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Check Out: Saint Motel – “1997” (CoS Premiere)

on May 16, 2012, 5:48pm

saintmotel Check Out: Saint Motel   1997 (CoS Premiere)

Since forming in 2007, Los Angeles indie-pop band Saint Motel have been known for their raucous live shows (they’ve thrown several Valentine’s zombie proms) and a sound that favored anthemic bursts of rhythm. For their debut album Voyeur (due out July 10th via On the Records), the band infused elements of tropical, Latin, big band, and retro music in an aim to avoid creative stagnation and keep their momentum perpetually upward.

For an indication of how they’re progressing, the band has released the LP’s lead single, “1997”. It’s a catchy classical piano ditty, with sporadic guitars and chunks of ambiance thrown on top, that obsesses about the eponymous year as a historical vantage point for meaningful relationships (“And it’s hard to find a friend/Somebody else who has no others/Somebody else who understands/Then it happened, in 1997”). Stream it below.

The band will be on tour throughout July and August (here’s hoping for another Future Father’s Day), with the full scheduled available just below the album tracklist.

Voyeur Tracklist:
01. Feed Me Now
02. Benny Goodman
03. Puzzle Pieces
04. Daydream / Wetdream / Nightmare
05. 1997
06. Honest Feedback
07. At Least I Have Nothing
08. You Do It Well
09. Hands Up Robert
10. Stories
11. Balsa Wood Bones

Saint Motel 2012 Tour Dates:
07/12 – San Francisco @ Pop Scene
07/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
07/17 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
07/19 – Madison, WI @ Univ. of Wisconsin
07/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
07/21 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
07/22 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
07/23 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
07/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
07/27 – New York @ the Mercury Lounge
07/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
07/29 – Washington, DC @ DC9
07/31 – @lanta, GA @ The Masquerade
08/01 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
08/03 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
08/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
08/06 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
08/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
08/10 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
08/11 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

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