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St. Paul & The Broken Bones have released ‘Love Letter From a Red Roof Inn’, the newest single from their ambitious forthcoming album ‘The Alien Coast’, out on 28 January on ATO Records.
‘Love Letter From a Red Roof Inn’ showcases lead singer/lyricist Paul Janeway’s falsetto as he soars over a slow-burning sweet soul groove. Janeway says, “I remember writing sketches for this song on some hotel notepad. I was lost in thought while looking at the ceiling and just missing home. I was trying not to write in cliches but ended up doing it anyway. The song is meant to sound like someone talking softly over a telephone call. A very hard song to sing because it has to be so delicately done.”
The track’s accompanying live video —filmed in a single take—features the band performing at Ol Elegante studios in their hometown of Birmingham, AL in the studio where they made some of their earliest recordings.
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‘Love Letter’, the final song on the 11-track ‘The Alien Coast ‘(the band’s first for ATO Records), provides the perfect closure to the album’s vivid dreamscape, with its musical convergence of soul and psychedelia, stoner metal and funk. “The album was birthed through the idea of falling asleep in a hotel and having a sequence of nightmares”, says Janeway, “then waking up and missing home so badly”. Among the album’s surprising range of inspirations: Greek mythology, dystopian sci-fi, 17th-century Italian sculpture, and colonial-period history books.
‘The Alien Coast’ defies expectations yet reflects the galvanizing musicianship that has earned the band massive acclaim, three Billboard 200 debuts, an opening slot with the Rolling Stones, a legendary NPR Tiny Desk performance with over seven million views, and multiple national tv bookings including the first-ever musical performance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show and a Daytime EMMY nomination for one of their CBS Saturday Morning appearances.
The album’s recently released “The Last Dance” considers “the juxtaposition of dancing while facing certain doom,” says Janeway. Its video was directed by Machete Bang Bang (Coldplay, Jeff Goldblum, Evan Rachel Wood) and features dancer Liv Mai. The band also recently shared a one-take live version of “The Last Dance.”
St. Paul & The Broken Bones is Paul Janeway, Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone).