92.5 The RivPresents
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is 18 and over. Patrons under 18 admitted if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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Every purchase of a ticket to SAINT MOTEL includes a download to the band’s upcoming Label debut album.
Elektra recording group Saint Motel has announced the release of their long awaited full-length label debut album. “saintmotelevision” arrives everywhere on Friday, October 21st.
“saintmotelevision” was recorded earlier this year in Los Angeles with production from the likes of Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim) and Tim Pagnotta (Walk The Moon) among others as well as Saint Motel’s own A/J Jackson. The lead single is set for release on August 12th in conjunction with the album pre-order. Further details will be announced soon. For updates, please see www.saintmotel.com.
Saint Motel will herald the release of “saintmotelevision” with an extensive North American trek, presented by “Ones To Watch” featuring support from Jr. Jr., Hippo Campus, and Weathers (lineup varies depending on the market). The tour kicks off Thursday, September 15th at San Diego, CA’s House of Blues and continues until November (see attached itinerary). ). As an added bonus, each ticket purchase includes a digital copy of “saintmotelevision” to be delivered on album release, as well as digital delivery of all pre-release instant grat tracks. VIP pre-sales start on Tuesday, July 12th with general on-sales beginning Friday, July 15th – for complete details, please log on to www.saintmotel.com/tour.
In addition to the “Ones To Watch” tour, Saint Motel has also slated a number of summer live dates and festival appearances, including Winter Park, CO’s Divide Music Festival (Saturday, July 23rd), Chicago, IL’s Lollapalooza (July 29th), Austin, TX’s ACL Music Festival (October 1st and October 8th), and New Orleans, LA’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (October 29th).
“saintmotelevision” follows Saint Motel’s 2014 label debut EP, “MY TYPE,” highlighted by such singles as “Cold Cold Man” and the breakthrough hit title track. “My Type” – which is also featured on Atlantic Records’ “PAPER TOWNS – MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE” – proved a top 5 AAA and top 10 Alternative radio smash here in the US. The song has garnered over 46 million streams on Spotify and was a top 40 favorite in such European countries as Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, where it received platinum sales certification. In addition, the “My Type” companion video – directed by Saint Motel frontman A/J Jackson – has drawn more than 12 million views at the band’s official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/saintmotelvideo.
Saint Motel came together when A/J Jackson met fellow Southern California film student Aaron Sharp, and together launched a new musical project. Bangkok-born bassist Dak Lerdamornpong and drummer Greg Erwin completed the group, which immediately attracted attention for their striking visual presentations and dynamic indie rock.
“VOYEUR,” Saint Motel’s independently released 2012 debut album, earned national acclaim and massive play on Alternative blogs and specialty radio. Further applause came from the band’s increasingly inventive live performances, including such audio/visual extravaganzas as “The Kaleidoscopic Mind Explosion in 3D” and the annual Zombie Prom, as well as tours alongside Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Band of Skulls, and Weezer.
Saint Motel has spent much of the past year in the studio and on the road, including high-energy sets at festivals including Indio, CA’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Dover, DE’s Firefly Music Festival, George, WA’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Manchester, TN’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The band has also made an array of major network TV appearances including NBC’s TODAY, CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and TBS’ CONAN.
In addition, Saint Motel have also become beloved international pop superstars via multiple European tours, high profile features in GQ Italia, Cosmopolitan Italia, Italian Vogue and Rolling Stone, being playlisted on BBC1 in the UK, and live appearances on X Factor (Italy) and the nationally televised 65th annual Sanremo Music Festival.
Saint Motel is: A/J Jackson (vocals), Aaron Sharp (guitar), Dak Lerdamornpong (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums).
A strange thing happens when freshwater and saltwater rub up against each other. In the ocean, when left undisturbed, the two kinds of water will separate into strata that are all but indiscernible from above or below—and when a deep-sea diver is swimming upwards, thinking they’re just about to come up for air, they’ll actually hit another layer of clearer, fresher water that separates them from the atmosphere. It’s a beguiling effect that scientists call the halocline.
