St. Lucia

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St. Lucia

The Night Game

Tue, October 9

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Wonder Ballroom

Portland, OR

$25.00 - $99.00

This event is all ages

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St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Hyperion is the title of St. Lucia's third record. The process was as soul-searching as Grobler has found album writing to be - life had changed a lot. Firstly, Grobler and his wife and bandmate Patricia Beranek found out at the end of touring previous album Matter (2016) that they were pregnant. Patti miscarried, but the idea of parenthood had nestled itself deep within Grobler and he began to seek an evolved role for himself. The other change was that the professional stakes felt higher. In fact, there was a point at which Grobler faced the question of whether Hyperion might be St. Lucia's final offering…

Grobler had become disassociated with traditional songwriting paths, particularly the LA sessions scene. He pondered about his inspirations, and studied the craft of some of his most cherished albums. “When I think of all my favorite artists like Talk Talk, Kate Bush and Radiohead, their art is a pure expression of themselves,” he says. “They're not going to write with some person who has twenty #1 hits. They're digging as deep as they can to find something purely from their perspective and hoping that translates into success.”

He felt a strong need to be similarly self-sufficient. The solitary voyage he would go on was riddled with self-doubt, confusion and uncertainty. “I thought a lot about what kind of message I want to send to my kid,” he reflects. “In many ways, the things we create as individuals have nothing to do with what other people are creating, or trends.” As Grobler realized this he suddenly found himself unafraid of what everyone else was doing.

Grobler wanted to go old school with the album's manifestation: playing as a band in the room with his co-conspirators – Ross Clark, Nick Paul, Dustin Kaufman and Patti. First, however, there needed to be songs, and with Grobler (a self-professed “musical hoarder”) there were many thoughts to work through. It took the entirety of 2017 for the album to start congealing. There were moments of feeling lost, and for much of the process Grobler wondered why he was being pulled in two opposite directions.

On the one hand he was knee-deep in studying the unabashed rock'n'roll of albums like Dark Side Of The Moon and Rumours. On the other he was wrapping his head around the likes of PC Music and St. Lucia’s former tourmate Charli XCX, acts that are leading the futuristic pop game. “I was going for this organic man-in-the-woods direction, but also thinking: how fake can I make it?” Eventually he found a compromise by fighting to create the record with the band playing in a room together and creating the alive sensibility of a traditional rock album, but keeping the ambition modern. Once he had enough ideas, he threw caution to the wind and arranged the songs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard studios. “Every day we would tackle one song.” It was intimate and fun, but more guidance was required.

That's where legendary producer Rob Kirwan came in. The British maestro is responsible for records by PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode and U2. He's used to spending prolonged periods with people who like to take their time. Even more importantly here, he was a big fan of '80s English high-minded romantic pop. The pair went back into the studio and re-did all the band performances with that same high-minded pop in mind.
The Night Game
The Night Game
Indie pop/new wave band founded by Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls.