SXSW Boston & Beyond Artist Spotlight: St. Nothing and the feelings of emotive pop

Welcome to the latest in a week-long series of spotlights profiling the bands and artists performing at the Boston & Beyond party at SXSW, a collaborative effort between Berklee College of Music and Vanyaland. Our second-annual event — and Berklee’s 10th SXSW party overall — goes down Thursday, March 19 at Austin’s Brush Square Park, 409 East 5th St., next to the Convention Center. The party is co-presented by Berklee Alumni, The Red Room @ Cafe 939, and Heavy Rotation Records, and is all ages and open to SXSW badge holders. The public can email sxswrsvp@berklee.edu to attend free of charge. An oyster bar will be provided by Island Creek Oysters, and VanyaRadio will be streaming all the performances. More info and music links can be found here.

St. Nothing, 7 p.m. set time

St. Nothing is a feeling.

The blossoming electronic pop project crashed our city’s music scene in a big way in 2014, wooing and wowing audiences from the nightclub and dance party circuit to that big-ass bi-annual outdoor music festival we call Boston Calling. A run of brilliant black-lit live shows and fawning local press (consider Vanyaland very guilty) culminated with earning “Electronic Artist of the Year” in the 2014 Boston Music Awards, as well as a nomination in the “New Artist of the Year” category.

But the songs that put St. Nothing on the map originally weren’t even St. Nothing songs. In February 2013 under the moniker Hall Of Mirrors, chief songwriter and composer Marco Lawrence unveiled the Begin EP, a collection of chilled out, post-romantic synth-pop singles that started to get properly noticed about a year after its release, right around the time Hall Of Mirrors was abandoned and St. Nothing was born.

Lawrence carried over his songs into the project’s new identity, and this year’s Cherry Tree EP, further solidified not only the songwriter as a powerful creative force, but St. Nothing as a band. Now more than just a bedroom-pop project from Lawrence, St. Nothing is a well-rounded and solidified collaboration with contributors Sophia Carreras (guitar), Jenna Calabro (cello), and Meredith Nero (viola).

Their contributions culminate in a personal sound that embodies the conversations we have in our heads, the soundtrack to the choices we make, and the melodies that haunt or celebrate their repercussions and successes. St. Nothing is a feeling, a confident step ahead or a doubting pace behind, and it’s also your feeling.

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SXSW 2015