Sarah Cracknell fronts Saint Etienne at Union Stage on Sept. 7, 2018.
Sarah Cracknell is a picture-perfect Gen X diva. Wrapped in a feather boa and armed with a sultry smile, the Englishwoman brings wit and warmth to fronting synthpop outfit Saint Etienne, which dropped by Union Stage on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of their fourth studio album, Good Humor.
Saint Etienne (Photo by Rob Baker Ashton)
In 1998, British synthpop trio Saint Etienne released Good Humor, their fourth album, to massive acclaim. Songs like “Sylvie” remain the most popular in the band’s catalog. And so to mark the 20th anniversary of the album, Saint Etienne will undertake a US tour in its honor, including a stop at Union Stage on Friday, Sept. 7.
Martin Gore performs with Depeche Mode at Capital One Arena on Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: ConspiracyCaptures/GrillworksBen)
The year 2017 was a good year for revisiting old friends as they returned to remind us that they truly still “got it.” In the past year, Parklife DC reviewed a great deal of musicians and bands, and the performances that really distinguished themselves often came as something of a pleasant surprise.
Saint Etienne perform at U Street Music Hall on Sept. 27, 2017.
The lovely Sarah Cracknell took to the very crowded stage at U Street Music Hall to coo gentle reproaches and remembrances to a respectfully full house last week, rekindling our romance with the sublime UK synthpop trio Saint Etienne.
Saint Etienne (Photo courtesy Heavenly Recordings)
Saint Etienne released their latest album Home Counties on June 2 via Heavenly Recordings, and the English synthpop trio will launch a US tour in Boston on Sept. 24, arriving in DC several days later to perform at U Street Music Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 27.