Anyone who has seen St. Vincent in concert can tell you, Annie Clark fucking shreds. Her frenetic, sometimes explosive playing style demands the audience’s attention and rewards it generously. But, despite the plethora of quality guitar work on every St. Vincent record, there are still a few riffs out there that she wishes she’d written. Recently, Clark stopped by BBC Radio 6 for an interview and shared said riffs, which are a bit harder-edged than some might expect.
First up is “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera, which St. Vincent strums out on her acoustic guitar, conjuring up images of long-haired teens in Guitar Centers across the nation. She then launches right into “Forty Six & 2” off of Tool’s 1996 album Ænima, though she inaccurately (but understandably) refers to the song as “My Shadow.” Seemingly inspired by her own droning, minor chord fingerpicking, St. Vincent treats viewers to a brief rendition of the song’s opening verse and chorus before admitting, “It’s hard to sing and play at the same time.”
As part of Radio 6’s Hear Her series, St. Vincent shared a number of other insights into her relationship with the guitar. Including what riff she first learned, which should come as a surprise to no one.
And what riff made her want to pick up a guitar in the first place.
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