— It’s me Marty Lennartz and once again
we have another guest live in the studio and it’s Annie Clark aka St. Vincent. Annie,
— So nice to see you! We have to stop meeting like this. We did
the same thing last year.
— I know. It’s always just in and out!
— [laughs] Well, welcome back to Bonnaroo! Last time when you were here, it was with your
own band. This time you’re here with David Byrne.
— Yeah, that’s right. David and I put out a record last year called Love This Giant,
which is us and a giant brass band, so we’re performing
songs from that and then songs uh… classic David Byrne songs and
then St. Vincent songs as well.
— I was messing around with some of the interviews that we have in the archives at XRT, and I found
one that you and I did at Pitchfork, which was probably like
three or four years ago. And, in that interview we talked a great length
the David Byrne project. You must’ve just started doing that. Maybe we can
go back there for a second. Tell us how that all came about.
— Sure, David and I met at a charity event in 2009, Housing Works, which is an AIDS charity in New York City,
was hosting a night where Björk and the Dirty Projectors
did at night of original music, and then they sold tickets and the tickets
went to charity and Housing Works approached David and I at
the end of the event, and asked us if we would want to do a similar night
music, so we said, “Sure, that sounds amazing,”
and we started writing. And, it just grew and grew and grew and grew.
— Wow. And what’s interesting about the project is,
well, you working with David Byrne and writing songs together. You wrote the
song together, correct? — We did, yeah.
— Yeah, and in the performance it’s visually pretty amazing. Maybe we can talk about that
a little bit? — Yeah! We got Annie B. Parsons—who’s this
is amazing choreographer, whose last gig was Baryshnikov—
to come in and choreograph the show.
So we’ve got eight horn players on stage, all moving, David and I are moving, a
drummer and a keyboard player, and the show really has a dramatic
arc as a result of this intentional movement. — Yeah, it’s all the horn players, and David
and Annie all pretty much choreographed together, and it
works like a dance piece, it works like a music piece
and it’s so much fun to watch. — It’s so much fun to do, honestly.
— Do you find yourself getting lost in the dance sometimes? Or at least at the
beginning of it? Like oh my gosh, what do we have to do? I’ve never done this before!
— There is a song where I’m making boxes with my hands the whole show,
and actually I find it’s a great little salve for nervousness, because I
just think, “Oh, well my job here is to make boxes.”
— We’re talking with Annie Clark backstage at Bonnaroo who’s appearing here today
with David Byrne. And, did you think it was going
to be this long? I mean, did you think the touring schedule was going to take you into
the next year and up at festivals like this? — Well, I think we hoped it would. We toured the States in October [and] September
and then we went to Australia with it in January. And now we’re doing another lap of the
States, because it went so well the first time, and then
we’re off to Europe in August, so I feel like we will have
touched a lot of the big markets and the big areas.
— Yeah. Do you think this is it? In other words, do you think you guys will
be working together again? You know, honestly, I have to say we worked
really well together. And,
it’s kind of funny, you know, you figure out how really to work
with someone when you’ve been doing it, for now, for four
years, as David and I have been together.
And, I feel like, oh we just now have it figured
out, why stop now? — Well, you’ve been performing songs from the
record and also some Talking Heads’ songs, and I see
where you’ve added another Talking Heads song into the set.
— That’s right. I guess I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but
we are performing a song that the Talking Heads never even performed.
That David has never ever performed in his life. So it’s really fun.
People will have to search for that on their own.
Take that as a hint, but I think it’s gonna be pretty great when it happens.
How about you? Are you thinking about doing anything with
St. Vincent in the near future? Yeah, I’ve been on a pretty productive streak
and I’ve been working on another record, so probably
in 2014, I’ll be right back out. Wow, we have something to look
forward to in 2014. Which just sounds weird, but, anyway,
so nice of you to stop by, and have a great show tonight. I think people will be blown away, because
— Thank you so much. — I’m sure many haven’t seen you
perform yet, and just to the individual aspect of the show should be something. — Thank you. It’s always a pleasure to see you
guys. — Well thanks a lot, it’s nice to see you too.