Quality pop act in town

Like most groups whose lineups include former music journalists, the quality pop band Saint Etienne, in Athens for a show at the Gagarin Club this Saturday, was formed with a specific concept in mind: to fuse the sound of pop music in London back in the 60s with the club-circuit dance styles that characterized the UK in the early 90s. Led by the group’s key songwriters Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs with Sarah Cracknell on sensual vocals, the British pop band from Surrey, England managed to achieve their artistic objective. The group’s work also helped add substance to the alternative dance-music scene and contributed a distinctive quality to the domain. Since their 1992 debut album «Foxbase Alpha,» Saint Etienne have experimented with various aspects of contemporary music. The band’s infectious melodies, their impeccably produced material, intelligent lyrics and Cracknell’s delightful vocals combine to create a highly distinctive style. Saint Etienne’s upcoming show in Athens this weekend will include material from various phases of the trio’s eight-album career.