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St Paul Broken Bones 2016

While “Sea Of Noise”—the follow-up to their widely hailed debut, 2014 ‘s Half The City—doesn’t shirk from offering commentary on society’s failings, it doesn’t revel in them either. To the contrary, it attempts to rally its listeners to a higher calling where intelligence and inspiration take precedence over name-calling and accusations. Singer and frontman Paul Janeway exhorts his listeners to find that higher purpose that great music strives to attain. Like another of soul music’s revered roots, the rousing gospel sounds that gave congregations reason to look heavenward, St. Paul & The Broken Bones use their effusive, ecstatic revelry to rouse their audiences and encourage them to get caught up in a kind of aural delirium.

There’s a real soul music is named as such. It comes from the soul. It soothes the soul. And Birmingham, Ala.’s best octet St. Paul & The Broken Bones has soul for sure. Frontman Paul Janeway shimmies and prances in the most impressively flamboyant suits and shoes and climbs on drum kits and speakers too tall to crawl down from without assistance, all while delivering lines in a tenor/falsetto with religious-like fervor. But, as this is a band affair, The Broken Bones never fracture or falter. The horn section rings in all the right places. Bassist and co-founder Jesse Phillips stays right in step with drummer Andrew Lee. And lead guitarist Browan Lollar adds a rock ‘n’ roll touch in his solos that’s exclusive to the band’s live sets. When all forces combine, whether Janeway wails about broken hearts or civil rights, St. Paul & The Broken Bones reach a place in their audiences that can’t come from any place other than the soul.

This Birmingham, Alabama, soul act toggle the traits typically associated with men or women, with St. Paul Janeway (not actually canonized, but give it time) lending gospel testimony to the different ways we can rescue and support and, sadly, leave each other. When he declares, “I’ll be your woman,” it sounds like a monumental act of empathy and compassion, proving that soul music doesn’t need a revival with bands like the Broken Bones around.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones roared onto the soul-revival scene in 2014 on the strength of frontman Paul Janeway, whose earth-shaking vocals are matched only by his irrepressible energy as a performer. After a whirlwind couple years since the band’s debut, “Half The City” a time that included a few dates as The Rolling Stones’ opening act — the Birmingham, Alabama., outfit has shored up its sound and turned to weighty lyrical themes for its second full-length record, “Sea Of Noise”.

“Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like)” is the second single from “Sea Of Noise”, and it’s a fine example of the band’s maturation. Having grown to an eight-piece, the group fuels its fire with an expanded horn section and percussion that evokes the Motown sound. (Elsewhere on Sea Of Noise, its members call on the string charts of veteran Memphis arranger Lester Snell — not to mention the skyscraping voices of the Tennessee Mass Choir, recorded in Studio A at what was once Stax Records.)

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sea Of Noise
More elaborate orchestration aside, the gritty burr of the Southern soul that informs St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ music is undeniable. In “Flow With It,” that’s most evident in the heavily grooving breakdown after the second chorus. Janeway lets the band bubble up and simmer over as he riffs on the curiously ambiguous line, “I wanna feel.” It’s hard not to feel something — release, maybe, or a cleansing of sorts — when everything comes to a heart-stopping pause, then whooshes back in at a rapid boil a beat later.

On one level, “Flow With It” seems to deal with a bedroom argument and the strain felt within an intimate relationship that’s fraying at the seams. But considered in light of contentious times, politically and socially, the song takes on another layer of meaning. “We ain’t gotta fight,” Janeway pleads, sounding like he could be addressing a partner or a society in need of the salve that soul music offers. “Let’s just flow with it.”

St. Paul & The Broken Bones nearly blew the roof off Boston’s legendary Paradise Rock Club — and on a Tuesday night, no less. The soulful Birmingham Alabama rock band left the sold-out crowd in a state of delirium that lasted long after the unforgettable 90 min set. This is the full set from Boston (minus covers) — see link below to watch their cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream”.

Set list:
Don’t’ Mean a Thing
3:33 Paul Janeway talks about his journey from accounting school to professional musician
4:42 Sugar Dyed
7:37 Paul talks about how he got into soul music
8:45 Dixie Rothko
13:53 I’m Torn Up
19:01 Half the City
23:08 Broken Bones & Pocket Change
29:23 Paul talks about applying what he learned from the Church to his music
30:19 It’s Midnight
34:44 Like a Mighty River
39:34 Paul talks about his Mom throwing away his Nirvana CD
39:58 Grass is Greener
46:00 Paul talks about the origin of the band name
46:56 That Glow
Moonage Daydream:
51:15 Call Me
Try A Little Tenderness:

Lead Vocalist, Paul Janeway, sat down with Front Row Boston before the show to talk about everything from almost becoming an accounting to his Mom throwing away his Nirvana CD.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones debut album, Half The City, was released in 2014.

Here Paul Janeway getting on his knees to sing an Otis Redding song to me was emotionally packed. Paul Janeway isn’t just a guy anyway. He is proper kindness, power, groove and a voice that you rarely get to hear.
It was a jaw dropping performance that amazing vocal. Peoples’ eyes were wide open. My only answer to Paul’s voice: with a moment of utter abandonment, he can bring tears without sadness and incredible feeling.

I saw this band first maybe on the Letterman Show or even maybe a SXSW showcase two years ago what an amazing band, Paul & The Broken Bones are played Rock en Seine festival near Paris and last years End Of the Road Festival,

Do I really need to explain again why you must listen to St Paul & The Broken Bones and why you must go see them live as soon as possible Anywhere? La Blogotheque who published two videos of their Take Away Show, “Half The City”, played in the middle of the famous le Louvre’s Cour Carrée, and their crazy cover of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You” that made people stop in their tracks.
at the time, we kept a third video secret so here now finally another track from their first album, “It’s Midnight”, shot in the street near Le Louvre Museum.The band is about to start another huge European tour, so we thought here is this little gift and maybe the last undecided minds will be convinced that the only place they have to go in the days to come is a St Paul & The Broken Bones show. with a host of European dates and only one show in London. Check out the lady in the street and that this video ends with “I’m going to the dentist, you are saving my life. For six years, La Blogotheque has changed the way people experience music. filming beautiful, rare and intimate sessions with many favorite artists, and the ones you are soon to fall in love with. Come, stay a while, and be taken away.

Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you’re likely to see someone who looks more like your neighbourhood bank teller. That man standing on my desk in the golden shoes is Paul Janeway. He was, in fact, a bank teller in Alabama not long ago — and this stupendous seven-piece band from Birmingham has only been doing this since 2012. But take a look at this Tiny Desk Concert and you’ll see why St. Paul And The Broken Bones‘ music is so winning. It’s got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong,
Set List:
“Half The City”, “Call Me”, “Broken Bones And Pocket Change”,

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This is the Southern soul record that everyone heard about in 2014. Having first discovered the Broken Bones as an absolutely stunning live act, we had big expectations for this record. Probably too big. But there’s no denying the fact that the spirit of Otis Redding seems to be living these days in the body of young Paul Janeway, who grew up in a holy-roller church in little Chelsea, Ala. They recorded their album in Muscle Shoals and mixed it at legendary FAME Studios — the very source of the world-shaking soul music that came out of North Alabama in the 1960s. And Janeway delivers every song with the fervor of a Pentecostal preacher.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded April 19, 2014.

Like a Mighty River,
It’s Midnight,
Call Me,
Grass Is Greener,