Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Writing Music: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Los Angeles, CA

Love the name of the band. Of course, we share the same name. But I ain't no saint. But sometimes my body is so beat up, it feels like I'm lugging around broken bones.

Close your eyes and you'd think this tune below (Call Me) was recorded in the early 70s. But it's a post-modern, all-white soul band with church origins. The lead singer doesn't look anything like your typical front man. He looks more like the guy sitting in the cubicle next to you. That's why this band fucking rocks. So unassuming.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones is a throwback to 70s soul. They hail from Alabama but they're one of the hottest bands, considering it's neither country nor electronica. They've impressed critics especially prickly unimpressed music bloggers, but you just have to listen to 30 seconds of a live show to realize that you're hooked. It's call soul music for a reason and these guys deliver in an age of watered-down, auto-tuned derivatives of music that used to be cutting edge. Yeah, these guys are the real deal. They cut through all those poppy bullshit and crafted a magnificent album... Half the City.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones unleashed their gritty, southern-fried soul in February. In a short time, they've already made an impressive impression. Grab St. Paul's new album. Only cost $9. Support this band because I want to keep hear them making music over the next decade.

FYI... check out this good interview with St. Paul's frontman Paul Janeway.

Here's a catchy tune Call Me...

And here's a live performance of I'm All Torn Up from last April...

And here's a classic cover...

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