I think we can all use some clean cut, kick ass rock and roll, and Badass Band 48 has got just that for you, along with some flair, energy and just the right amount of smart ass. Badass Band 48 is Saint Motel.
I heard about Saint Motel from various sources over and over for quite some time, and lagged on scoping them out until they played with a band I was familiar with last month, Chasing Kings. Often, if time permits, I look up the other bands on a bill if I am unfamiliar with them, this time I consciously chose not to. I had heard so many praises about Saint Motel that I wanted to experience going ‘virgin style’ to hear them in their live element for the first time. What I got blew me away. I had no idea what to expect when the curtains of the El Rey pushed back and I saw only a projector screen and instruments on stage. The guys came out, and got down to business. What I saw were interactive projections, a flurry of energy, and genuine enjoyment, which flowed out into the crowd and buried itself within the deepest recesses of the El Rey. I have seen few crowds in LA react to a band like I witnessed for SM, it seemed that every single person had a smile on their face, and was bouncing along to the music. They’re a band that knows how to keep a crowd entertained, both visually and musically.
What I heard that night was a multitude of catchy guitar riffs, pulsating rhythms, epic piano licks, entrancing vocals and smart lyrics. The songs all seem to tell a story of their own, building to an epic musical climax much like a great piece of literature. Each housing their own message about human nature and how sometimes the most simple things can be the toughest to deal with. This experience is conjured up by four talented guys- A/J Jackson (lead vocals/guitar), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Dak (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums). The force of creativity these gentlemen emit in all aspects of their stage show just keeps you thinking about the experience for weeks. It’s hard for me to pick some stand out song suggestions, but if I had to, I would say listen to ‘Benny Goodman’, ‘Stories’, ‘Honest Feedback’ and ‘You Do It Well’. These four will give you, as a first time listener, a good idea of the unique range of SM.
Below you will find that the guys of Saint Motel were kind enough to collectively answer some questions for BBB, and the interview gives some killer insight into the bands quirkiness. Read on to find out where the name came from, when they drink the blood of virgins, and why they want 15% off at all buffets nationwide.
When and why did you all start playing?
We thought it would be the safest way to make a decent living for our unborn children so we dropped out of Med School which was a gamble anyway. I mean who needs doctors?
Why the name Saint Motel?
We map’d the halfway point between the cities we all grew up in and we found this motel. It is in South Korea. We haven’t visited yet unfortunately.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ from what you listen to now?
Classic 50s pop, 80s punk and new wave, electronic music, classic rock, bossanova, etc. A lot of the same as now.
Do you get nervous before a show?
Not nervousness so much. Sometimes we have a lot going on at our shows so we might get stressed about the details. Like will the pyrotechnic guy remember to cue the explosion before that endangered Siberian Tiger plays his bass solo?
Any rituals before a show?
We like to stretch. We also like to drink the blood of a virgin. Some times at the same time.
Describe your show visually & musically for those who have never been.
We usually have to sign contracts in the regard of “what happens at a SAINT MOTEL show stays at a SAINT MOTEL show”. But if you want a preview see above…
How does your creative process typically work?
We start the morning with light hallucinogens try to go on a vision quest and just write what we see down.
What do you think you biggest break or greatest opportunity has been in your career so far?
To get Dak in our band. He slays.
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
Having Dak in the band has it’s challenges for sure…
You just released a new album and you are on the road, what are you looking forward to most the rest of 2012?
For the album to spread, new music, new tours, new videos…
Why should people listen to your music? What makes you unique? If your band had a slogan, what would it be?
“It’s like the movie Casablanca if the soundtrack was written by ELO”. A blogger wrote that. We like it. Let’s just go with that.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
All musicians get a 15% discount at buffets across the nation.
One song you never get tired of.
Beethoven’s 7th Symphony
What is the best live show you have ever gone to?
The rest of our tour.
Favorite things to do NOT musically related.
Repair old watches
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
What kind of jobs did you have before you were in the music industry?
Male prostitute, Day trader, Private Security.
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