Considering the last couple of weeks here in the New York metropolitan area, and the Eastern Seaboard, a couple of weeks ago seems like a different life – but a couple of weeks ago, I caught St. Lucia and Escort at Escort’s First Annual Halloween Show at Webster Hall.
- I caught St. Lucia at Brooklyn Bowl a couple of months back, and after catching them at Webster Hall, I have to admit that I was even more impressed, and liked them more the second time around. And although the band had just flown in from a Los Angeles gig, you wouldn’t be able to tell – they played with an infectious, amiable energy, and in many ways, it seemed as though the crowd and band fed off each other. What was truly interesting was how a number of the early concertgoers were familiar with St. Lucia’s material, singing along lustily to most of the set. (It also helped that much of the material consisted of the songs from the self-titled EP.)
- The 17 member unit, Escort has been winning over critics and fans since they hit the scene a few years back, with their sound that mixes Donna Summer-era disco with more modern production values. And although their sound isn’t the most original thing out there. After all, if you’ve heard one disco tune, you’ve probably heard about half-a-dozen easily. But Escort does it well. Their sound employs incredibly lush arrangements similar to that of Quincy Jones’ production style and of Barry White – we’re talking about backing string sections, horns, lots of various percussion and the like. Out of all of their musicians, I was impressed by their bass player, and I have to admit that all good dance songs rely on bass. If the bassist or the bass line is shit, the song falls apart.