St. Vincent 10/18/11

Music Box at Fonda – Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

It was towards the end of the set when someone in the crowd screamed “You are a really good guitar player.” I was thinking the exact same thing, yet was not drunk enough to scream it out at Annie Erin Clark, better known as St. Vincent. To be honest, I am not even sure how I ended up at the Music Box in Hollywood for a sold out performance by St. Vincent, but there I was drink in my hand watching a fellow Arrested Development fan rock it out on stage.

What puzzled me most about the evening was the crowd. It was like being at a wax museum, because nobody moved. Folks just stood in place and looked like they were dead. I can’t figure out why, the band sounded great performing plenty of tracks from the just released record Strange Mercy. Some of the highlights included “Cheerleader”, “Neutered Fruit” and “Chloe in the Afternoon.” Not even a cover of a song from the obscure British post-punk noise makers The Pop Group would excite the crowd. Truth be told it was rather depressing.

My lasting impression of the night was that the loud mouth in the crowd was dead on – St. Vincent is a really good guitar player. The tones, the sounds and the unusual licks coming from the six strings made me think of many post hardcore/space rock bands that I adore, yet sounded nothing like them at all. I also would not be shocked if St. Vincent was fighting a cold. If that’s the case, way to get up there and hang and sound great despite not feeling great. An enjoyable night of music I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did, there is no doubt I would check out St. Vincent again.

A direct descendant of the outlaw Jesse James and star of a 1983 Kilpatricks Bread radio commercial, Reverend Justito has taken his gift of ADHD and put it to good use by creating one of a kind concert reviews. A bootlegger at heart, the man lives off Whiskey, Taco Bell and the love of San Francisco sports teams.
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