“Behold and Love This Giant” ~ David Byrne and St. Vincent

Last night I saw David Byrne and St. Vincent perform in Oakland. They were spectacular. It was nice to see musicians who wanted to perform instead of looking embarrassed to be onstage. I didn’t take any photos bc I really hate it when you’re trying to watch a show and people are flashing their phones. It’s very distracting. 


All photos and videos are from the official Love This Giant website. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) has bleached her hair and wore a different outfit, Bryne was wearing the same outfit. I loved the brass band. The tuba sousaphone was incredibly popular.

Bryne and Clark performed synchronized movements. The lights were fun and my friend remarked that they looked like Daleks. They did. Could. Not. Be. Unseen!
Clark esp utilized the shadows thrown on the curtain behind them. Near the end they performed a duel over a theremin- (last night Bryne wore a Lucha Libre mask.)


I was pleasantly surprised that the live show had them on equal footing. Clark shreds on her guitar. Byrne’s voice is even better live than on records- it’s really, really beautiful. He can take a note and make it soar. It was even more impressive since it was the last night of the tour.
They have considerable chemistry and I’m not going to lie, if they want to take a break from making art babies, it would be awesome if they made a human baby. I think it’s bc I’ve read Dune too many times and keep hoping for the Kwisatz Haderach so I’m kind of gross about wanting brilliant people to have children and make the world more amazing. (I’m mostly joking. He’s 30 years older than her and the rumor is she’s gay.) But they are beyond adorable on stage together. You can tell they have a lot of respect for each other and really enjoy their collaboration.

The album is on Spotify and a documentary of his solo 2010 solo tour, Ride, Rise, Roar (which shares some of the same aesthetic) is on Netflix.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I LOVE David Byrne, and I LOVE that you saw this show! I immediately bought Love This Giant when it was released online but didn’t fall in love and haven’t listened to it since. But after reading your lovely review of the evening, and about their playful antics and amazing chemistry, I’m definitely going to give it another listen. 🙂 Thank you kindly.

    1. As cliche as it is to say this, I feel they got a lot out of their collaboration. He seems more like a romantic robot than ever (a huge part of his appeal to me) and she seems far more playful than on her solo records. I’ve been going through a pretty big early 80s new wave-ish revival right now and when I heard the horns on the record I was hooked. From “the forest awakes,” “I should watch tv,” “I am an ape,” to the sweet melancholy end to the record, “outside of space and time (which Byrne said was inspired by the Higgs boson particle)” I really love it. It definitely grew on me.
      I’m glad you liked my review 😀

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