With sophisticated savvy and singularity, the Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel has built a formidable reputation on the back of inventive indie pop and wildly-fun live shows. Mixing raw energy and rousing rhythms, Saint Motel's aural catharsis is pure bliss with a twist of cynical humor. According to A/J Jackson, singer and creative force behind Saint Motel, the band recently has expanded its repertoire to include “new elements that I would describe as tropical, Latin, big band, retro, that I don't think would have applied to our earlier music.”
This is the way of Saint Motel, not to be held down by stagnancies, but to continue a natural progression. Once the listener is pulled in by the pulsating and joyous melodies, delight can be found in the surprisingly avant-garde lyrical subject matter. Voyeur is lush with stories that reveal themselves through thematic twists and turns with a narrative voice both subversive and sincere. With themes ranging from the lure of plastic surgery, to the dangers of honest feedback, to the taboo bonds of friendship within the Heavenʼs Gate cult, we end up with tongue-in-cheek notions strung together by honest motifs, delivered with charm, often leaving the songʼs meanings open to interpretation.
Jackson admits “while all the songs are based on what many would call ʻabsurdʼ subject matter, many of the songs have various levels of subtext that I hope the listener will decipher with repeated listens. “And so, what might be easily perceived as sexy with one listen, with another might seem mean-spirited or flatly perverse. That is the flair of Saint Motel's rapturous pop and the graceful dichotomy of its existence.
June :: Grouplove
July :: Awolnation
August :: Eastern Conference Champions
September :: Young The Giant
October :: Voxhaul Broadcast
November :: Jack's Mannequin
December :: Mariachi El Bronx
January :: Capital Cities
February :: Dead Sara
March :: Imagine Dragons
April :: LP
May :: Voxhaul Broadcast
June :: Electric Guest
"Last To Leave"
"SHARP GRAFFITI HEAD"
"SF CAPITOL AFTER SOUND CHECK"
"LOOKS MORE LIKE A TORTURE DEVICE THAN A PLEASURE DEVICE"
Ever wonder what the Saint Motel boys listen to on the road? Well, so do we. The guys were nice enough to send over a recent playlist from their van!
987 is proud to announce another addition to the 2012 Artist in Residence Program. We're spoiled living in LA these days. The scene is really thriving... Even better is the community that is built around it. Great tastemakers at local venues have been supporting the scene with free shows, repetition, and really putting their name behind a band to support a month long residency.
At 987, we wanted to build on the residency concept and support a new band each month. However, instead of playing a show every week, we're going to give you the opportunity to hear songs and interviews and watch exclusive videos. We're also going to tie the band into all of the music features on 987FM, whether it be co-hosting our New Music Show, guest DJing our commercial free stream, online chats, or exposing them to other Rockaholics via social media.
Our 7th 2012 resident artist is Saint Motel! Check in here throughout the month for exclusive content with the band and don't forget to buy tickets to their El Rey show! Check out the video for "Honest Feedback."