extra pair of cleats.

For the next 30 minutes, I played and had a great time. I learned there are many different ways to participate in footy. Running, catching, kicking, and passing are all integral and equally important parts of the game. Bishop reiterated this point after the game.

“There is always a spot for interested new players on the field, regardless of athleticism, because Aussie rules football uses so many unique skills and diverse abilities,” she said.

When the game was over, many players were sweaty, some were dirty, and all were in good spirits. It was the final match of the season and everyone prepared to go out for food and drinks. Once again, I was invited to participate. Although I had to decline, I could see why people returned to this group week after week and even hung out before and after games.

“The people who play with SF Footy are fun, inviting, encouraging, and positive,” Bishop said. “We usually go out for pizza or tacos after the games and many of us meet up outside of league games for a kick, a jog, or for a non-sport related night out.”

Even other local media recognize this attractive group. SF Footy won SF Weekly’s “Best Full-Contact Fun with (Clothed) Strangers” award for the year 2012.

“SF Footy provides a social, yet competitive place for many active San Franciscans. Footy is the greatest sport on earth, and we want to provide everyone the opportunity to learn about and how to play this crazy Australian sport,” Estrada said.

While the sport may seem crazy at first, veterans like Estrada and Bishop make it seem safe for all.

“Anyone can play SF Footy,” Bishop said. “The tag version of the sport is set up to maximize fun and safety. The veterans love to teach new people how to play the game and everyone is encouraging.”

Indeed, I could not have felt more welcomed by this group. Before, during, and after the match, everyone was polite and inviting.

SF Footy has something for everyone. Whether you want to meet new people, try new things, or exercise in a fun and dynamic way, SF Footy will welcome you with open arms.

For more information about SF Footy, check them out online at www.SFFooty.com.