Saint Etienne sets off epic dance party at The Fonda
Saint Etienne – LIVE at The Fonda in Hollywood, CA 10/6/2017
UK indie dance pop outfit Saint Etienne have been making great 60’s vibe grooves since the early 90’s. On a bustling Friday night in Hollywood, California the band came full circle and wrapped up their rare North American tour.
Lead singer Sarah Cracknell looking elegant in all black and a white feather boa emerged and the band launched into “Kiss and Make Up” from their 1992 debut album ‘Foxbase Alpha’. The band seemed in great form and the crowd was very welcoming and upbeat as well, however, Sarah mentioned that she had a bad cough and cold and that perhaps she needed a Bourbon. It didn’t take long and she indeed was brought a bourbon, and while the performance seemed perfect to the crowd, the bourbon did seem to help in more ways then one.
The band played quite a few numbers from their fantastic new album ‘Home Counties’ released this year, including, a very upbeat “Out Of My Mind”, and “Magpie Eyes”. The band was so brilliant and had 8 members on stage using a variety of instruments including an electric violin, bongos and wind instruments. It really sounded perfect!
The dance party was in full effect on 2012’s “I’ve Got Your Music” from the ‘Words and Music’ album. This is a song that any dance club would drool over, perfect synths and drum claps, just pure bliss.
The fans especially were glad to hear Saint Etienne’s version of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”. It has such a great retro 60’s vibe, the whole place was in Pop Heaven. Also from the ‘Foxbase Alpha’ album the band busted out “Nothing Can Stop Us”. In the end the band closed their main set with “Sylvie” from 2009’s ‘Good Humor’ album. The song is a bongo infused disco-esque soul jam that left the crowd ravenous and wanting more.
Saint Etienne returned for more including “Train Drivers in Eyeliner” and a boogie session with “He’s On The Phone” that had the crowd singing along and cheering for more. The band did return for a final song and they chose one of their signature songs “You’re in a Bad Way” taken from their 1993 album ‘So Tough’.
All in all this show was really amazing and it really felt that at this moment with tensions high in the world and so many hearts broken due to so much violence and world issues that all everyone wanted to do at this show was dance and try to let the music heal their souls. It really was a beautiful thing and it was very apparent that Saint Etienne are a big bottle of musical happiness that should be drank in mass quantities!