For the band Hippo Campus, the idea of the halocline has taken on a profound meaning. Having just graduated high school in 2013, the four members of the band teeter in that precarious place between being a kid and being a fully independent adult; though they have been kicking their legs as hard as they can to rise above murky waters of adolescent angst, a whole new echelon of complications lingers just overhead.
we rose in the morning
confused by what we were mourning
for some things are better left in the adolescence of youth
The quartet have grasped “the halocline” like a mantra, using it as their handle on social media and as an inspiration for their lyrics. “It’s the illusion of growing up,” says Hippo Campus’s guitarist and co-lyricist, Nathan Stocker. “Like, you don’t ever, really. It’s just all these things that happen that sort of signify adulthood, suddenly.” And with that idea in mind, they’ve figured out how to perfectly capture that mixture of longing, aimlessness, and eternal hope that consumes all young people transitioning from adolescence to adulthood on their debut EP, Bashful Creatures, and its follow-up South.
“We really liked high school,” bassist Zach Sutton notes, laughing. As their backstory unravels, it’s easy to understand why: The four young men in Hippo Campus first met while attending the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a rigorous charter school in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota that prepares music students for the fast track to college conservatories and it quickly positioned music at the very center of their young lives.
cheery cheeks and bloodshot eyes
see good on earth, and truth in lies
“Music is such a vague thing. It’s very subjective, it’s very sentimental, it’s very abstract,” Nathan muses. “So a lot of people probably don’t have any sort of training to actually talk about it, you know. And so going to a conservatory, we were able to develop our tongue, I guess, so we could communicate more easily. Not necessarily when we jam, because that’s all feeling. But when we’re trying to decipher what it all means, that’s where the language can come in handy. It’s a pretty mutual understanding.”
Nathan, Zach, and drummer Whistler Allen all participated in the school’s jazz program, while Hippo Campus’s lead singer, Jake Luppen, studied classical music and developed his voice by singing opera.
“Studying classical music allows you to adjust your voice to get multiple tones, similar to a guitar or any other physical instrument. It’s like another way of singing.” Jake notes.
Anyone who has heard Luppen sing knows exactly what he’s talking about: he approaches melodies in swooping lines, making octave jumps and sudden high notes look effortless. The playful elasticity of his voice is at the very center of Hippo Campus’s bright, optimistic, and emotionally resonant sound, and his melodies play a starring role.
wise me talk the same way my mother taught me
i walk the same way my father told me
back straight, chest out, just like a soldier
back straight, chest out, just like a soldier
In addition to their prescient lyrics and buoyant melodies, Hippo Campus have quickly earned a reputation for their rock-solid live shows and the impressive way they can build toward enormous crests before breaking apart into glistening four-part harmonies. Even in the Twin Cities, where the band quickly trampolined from playing all-ages shows to sharing stages with the town’s largest acts on the city’s biggest stages, it’s not uncommon to overhear the exasperated question, “Who are these guys and where did they come from??”
In the course of just over a year, Hippo Campus have skyrocketed. In the Twin Cities, they became darlings of their local radio station, 89.3 The Current, playing the station’s 10th anniversary bash at First Avenue in January. The first time they toured outside of Minnesota at SXSW, they created such a buzz that they wrapped up their week playing “Suicide Saturday” for none other than Conan O’Brien on his show CONAN. And this summer, they’ll continue a tireless touring schedule opening for big-name acts like Walk the Moon, Real Estate and My Morning Jacket and playing in front of tens of thousands of music fans at Lollapalooza.
The band is still in the midst of a transition period, but now they’re not only figuring out how to make the brave leap into adulthood—they’re dangling between being hometown heroes and becoming breakout stars. As they literally grow up in front of their audiences’ eyes, Bashful Creatures and South are the sound of the four young men from Hippo Campus finally coming up for air.
we moved in packs together, bounded by our oldest brothers
the night was ours for taking, rolling cigarettes and sneaking out
we sung our songs of youth and promised that we’d never lose it
“There were a lot of questions when we were writing Bashful Creatures,” says Jake. “I think we were asking a lot of questions through the songs, and just with ourselves in general. Is this what we’re doing? Zach and I were in college, figuring a lot of stuff out. It was just a very formative time, and a lot of those songs represent those growing pains. There are a lot of themes in there with brotherhood—that was a big part of us banding together and writing this music, to kind of push through this really crazy, formative time in our lives to just be like, This is what we want to do.”
Cameron Boyer (vocals, rhythm guitar)
Cameron Olsen (lead guitar,vocals)
Cole Carson (drums)
Brennen Bates (bass)