St Paul and The Broken Bones are a band that needs to be seen live.
While their Studio Recordings are wonderful, their live show is extraordinary. I saw them recently at Summerfest in Milwaukee, the same night Paul McCartney was the main attraction. They did stuff from the first album, Half of the City, along with a bunch of new music. The only new song that I had heard was “All I Ever Wonder” and it was a revelation live.
The studio version is fantastic. The gospel inspiration is clear from the organ and choir on the chorus. The normal soul trappings of their music is still there, Paul’s booming and powerful voice, the fantastic groove-ridden drums, horns and strings reminiscent of Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye. The thing that separates this from their other music though is the chorus. No other St. Paul song has a chorus as catchy or defined as this one. It is simply masterful, it is the type of chorus that stands out immediately. With ear catching horn stabs, organ runs and drum fills. This is a song that can easily be sung along to at a concert and bring people even more into the fold of their dynamic and awesome performances.
Their live show is something else. The singer, Paul, has a presence on the stage that is undeniable. From his dancing, to how he holds the microphone, changing the timing of certain words, posing, andhis authentic excitement and enthusiasm for what he is doing. The band also has great chemistry together and is unbelievably tight. When it all comes together it is one of the best shows I have seen.
St Paul and The Broken Bones are a great band. Their live shows are awesome and their studio work is awesome as well. Their first album Half Of The City is worth checking out, just to get up to date and prepared for their next album - Sea Of Noise.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)