DAY 1 – GRIZZLY BEAR & ST VINCENT @ LEEDS MET STUDENTS UNION
St Vincent at Leeds Met Students Union
Drowned in Sound absolutely adore St Vincent, and having seen a clip of her in soundcheck on said website a few weeks ago I was intrigued to learn that her support slot on the Grizzly Bear tour was solo. Apart from supplementary guitar on one song by Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, it was just Annie Clark, a looping pedal, and some sequenced backing. I must say I was surprised by how diverse she could be within those limitations. As Sam commented to me after The Strangers, she somehow managed to go seamlessly from 40s jazz guitar to an onslaught reminiscent of Joe Satriani in just 30 seconds. Songs such as Save Me From What I Want worked really well with her looping backing vocals along with herself, and during the more frenetic passages of Marrow she had the appearance of a manikin suffering a seizure. Her cover of The Beatles’ Dig A Pony was a pleasant surprise too. I was very impressed, and would like to know how these songs come across with a full band.
What a few days lie ahead for gigs in the area!Â Tonight (Thursday) there is Grizzly Bear + St. Vincent at Leeds Met Students Union.Â Friday night there is Daniel Johnston + Laura Marling + The Wave Pictures at the Brudenel Social Club.Â Then on Saturday back at Leeds Met again, Choir Of Young Believers are supporting Mew!Â And of all the above, what with it being Fireworks Night, it would seem most appropriate to suggest you watch the marvellous video for Grizzly Bear‘s Two Weeks: