St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sea Of Noise LP
Sophomore Album On Vinyl LP With Gold Foil Embossing
Sea of Noise is the follow-up to the ground-breaking debut from St. Paul & The
Broken Bones soul band fronted by lead singer Paul Janeway.
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of
feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken
Bones deliver on those promises.
Front man Paul Janeway’s handle "St. Paul" is a wry allusion to the vocalist’s
grounding in the church. Like many a legendary soul singer, Janeway, a native of
the small town of Chelsea, Alabama, was raised on the gospel side, in a
non-denominational, Pentecostal-leaning local church. Virtually no non-religious
music could be heard in his devout household. Janeway says, "The only secular
music that I heard at all was a ‘70s group called the Stylistics, and Sam Cooke.
That was about it. The rest of it was all gospel music. When I was about 10
years old, I was groomed to be a minister. My goal in life until I was about 18
years old was to be a preacher."
He adds, "My pastor was the reason that I learned to play guitar. They would
let me play guitar and sing in church..."
Though his time in the church exposed Janeway to key influences in gospel music
– the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Alex Bradford, Clay Evans – he began moving away
from his youthful path in his late teens. He began attending open mic nights in
Birmingham’s clubs and diversified his listening, excited by some decidedly
left-of-center talents. "Tom Waits and Nick Cave were the really big
attractions," he says. "They have that passion. They’ve built this aura.
They’re showmen to the teeth. And that’s what got me – it’s like going to
church, in a weird way. At about the same time, I began listening to the great
soul singers like Otis Redding, James Carr, and O.V. Wright. I was trying to
find something that made my earbuds tingle."
"...a compelling and challenging commentary, tied together by Janeway's
striking vocals." - Entertainment Weekly
"...a class Souther soul band, complete with a fiery lead singer." - NPR
• Gold Foil Embossing on Album Cover
1. Crumbling Light Posts Pt 1
2. Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like)
3. Midnight On The Earth
4. I'll Be Your Woman
5. All I Ever Wonder
7. Crumbling Light Posts Pt 2
9. Brain Matter
10. Burning Rome
11. Tears In The Diamond
12. Is It Me
13. Crumbling Light Posts Pt 3