30 November, 2021Print
St. Paul & The Broken Bones Release “Love Letter From a Red Roof Inn”New Single From The Alien Coast (January 28 / ATO Records)
Adds Shows & New Years Eve Livestream From Nashville To 45+ Date Tour
November 30, 2021—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 January 28 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 released today—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.
Watch and listen to “Love Letter From A Red Roof Inn” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv7zM9_oeKw /
“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). The band is preparing for a 45-date international tour featuring some of their biggest headlining shows to date including The Beacon Theatre in New York City on March 11. Fans can celebrate New Years Eve with the band at their Brooklyn Bowl concert in Nashville, and the event will also be livestreamed. The band will also be performing at the Orion Amphitheater on May 14 in their home state of Alabama with Brittany Howard, Drive-By Truckers and Mavis Staples. One of the great live bands to emerge in the past few years, St. Paul & The Broken Bones have toured the globe many times over, delivering a “potent live show that knocks audiences on their ass” (Esquire).