St Vincent wasn’t a band I knew too much about before seeing them this week at The Factory in Sydney. I’d listened to the most recent record, Strange Mercy, but other than that, I was pretty blind to Annie Erin Clark’s little band. I knew she was part of The Polyphonic Spree and had played in Sufjan Stevens‘s band, but I had no idea what to expect seeing her live.
I was blown away – utterly. She was like nothing else I’d really seen, playing her discordant guitar with venom and performing brilliantly to an enthusiastic little crowd. Year Of The Tiger, the last song on the record and the last song on the night before the encores, was one of the highlights of the show, but the whole night was superb. I’ll be seeing her and her band again as soon as I can. I’m enthralled.