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Ian St. Pé’s always been a frontman at heart, and in the former Black Lips guitarist’s new band (aptly named Saint Pé), he doesn’t need to share the spotlight with anyone. That’s not to say his bandmates are inconsequential; on the contrary, Saint Pé features an impressive collection of members of Turf War, Concord America and Zoners. But Saint is called Saint Pé for a reason, and it’s very much his project.

It’s got that dirty south garage flavor, those whoop / yelling / singing vocals that remind you of Warren Zevon. But instead of the Black Lips’s jangly garage-attack, Saint Pè is a little bit poppier… maybe even a little bit sunny? And gone are the Atlanta vibes, coming out the EP Secular Music on Ian’s own record label theFixedFocus.

On Saturday at Side Bar, Saint Pé kept it loose, cracking jokes and playing songs from the band’s recently released EP, Secular Music, as well as some of his work from the Black Lips (“Time”) and Diamond Rugs (featuring a special appearance by his D-Rugs cohort T. Hardy Morris).

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Fixed Focus is the debut album from Saint Pé (Ian Saint Pé, longtime Black Lips and Diamond Rugs guitarist).

After moving to Nashville, he settled down in a log cabin formerly owned by country legend Roy Acuff, which is where the record was born. it maintains all the hooks and pop sensibilities of his previous acts, while refining them with a bit of Nashville class and a hint of the darkness that ten long years on the road imbues upon the soul.

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The first track is singalong stomper Kiss It Goodbye.