St. Lucia Perform Live on 89.3 the Current

Ross Clark St. Lucia
While traversing North America on their first headlining tour, Brooklyn-based St. Lucia visited radio station 89.3 The Current in Minneapolis in late January to play a few songs and chat with host Mary Lucia (no relation).

The band talked about their international flavor—frontman Jean-Philip Grobler grew up in South Africa and studied in the U.K.—and how they all ended up in New York. Bassist/guitarist Ross Clark discussed his Fender arsenal, the latest addition to which is a Jazzmaster guitar.

“The people at Fender have been really awesome to us and are helping us out with a lot of our gear,” Clark said. “I think I’ve had (the Jazzmaster) for almost a year now. Before this, I was playing a Telecaster; a Thinline — you know, the humbucker sound. In New York I used to do a lot more freelance work before St. Lucia started taking up more time, so the Telecaster was more like a working man’s guitar; a good workhorse. I could play a lot of different styles on it.

“The Jazzmaster has that just-left-of-right sound. It’s not a Tele. It’s not a Strat. It has its own unique sound, and you can get that nice, punchy, funky sound with it as well. So I really love this guitar, absolutely. Even though it’s a little dinged up now. This is the first night that the wood is a little cracked and stuff, so I’m a little bummed about that.”

St. Lucia pulled out three gems from recent album When the Night during the performance, “All Eyes on You,” “The Way You Remembered Me” and “Elevate.”

Click here to listen to the full performance and click here to read more from Clark.


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