Music Hall of Williamsburg
St. Lucia

Neon Gold Presents

St. Lucia

Gold Fields, Ghost Beach

Sat, December 8, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$15 advance / $17 day of show

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This event is 18 and over

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and other songs from his youth.

When The Night, the synth-pop outfit’s full-length, expands upon St. Lucia’s unique brand of dreamy, nostalgic pop. The band recently embarked on a headline tour of the US, selling out all 23 shows (including 4 shows in New York City). And this spring, St. Lucia will serve as direct support on Foster The People’s April/May tour.

Grobler remains heavily involved in projects outside of St. Lucia, serving as producer for the debut album by Brooklyn-based labelmates HAERTS, remixing songs for bands including Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX, and collaborating with DJs ranging from The Knocks to RAC. St. Lucia has recently toured with Ellie Goulding and Charli XCX, performed at festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Firefly, not to mention shared stages with fun., Two Door Cinema Club, Young The Giant, The Shins and more.
Gold Fields
Gold Fields
Like the historical strike-it-rich locations that give them their name, so too have Australian outfit Gold Fields quickly proven themselves to be an exciting prospect of musical wealth. Their frantic dance-pop and anthemic jams have fast made their homeland sit up and take notice, and that "eureka moment" is beginning to reverberate around the rest of the world too.

It's been a hectic 12 months since the quintet burst out of their hometown of Ballarat (one of Australia's original gold-mining communities) at the tail-end of 2010. The band's first-ever demo's were instantly added to high rotation by national youth radio station triple j, when they were plucked off its new-bands initiative site Unearthed.

Gold Fields' accompanying live shows quickly gained them a word-of-mouth reputation for being a high-energy combo of pounding drums, rhythmic basslines and flailing dance moves. Crowds were left exhausted, and reviewers frothing words like "outstanding".

Within only a couple of months of forming the band raced off to the UK to do showcase gigs that included shows with The Naked & Famous and SBTRKT, and secured themselves a release on tastemaker London label Young & Lost Club.

Gold Fields arrived back home in Australia to be hand-picked by triple j to play the prestigious Falls Festival over New Years. Since then they've shared stages with international artists like Crystal Castles and Datarock, and embarked on extensive tours with home-grown heroes The Holidays, Miami Horror and Pnau.

In July 2011, Gold Fields signed an international deal with Astralwerks which places them squarely in the position of following the breakout success-story of the previous Australian band to do so, Empire Of The Sun. With contract freshly inked, Gold Fields de-camped to Los Angeles to begin work on their debut album with renowned producer Mickey Petralia (Ladytron, Beck) at the legendary Ocean Way Studios.

While the finishing touches are put to the record, Gold Fields are currently back home and sending Australian audiences into a dance frenzy during its summer festival season. As they gear up to release their album and take on the rest of the world in 2012, be assured of one thing - the future is gold.
Ghost Beach
Ghost Beach
Ghost Beach are the latest pop pioneers to set the internet ablaze with only a couple singles floating around and without any major label backing. The New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn take their '80s influences one step further with Ghost Beach. Only a few months old, they've already perfected a retro-future aesthetic that sounds like the holy trifecta of The Police, Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk, with a little Passion Pit sprinkled on top for good measure. Josh plays the jilted lover with vocal panache as Eric's soaring synths, guitars and forever young harmonies are plucked right out of Neverland. Ghost Beach is more about a time than a place, and that time is now.
- Andrew Hwang (Neon Gold)
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/