For diehard fans of art-rock, progressive rock or whatever you want to call it, Saturday's tour kickoff at the State Theatre by the highly unexpected multigenerational pairing of David Byrne, 60, and St. Vincent (Annie Clark, 29) was a match made in heaven. But surely before the house lights went down, we could tell that the audience was largely split between a "Why did Annie bring her grandpa?" set and a "Who's this St. Vincent guy?" contingent.
But then, as Byrne and Clark cavorted around the stage for two blissed-out hours with a brilliantly arranged, choreographed eight-piece brass band and a journey through their new duo album "Love This Giant" with each other's own career highlights sprinkled in (full review forthcoming), the generation gap seemed to dissolve, and it truly felt at times like the father of cerebral rock passing the torch to the daughter.
That's why we were inspired by the pair in front of us at the show: Sarah McEachern, 17, wearing a chic asymmetrical cutout dress worthy of Clark, and her mustachioed dad Doug, 48. (A 31-year age interval, just like Byrne and Clark.) As you can guess, Sarah was the St. Vincent fan, who raved about seeing her at the Walker last year, while Doug bragged about seeing Talking Heads in the '80s. Said Sarah, "I was thinking about going to this show, and he said, 'David Byrne's on this?' We're going!" Added Doug proudly, "We're passing along the great music to her."
Awww. See, there's hope for the American family, and concert audiences, after all. Maybe if David Byrne and St. Vincent do another album and tour, they should plan a Father' Day release.