The A Team: Carrie Tolles, senior account executive, Shore Fire Media; Matt Hanks, VP, Shore Fire Media; David T. Viecelli, St. Vincent's manager, founder/president, Billions Corporation, co-founder Lever and Beam; Anthony D'Amato, junior account executive, Shore Fire Media. (Photo: Jillian Mapes)
Nearly two months after the release of her third album under the St. Vincent moniker, Annie Clark finally made her way to New York. By playing NYC late in Clark's fall North American tour, the idea was to build anticipation -- according to manager/booking agent Boche Billions (aka, David T. Viecelli, founder/president of Billions booking agency). And boy did it work. At Thursday's (Nov. 3) sold-out show at Webster Hall, fans were enthralled by Clark's spazzy solos and crowd-surfing, as she played through new album "Strange Mercy," and subsequently, older material.
For the tour, Clark assembled a completely new live band, replacing the woodwind players from her "Actor" tour with keyboardists. As Viecelli tells us, putting the band together involved, surprisingly, anonymous Craigslist ads -- and a whole mess of less-than-stellar applicants. But the band that backs Clark this time around are nothing short of tight and together, and they will join her as she tours Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, and eventually plays the U.S. festival circuit in 2012, says Viecelli.
Touring is the M.O. for Clark and co. right now, but a few other things are coming down the hatch in St. Vincent's world: she filmed a spot on IFC's "Portlandia" about six weeks ago (see her 2010 video for "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood" with Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein below), has a video treatment in the works for single No. 2, "Cheerleader," (which follows her "Cruel" video below), and is playing the Jimmy Fallon Show tonight (Monday, Nov. 7).
While Clark's sardonic rock has never seen much ad or TV/film synch love, her team says they're working on it -- just no feminine hygiene ads, Viecelli jokes. In other words, the team is firing on all cylinders. As Viecelli discusses the constant emergence of Pitchfork-approved buzz bands, he sums up the indie world, specifically St. Vincent's strong footing in it: "It's not about being remembered in six months... it's about being remembered in two years."
Also on hand up in VIP at the show: Annie's label team from 4AD, her publicity team at Shore Fire Media--Matt Hanks, Carrie Tolles, Anthony D'Amato--and her business manager at Prager and Fenton, Errol Wander. Wander, who also works with the likes of Regina Spektor, Dirty Projectors and Gavin DeGraw, was a-buzz with talk of his clients' upcoming projects -- specifically Spektor's completed (and unannounced) next record, on track for a 2012 release with tour plans to follow, and the follow-up to Dirty Projectors' breakthrough "Bitte Orca," expected this spring.
Mercy Me: St. Vincent goes crowd-surfing at her Webster Hall show in New York City, Nov. 3. (Photo: Jillian Mapes)