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"Music that transcends"

Along with a penchant for combining elements of this decade’s hitmakers (think Franz Ferdinand, the Killers and the Bravery) into one explosive rock package, the four guys in Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel have a sense of humor... But make no mistake, Jackson, Erwin, guitarist Aaron Sharp and bassist Dak are deadly serious about making music that transcends the boundaries of four-piece rock ‘n’ roll." -Kevin Bronson's (Sep 7, 2009) -

"Raw creative energy"

Equipped with an arsenal of artistic talents, Saint Motel’s future looks promising. Their debut album, ForPlay, boasts raw creative energy, unique guitar tones and surprising sonic twists, and has been rapidly turning listeners into fans." - Campus Circle

"Raucous Sexual Energy"

After a successful string of appearances at parties so raucous one
warranted police helicopters – along with a more tempered but well
received residency last summer at the Viper Room – local outfit Saint
Motel has gained speed with its particular blend of wholesome indie
rock brimming with raucous sexual energy. –THE ONION (Feb 15, 2009)


"Irresistible Garage Glam"

Imploring, atonal, and irresistible garage glam. –FLAVORPILL (Nov 2008) - FLAVORPILL

"Saint Motel Never Fail"

Saint Motel never fail to put on a show that’s a treat for the senses.
–METROMIX (Feb 2009)



Debut EP ForPlay - Released Sep 8, 2009. Includes FREE videos for each song both on physical discs and on iTunes.

"Dear Dictator" played consistently on KROQ Locals Only.



Saint Motel is difficult to describe, hard to resist, and damn fun. In the world of Saint Motel, nothing bows to convention: Stages become forests and living rooms, and shows become kaleidoscopic mind explosions in 3D.

This theatrically creative world is due in large part to the fact that the gentlemen of Saint Motel met in film school and share a distinct interest in cinema. The band's keen visual sensibility has yielded an array of stunningly original videos that will accompany songs from their forthcoming debut EP ForPlay. The EP is due out September 8th via the band's own label On The Records (an Ingrooves imprint), and the purchase of the physical or digital version of ForPlay will include the free added bonus of the beautiful, ultra-conceptualized videos for each song.

Saint Motel is A/J Jackson (vocals, guitar), A Sharp (lead guitar), Greg Erwin (drums) and Dak (bass) – musicians who constantly experiment and push boundaries within the songwriting process to keep evolving their signature sound that features unique guitar tones and surprising sonic twists throughout. Dear Dictator is the EP's first single, which is enjoying spins and support from influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ. The song balances a hauntingly beautiful melody and a powerfully familiar-feeling riff. The video will soon be impacting at MTVu, MTV2 and fuse. Butch has a Frankie Valli-meets-The Who vibe with its catchy melody, gentle vocals, and huge climax, while Eat Your Heart Out is reminiscent of a more intense U2 with its atmospheric fire. To My Enemies showcases Sharp's use of the slide guitar that he manipulates to produce a mesmerizing horn-sounding tone. Pity Party has a build reminiscent of an earlier era and takes you away with quick turns and a memorable breakdown that warns "And if the world would end tonight, I won't be by your side" ForPlay's final track, Do Everything Now, is a steady build that grabs you and punch you in the gut with its musical force, and sounds like the soundtrack to Jack Kerouac's On The Road.

The raw energy apparent in Saint Motel's music is felt at a new level when experiencing them live. The band's live shows are marked by this effusive energy and the spectacle of exciting visual soundscapes that blend the sonic with the artful. Jackson explains, “People want to be entertained when they go out to see a show so we try to offer not only an energetic performance but also a memorable experience.” Metromix agrees, stating that ”Saint Motel never fail to put on a show that’s a treat for the senses” and The Onion claims ”Saint Motel has a...particular blend of wholesome indie rock brimming with raucous sexual energy,” while Flavorpill declares the band ”Imploring, atonal, and irresistible garage glam.”

In support of ForPlay's release, catch Saint Motel's Cinematic Spectacular residency Monday nights in September at Spaceland in Los Angeles, which will boast a different cinematic theme for each show: Science Fiction, Erotic, Experimental and Slasher! And see the band on tour this Fall as they head to New York for the CMJ Music Marathon and beyond.