Though they hail from separate coasts, RAC and St. Lucia have plenty in common: Both were initially one-man projects, both feature female keyboard players and both create catchy, feel-good indie rock with a heavy dance influence. So it’s only natural that the pair would come together on a Coachella off-day to bring the dance party to Vegas. Both performances seemed like different versions of the gang from The Breakfast Club dancing front-and-center to their own music on an episode of Soul Train.
St. Lucia delivered a mellifluous performance that kept both the audience and band dancing. The winner of the night was Jean-Philip Grobler’s falsetto on “Wait For Love” and “We Got It Wrong,” which were effortlessly harmonized by keyboard player Patricia Beranek. “Damn, Vegas! You lived up to your reputation!” Grobler said, picking himself up from the floor after jumping to the syncopated rhythms of “All Eyes on You.” He would do it two more times, and his bandmates encouraged his recklessness by dancing even harder as they bulldozed through the 12-song set.
RAC (a.k.a. Remix Artist Collective) began as a project that reinterpreted the musical ideas of indie-pop. While the band paid homage to the project’s foundations (it performed its electro-pop rendition of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’
“Zero” and an indie-rock version of Odesza’s “Say My Name”), the bulk of its set highlighted new material, and the dance party continued. André Allen Anjos, who played guitar for the majority of the set, stepped back and allowed his bandmates to take the reigns. Singer and bassist Karl Kling danced from one side of the stage to the other during the pounding bass of “All I Got,” and the entire band hopped along to the guitar upstrokes of “Hollywood.” The sextet ended its set with a sing-along version of “Cheap Sunglasses” which, thankfully, wasn’t a re-imagining of ZZ Top’s 1979 hit.
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