Fourth full-length for the Alabama-bred combo
A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price) — the Alabama-bred eight-piece's fourth full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock n' roll, R&B, psychedelia, stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged — it makes for a majestic backdrop to the group's visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.
Explains frontman Paul Janewa This album was birthed through the idea of falling asleep in a hotel and having a sequence of nightmares, then waking up and missing home so badly."
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. “The title actually came from reading about the history of the Gulf of Mexico, which is home for us,” Janeway notes. “When the settlers—or invaders, really—first came to the Gulf Coast they couldn’t figure out what it was and started referring to it as the Alien Coast. That term really stuck with me, partly because it feels almost apocalyptic.”
Of the hypnotic new single, "The Last Dance": "The juxtaposition of dancing while facing certain doom is what Last Dance is all about. Like dancing through a Mad Max scene. So naturally the video had to be a dance video. It was a pleasure to work with Machete Bang Bang and all the folks involved on this. I hope y'all enjoy."
|1. 3000 AD Mass|
|2. Bermejo And The Devil|
|5. The Last Dance|
|6. Ghost In Smoke|
|1. Alien Coast|
|2. Hunter And His Hounds|
|3. Tin Man Love|
|4. Popcorn Ceiling|
|5. Love Letter From A Red Roof Inn|