GOLD FIELDS, Lockets
951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Even in the urban wilds of Brooklyn, there may be no one else like Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia. Originally from Johannesberg, St. Lucia grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. When the choir wasn't traveling - they toured Japan, Australia, Europe and more - they stayed in an enclave tucked in the South African mountains, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera.
A young musician could hardly find better training. But musically, St Lucia's heart lay elsewhere, and South Africa was full of other rhythms. "My mom says I used to sing along to Michael Jackson," he says - an ordinary anecdote, until he adds, "when I was an infant." As a young teenager, he started to feel that he'd had his fill of classical, and it felt like an epiphany when he discovered the direct emotionality of pop. Eventually, he left the creative "small pond" of South Africa for England, where he spent three years studying music in Liverpool.
St. Lucia's journey ended - as so many journeys do - in New York City, where he started working on the tracks that would ultimately turn into his self titled debut release on Neon Gold. The atmospheric quality of St. Lucia's electronic pop is powerful, with the musician's global travels and history of secret hideaways effortlessly passed onto the audience through his dreamy, shimmering synths.
Neon Gold will release St Lucia's debut album later this year. Formerly a singles-only label that launched releases Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, The Naked & Famous and helped launch the careers of countless others.
Just over a year into their career, Gold Fields were already taking their recordings from their bedrooms to the world. It's a promising start for the Australian five-piece – which includes Mark Fuller (vocals), Vin Andanar (guitar/vocals), Rob Clifton (keys/percussion), Ryan D'Sylva (drums) and Luke Peldys (bass) – that had recently begun recording and rehearsing in Andanar's house in the northern Victorian town of Ballarat. Originally writing dark, country-tinged songs, the band changed direction and wrote Treehouse – a glossy slice of pop etched with tribal drums. Creating a hypnotic blend of enigmatic, brooding undercurrents borrowed from rock, the band's songs began to lean towards experimental, spooky and dramatic pop with ominous bass lines and punchy drums. In less than a year, the band was well on their way to fulfilling their dreams, including releasing their single Treehouse and touring in the UK and Australia with bands including The Naked and Famous, Crystal Castles and Pnau. Following the success of Treehouse reaching the top 10 of the triple J radio chart in Australia they were signed to Astralwerks/EMI in the U.S. The band is currently working on their debut album, to be released this January.
Lockets are a Philadelphia duo consisting of vocalist Dani Parker and multi-instrumentalist Todd Mendelsohn. With their recently released debut full length "Camera Shy", Lockets have been likened to contemporaries such as Beachhouse, the influential Cocteau Twins, and have been described as "an innocent, fledgling My Bloody Valentine jacked up on a whole Halloween's worth of candy". Lockets' synth-wrapped brand of dream-pop creates lush, cinematic landscapes punctuated by shimmering guitars and softly layered vocals. The live performance features a full band that help bring Parker and Mendelsohn's project to life.