The UK’s had its fair share of brilliant pop bands. But Saint Etienne are one of the most special. They’re even more special because they’ve never really had a huge hit, and over the years have amassed somewhat of a rabid, cult fanbase you seriously don’t want to mess with. There’s something incredibly endearing about a band doing pop music, continually on the fringes of the mainstream, who do it just because they love it. The nearest they’ve had to success is their wonderful, dubby cover of ‘Only Love Will Break Your Heart’, which soundtracked many a 90s morning-after-the-night-before, the catchy-as-nits ‘He’s On The Phone’, and a collaboration with trance DJ Paul Van Dyk that hit number seven in the charts. What makes St Etienne so unutterably brilliant is they’re just so very, acutely British. Frontwoman Sarah Cracknell’s a sort of begrudging Croydon sex kitten – an indie-pop pin-up girl who looks like she’d much rather be supping a pint down her local pub than adding swooning vocals over dreamy dance beats. Over their twentysomething years in existence they’ve produced a slew of witty, grown-up, woozy pop and it’s why we’re so bloody excited that they’re visiting the Kazimier this spring. They rarely tour, but they’re off across the world this year and including a stop in Liverpool courtesy of local promoters Evol. Do not miss. Saint Etienne The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Square 24th May Posted February 16, 2012 – 6 comments 6 Responses to “Only Liv can break your heart: Saint Etienne at the Kazimier” Christopher Thomas Norman February 16, 2012 Saint Etienne are good an’ that, but the ‘like’ is mainly for the pun. February 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm Robert Larkin February 16, 2012 would also have accepted tales from turnpike scouse. February 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm Paul Hutchinson February 16, 2012 Hail Revo February 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm Darren James McDonald February 16, 2012 can’t wait February 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm oneandonlynoah February 18, 2012 @Helen_ECW That’s brilliant! Love Saint Etienne! February 18, 2012 at 7:43 am Garry Gazzoir Knight March 2, 2012 Oh shush don’t tell everyone! March 2, 2012 at 5:33 am Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.