New Sounds: On ‘Dive’, Saint Etienne carry summer’s disco vibes all the way to Somerville

Photo Credit: Rob Baker Ashton

We’re now less than three weeks away from Saint Etienne embarking on a North American tour, and it all gets started at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville on September 24. To get us in a proper mood, the celebrated British dance-pop trio has issued a new video for “Dive,” the latest track off June’s Home Counties record.

We’ve detailed bits of Home Counties, their tour, and the record’s summer single “Magpie Eyes” here, here, and here, so we’ll let “Dive” video director Esther Johnson detail the visuals that accompany the bouncy disco track:

“‘Dive’ is such a summery song, and when I first heard it I was reminded of days at the seaside, with fish & chips and milkshakes. I chose to shoot the video in Scarborough, because many of the locations and features I loved there as a child are still intact: the ice-cream parlours, the funicular railway, the (now derelict) Futurist theatre, the signs. These features also link with another of my loves as a filmmaker: French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. The song’s immediacy and in-the-moment-ness suggested that the video’s story should take place in a single day. The boy visits the girl from across the sea; they spend the day together; they part. The various recurring motifs were inspired partly by my own memories, partly by the New Wave, and partly by the history and iconography of Saint Etienne.”

Watch it below, and feast your eyes on all nine stateside Saint Etienne dates before the jump.

Featured Saint Etienne photo by Rob Baker Ashton.

Saint Etienne 2017 North American Dates
September 24: Boston, MA – Somerville Once Ballroom
September 25: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Sold Out)
September 26: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 27: Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
September 29: Chicago, IL – Park West
October 2: Seattle, WA – Neptune
October 4: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
October 5: Pomona, CA – Glass House
October 6: Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre