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Saint Etienne Play Webster Hall Tomorrow Night

October 25th, 2012

Childhood friends (and former music journalists) Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs had an idea: They wanted to start a band that would mash together ’60s Britpop with the sounds of London’s late-’80s/early-’90s club scene. And they intended to do it with a variety of singers, but that changed upon encountering Sarah Cracknell’s breathy voice. Saint Etienne then burst onto the scene with Foxbase Alpha, which came out in 1991, and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” swiftly became an underground hit. Over the ensuing years the English trio continued making tightly produced, melodic ear candy with catchy lyrics. And earlier this year, Saint Etienne (above, playing “Sylvie” for Top of the Pops) released their eighth studio album, Words and Music by Saint Etienne, about which The Guardian says: “Is pop music something you grow up and grow out of? No way, say Saint Etienne—time just adds to its power.” See them tomorrow night at Webster Hall.