Saint Motel Play New Songs Live on KCRW

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I once had dinner with Saint Motel, hours before seeing them deliver a delicious pop spectacle to an overpacked crowd at the Viper Room. What I learned over dinner was this: 1) they’re hilarious 2) they all went to film school together 3) they joke around like brothers, and their love for each other is only more apparent when they share the stage 4) they take their career seriously, but still seem to have more fun playing than any band I can think of.

Their genuine enthusiasm was noted by Jason Bentley this morning, when he hosted the band for a live set on Morning Becomes Eclectic. I’ve been spinning their EP “ForPlay” for some time now and I never get sick of hearing the songs they played this morning – “Butch,” “To My Enemies,” “Dear Dictator” – and they treated us to a bunch of new songs that have not yet been recorded, including one simply called “Untitled New Song.” Other newbies — “Funny Brain,” “At Least I Have Nothing,” and — my favorite — “Stories” (which really shows off AJ Jackson’s excellent vocals) all maintain the power pop punch that makes them stand out as one of the most promising bands in Los Angeles. I cannot say enough good things about this band!

They recently toured with Band of Skulls and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Catch them live if you can — they play the Bootleg this Saturday — and check out their performance here. (the video will be up soon and is worth waiting for)