Posts Tagged ‘RnB’

St Paul and the Broken Bones from the State of Alabama,

St. Paul & The Broken Bones is not a band that’s easily ignored. The Birmingham-based sextet gets in your face—literally—during shows, and manages to transfer that that intensity to each of the 12 songs on their debut LP Half The City”. With strong roots in the Pentecostal church, frontman Paul Janeway seems to deliver entire sermons in three-and-a-half-minute opuses throughout record. He narrates entire parables like “Grass is Greener” and “Like A Mighty River” in his emotive tenor that evokes both preacher and crooner. And the built-in, two-man brass band arrangements add depth, rhythm and soul to “Half The City”, especially on tracks like “Broken Bones & Pocket Change” and “Sugar Dyed.”

Inspired by funk and R&B acts like Prince, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, St. Paul & The Broken Bones understands the power music has to make you weep, dance and rejoice, sometimes all at the same time; each track on “Half The City” serves one or more of those roles. So while the band released its first EP, “Greetings from St. Paul & The Broken Bones”, in 2013, it’s this full-length debut that serves as the ultimate conversion for believers and heretics, alike.

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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,

American Psychedelic, Garage, Rock Band The Night Beats come to the Musician In Leicester on Monday, The three piece Band from Seattle Washington, with sounds of early 70’s RnB, Garage, Rock and Psych Rock have three albums SONIC BLOOM, the H>BOMB EP, and their debut The Night Beats out to date with a string of live cds as well, tis is your chance to see one of the best of this genre,