Calling all hippies, indie folk, and lovers of the melodic and insane! The St Vincent concert is one of the best shows I’ve seen thus far. If you ever get the opportunity to go see Annie Clark perform live, do it! You won’t regret it. She use to tour with Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, the two bands that book ended my college years. St Vincent own sound is much more manic, though angelic at the same time. Strange Mercy is her third and best album following Marry Me, and Actor.
Webster Hall is as grungy as I remember it, with paint peeling off the wall and god knows what staining the floor; I am sort of glad it’s crazy dark . The show is sold out so everyone is packed in like cattle, and despite getting there early, we still barely have room to walk. Ange and I push to the center of the stage and witness the longest sound check in the world. When she finally comes on the stage, people (myself included) are swooning and going nutso like she’s the goshdarn Pope. Sister’s got fans, and a lot of them are guys. They claim it’s not because she’s hot (though she is), but because she can shred (and she most certainly can).
“Holy Sh*t!” becomes my choice phrase for the night. Annie is slamming her guitar so hard, I’m half expecting it to start bleeding. She kills all my favorites with include “Strange Mercy”, “Cruel”, and “Northern Lights” (listen here). Her voice sounds out as clear as spring water and her lyrics pierce my soul: “I’ll be with you lost boys/Sneaking out where the shivers won’t find you.” The whole night is magical and I can stand how cute her clothes are. Before I know it, she plays her last song and during the crescendo, she “oh.my.god.what.is.she.doing” stage dives right in front of us. My friend Ange is holding up her ass or something and I am just thinking, WTF! I must say she is a brave, brave girl to jump into a crowd of people who want her so badly. She’s so beautiful, talented, and funny; it makes me want to either A) lick her face or B) crawl into a hole and die. Sigh, I love her. Some video footage to follow tonight so stay tuned, my loves!
The photos above are mine shot with my Leica D-Lux 5, but check out MJ reader Yi-Chin Ling’s Flickr for some really amazing shots from last night’s show. Thanks for sharing!