St. Lucia elevated to the top the list of favorite bands of 2013 list after I got turned on to their 2012 self-titled EP. Brooklyn-based St. Lucia is technically a solo artist and centers on the dream-weavy pop music of Johannesburg-born Jean-Philip Grobler. This guy has the face of an angel which is appropriate since he cut his teeth at the Drankenberg Boy’s Choir in South Africa. In live performances, musicians Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paul and Patty Beranek join Grobler on stage and their chemistry and friendship is palpable.
Promoting their brand-spanking new album, When the Night, St. Lucia got the plumb opportunity to tour with Two Door Cinema Club on their North American tour. Playing to a packed house inside Hammerstein Ballroom, they got things started with ‘The Night Comes Again’ and ‘We Got It Wrong’ which both capture the essence of St. Lucia’s sound of grand synths and driving EDM beats coupled with Grobler’s hot vocals. No song captures it better than my pick for best song on the new album: ‘Too Close.’
My concert pal Marianne and I turned second balcony lemon seats into prime box seat lemonade. Perched like meerkats on the first balcony on the left side (Maz in yellow with bag across her chest and me in black to her right… can you see us?), it was the perfect vantage point to see St. Lucia perform their best known songs ‘All Eyes On You,’ latest single ‘Elevate’ and their closer ‘September.’ Everyone in the hall was so excited including Grobler himself who in an overzealous rock move, didn’t stick a landing and crashed on the stage. But so what, who cares if all eyes are on you? You’re still a rock star.