When I found out that I was attending both of St. Lucia’s back-to-back show dates in Toronto (one opening for Two Door Cinema Club at The Mod Club, and the next at The Danforth Music Hall with Peace and TDCC), I wasn’t sure what to expect; all I knew that I was in love with their debut record and couldn’t wait to see them live.
Before St. Lucia took the stage, I had the pleasure of sitting down with frontman Jean-Philip Grobler to catch up and talk about playing shows in New York City, touring with Two Door Cinema Club, and his favourite guilty pleasures.
The quintet (Jean-Philip Grobler, Patricia Beranek, Nick Brown, Ross Clark, and Nick Paul) graced each venue with a beautiful combination of Afro-funk, new wave nuanced, shimmering trop-pop. It was clear to see that the band were no strangers to having a good time and taking the stage. St. Lucia’s debut record When the Night was released on October the 8th, and with songs as strong as their single Elevate and as dreamy as The Night Comes Again, there wasn’t a disappointing moment in their entire sets.
If you have the chance to catch St. Lucia while on tour with Two Door Cinema Club, please do so. The charisma, explosive harmonies, and pure genuine soul they were able to deliver was magical. And in the end, live or on disc, the music has the ability of bringing fans joy. And as a fan myself, I can’t really ask anything more from a band.
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout