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.”