To see and hear Annie Clark’s gorgeous vocals and deliciously quirky guitar work in action,
check out the following clips on YouTube.com.
With her Harmony, Silvertone, Music Man
bass amp, and pedalboard in full view,
Clark straps on her Hagstrom Super Swede
and leads her band through the new tune
“Surgeon” at New York City’s Metropolitan
Museum of Art. BONUS: She replaces the
studio version’s closing synth solo with a
jazz-rock guitar freak-out.
You Tube search term: St. Vincent –
Surgeon (Live HQ)
At the 2005 All Points West festival in New
York, Clark begins by launching into a
Hendrix-inspired “Star-Spangled Banner,”
stops and says, “Just kidding,” and then
dives into an amazingly bluesy version of
the Beatles’ “Dig a Pony.”
You Tube search term: St Vincent - Dig
A Pony - Live All Points West Festival
8/1/09 in HD
In this 2009 studio performance for
Lake Fever Sessions, it’s just Clark, an
Epiphone Masterbilt slope-shouldered
dreadnought, and a couple of fantastic
mics capturing her lovely voice and deft
You Tube search term: St. Vincent - The
Strangers [live on Lake Fever Sessions]
So that’s pretty much your whole rig?
Live, I have this bonkers pedalboard that’s
MIDI controlled—because I was spending so much time not even performing,
just making sure I was hitting the right
pedals at the right time. So I went to
this guy named Mike Vegas, who has a
pedalboard company called Nice Rack
here in New York, and I had a pedalboard
custom built that syncs up MIDI with my
keyboard player—who’s running Ableton
Live. I have to program it, but it sends
MIDI commands to change my sonic
parameters on different cues. I don’t even
have to touch the pedalboard anymore—
What’s on that ’board?
I have an Eventide Space, an Eventide
PitchFactor, the Death by Audio
Interstellar Overdriver Deluxe, the Boss
Super Shifter, and a Z.Vex Mastotron fuzz.
Which MIDI interface are you using?
An RJM Mini Effect Gizmo and an RJM
What about other guitars and amps?
Right now I have two of the Harmony
Bobkats, and then I have a 1979