St. Lucia, the Brooklyn-based band behind shimmering synth-pop gems like “Elevate” and “All Eyes On You“, off their 2013 debut When The Night, returned at the end of last month with “Dancing On Glass,” the first tune off their anticipated follow-up. Now, EW is excited to debut the music video.
“I think the job of the first single is kind of like being a diplomat for a country,” frontman Jean-Philip Grobler says of choosing the tune. “[This] seems simple on the surface, but there is a lot bubbling underneath.”
What’s down there bubbling? An exploration of human desire — “that inherent pull towards things we shouldn’t want or that are ‘bad’ for us,” Grobler says of the blissed out track. “And it’s about celebrating that rather than chastising it. I guess you could say it’s one of the great equalizers, that it just feels good to be bad.”
When it came time to shoot a video, the band enlisted the help of a relative, keyboardist Nicky Paul’s brother, Noah Paul, to helm the camera. “I alluded to having something where people are indulging in their guilty pleasures, and he came up with the concept,” the frontman says of the sunny clip in which all the band members let loose on their desires. At first each member of the band appears a case study in a lab, with doctors tring to figure out why they like what they like, but it’s not long before they simply aren’t having it. They band together and bust out – and that’s when things really get fun.
Of the decision to cast themselves, Grobler jokes, “Instead of getting actors, we decided to play the parts ourselves and forego our chances of ever being taken seriously as a band.” Not a chance.
“Dancing On Glass” is streaming below. The band has not yet detailed when their sophomore collection will arrive.
St. Lucia will also tour in support of the album, and announced the full run Tuesday. See a full list of dates:
1/30 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
2/12 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar *
2/13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *
2/15 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre *
2/16 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *
2/17 – Boston, MA – Royale NightClub *
2/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts * br /> 2/20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
2/22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *
2/25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue ^
2/26 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre ^
2/27 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre ^
3/1 – Vancouver, BC – Venue ^
3/2 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox ^
3/4 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ^
3/5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ^
3/8 – San Diego, CA – North Park Observatory ^
3/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre ^
3/11 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
* w/ Tigertown
^ w/ Grace Mitchell