For whatever reason I have found myself listening to a lot of bands with “saint” in the title. Seeing as Saint Motel just played at Delmar Hall a month or so ago, and St. Vincent will be playing at the Pageant in November, I thought this would be a good time to explore some of these canonized bands.
St. Vincent - This is the stage name of Annie Clark, a prolific musician who began her musical career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. St. Vincent’s combination of poppy melodies, guttural guitar riffs, and smart, witty lyrics have made her an alt-pop staple over the last 10 years. Her new album is this month but if you’re looking for a great introduction try her self-titled album from 2014
Saint Motel - I dare you to listen to the 2014 EP My Type, or the 2016 full length Saint Motelevision and not dance. You can’t do it. The combination of horns, keyboard and high-energy up-tempo beats makes this one of the best dance pop bands I’ve listened to in ages. Add in A.J. Jackson’s tongue in cheek lyrics (“You’re just my type….you have a pulse and you are breathing”) and you’ve got the recipe for a good time
St. Paul and the Broken Bones - This band out of Birmingham, Alabama is a throwback to the big band soul sound. If you’re a fan of James Brown, Ray Charles or Sly and the Family Stone, I highly recommend checking these guys out. Front man Paul Janeway brings an energy and exasperation to the lyrics that will have you cursing your ex or crying into your whiskey. In a good way. Like Saint Motel the horns really drive the message home for St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Saint Etienne - This Brit-Pop dance group formed in the early 90s and has been a bridge between club pop and dance genres ever since. A combination of simple, straightforward dance rhythms and breathy, ethereal lyrics from lead singer Sarah Cracknell make for a warm and inviting experience. Check out their most recent album Home Counties, released earlier this year.
Come find your patron saint of music at SLPL’s central library, or your local neighborhood branch today!