By Matthew Mahoney
Brooklyn-based indie-pop foursome Haerts opened up St. Lucia’s first of two shows at Terminal 5 on Nov. 19. St. Lucia played the venue again to a sold out crowd on Saturday night. Haerts, who hail from Germany, England and the U.S. entertained the audience with tunes from their recently released debut album, much of which was produced by St. Lucia front man Jean-Philippe Grobler.
Both acts were picked up originally by New York indie-pop label Neon Gold, whose founders, Derek Davies and Lizzy Plapinger (of MS MR), could be seen bobbing their heads enthusiastically in the VIP balcony. Haerts played a forty-minute set, which included stand out tracks “Wings,” “All The Days,” “Giving Up,” and “Hope” which lead-singer Nini Fabi dedicated to Grobler.
St. Lucia is comprised of front man/guitarist/keyboardist Jean-Philippe Grobler, his wife Patti Beranek on keyboards, Ross Price on bass and guitar, Nicky Paul on synthesizers and Dustin Kaufman on drums. As the headliners, St. Lucia, arrived on stage, at around 10:20 and opened their set with “Cold Case,” which was released in June, when the band’s 2013 debut album “When The Night” was rereleased with three new tracks.
It was a homecoming show for the Brooklyn-natives, who have been on the road for most of this past year, and have not played New York since they sold out four nights at the Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in January. The band was grateful both to be able to play two nights at Terminal 5 and to be back among their friends and family. Patti, who is originally from Germany, had several members of her family, including her parents, in the audience.
The charming Grobler, originally from South Africa, entertained the audience throughout the night with an energetic stage presence. The band kept the high energy rolling with “Before The Dive” and “We Got It Wrong,” two songs from the band’s self-titled debut EP, which was released in 2012. This was followed by a new song entitled “Love Somebody,” which featured a delectable flute synthesizer motif, featured throughout the song, making it clear that the band’s forthcoming second album will be just as good as the first.
The band finished out their main set by playing almost the entirety of “When The Night,” and the audience seemed most excited by “The Night Comes Again,” “Too Close,” “Forgiveness,” and set closer, “September.”
The show had a very high energy level that was complemented by exceptional musicianship and an array of twinkling lights that pulsed from start to finish of the show. The band returned to the stage for a brief encore, which included a new song called “Stay” along with first single “Elevate” during which two confetti bombs exploded over the audience. The encore was concluded fittingly by album closer and title track “When The Night.”
Matthew Mahoney is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com