St. Paul & The Broken Bones are a world-renowned 8 piece band based in Montgomery, Alabama, with soul as the backbone, while extending into indie rock, psychedelia, and beyond. They’ve released four full-lengths, have done all the major TV appearances (Letterman, Colbert, Kimmel, Conan etc.) and have played the world’s major festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury etc.). Now they bring their explosive and ever-evolving sound to Sudbury’s Grace Hartman Amphitheatre for NLFB 50.
A fever dream in sonic form, St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ new album The Alien Coast represents the most adventurous and original output yet from an ever-evolving musical powerhouse. In a profound shift for the Alabama-bred eight-piece, the band’s fourth full-length and first for ATO Records strays far from the time-bending soul of past work like their 2014 debut, arriving at a convergence of soul and psychedelia, stoner metal and funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and unhinged, that sound makes for a majestic backdrop to St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.
Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Elvis, John Prine, Jason Isbell), The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones have ever recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. In creating the ultra-vivid dreamscape threaded throughout The Alien Coast, the band’s chief lyricist drew inspiration from such disparate sources as Greek mythology, dystopian sci-fi, 17th century Italian sculpture, and colonial-period history books.