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St. Paul and the Broken Bones

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones attempt to “rally its listeners to a higher calling where intelligence and inspiration take precedence” (Paste) with their garage-gospel sound. Experience St. Paul and the Broken Bones as they showcase their sophomore album more on their Austin City Limits debut.

Sea of Noise, the group’s second full-length album, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band. It is the successor to the Broken Bones’ 2013 debut album Half the City, which introduced the ensemble’s blazing mating of ’60s soul fire – daubed with latter-day influences like Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince – with frontman Paul Janeway’s impassioned singing and writing. “On every track, Janeway is a History Channel of R&B vocalizing, thrilling and powerful,” wrote Rolling Stone. “He’ll be one worth watching as he moves through the present.

On Sea of Noise, the band’s brawny, horn-driven sound is augmented – and displaced – by the use of a string quartet and a vocal choir. The album’s lyrical and emotional richness is heard loudly in stunning new compositions like  “Burning Rome” and the startling “I’ll Be Your Woman,” which knocks traditional soul music gender roles on their heads.

“I had to sit and think about what I’m saying,” Janeway said. “What’s my perspective as this Southern kid who’s watching the modern world and feeling very much like an alien in a lot of ways. This is more personal. If you’re going to say something, say something, and don’t waste your breath unless you feel like you’re saying something.”

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