LIVE: St. Lucia @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/16/16
Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte
Opening the evening’s performance was Tigertown, an electronic/pop group from Sydney, Australia. They describe themeslves as a band with a “special familial bond,” and indeed Tigertown features the husband-and-wife duo of Charlie and Chris Collins, along with Chris’ siblings on synth and bass. With a rather engaging and upbeat set, the band impressed most if not all of the audience. Tigertown released their EP Lonely Cities – produced by BØRNS’ principle collaborator Tommy English – earlier this month.
Jean-Phillip Grobler – better known as St. Lucia – was backed by his band primarily made up of drummers, playing amidst a tropical/desert stage theme. With the stage lined with aloe plants and cacti, evidence of Grobler’s South African upbringing and the influence that it has had on his music. St. Lucia’s set was a diverse mix of songs from his two albums When the Night (2013) and the brand new Matter. The set wrapped up with “Elevate,” a clear fan favorite.