It’s the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, yet the world feels particularly unloving these days. To help fix this situation, CONVICTS is finding the artists who make the tracks we make love to, and asking them about love.
Who better to ask than the husband and wife based band St. Lucia? We spoke up with Jean Philip-Grobler and Patti Beranek after their recent show at Surf Lodge to get their word on toeing the line between cheesiness and sincerity, the dance moves they observe at their shows, and the unifying power of music.
Hey, hey guys. Could you start by telling us who you are and where we’re at right now?
What’s up guys? We are Jean and Patti from St Lucia and we are here at the wonderful and very sunny Surf Lodge in Montauk.
So as we mentioned, our summer theme is ‘love.’ Can you talk a bit about love songs?
Well, you can’t help but write about love on some level. Even though it’s sometimes seen as corny, it’s the most universal idea or thing. It’s definitely difficult to find a different angle to write about but yeah, love is very important.
How do you toe that line in your lyrics? Between being cheesy and being original, or however you want to phrase it?
It’s annoying if there’s no poetry to the lyrics or if they’re just like a plainly spoken. Within a piece of music there’s such a depth of implied feeling that you don’t want to tell people what to feel by having lyrics that are very, very specific.
How do you go about writing the lyrics?
There’s no specific time. When it feels right. I’ll write a set of lyrics and sing them and then I’ll initially think this they’re terrible and hate them. After living with them for a while they, I’ll be like ‘Oh actually, this lines good’ or ‘this one needs work,’ and over time it becomes clearer.
How powerful is music at a moment like this?
It’s so important. It’s incredibly important. There’s a huge, polarizing thing happening now and it’s so bad. It’s so unhealthy, but the good thing about music is that can have two people with completely different ideologies loving the same song and they can connect through that.
Can you tell us what St. Lucia’s ultimate love song is?
That exists? ‘Love Somebody’ is probably the most straightforward. It’s just about wanting to love somebody.
Lastly, one important question: could you describe the various dance moves you see during the show at Surf Lodge?
Girls are wasted like ‘Oh my god!’ and guys are like ‘Yeah…cool.’
Fair call. Thanks for the chat guys. Keep up the love.