A whole new way of approaching the art and science of keeping instruments in tune and intonated
Passion for eclecticism has always been at the heart of Saint Motel, a band founded by A/J Jackson and guitarist Aaron Sharp: film-school classmates whose longtime friendship had its roots in a shared appreciation of obscurist cinema and mutually adventurous musical tastes that include everything from Imperial Teen to Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement. After bringing bass player Dak Lerdamornpong and drummer Greg Erwin into the fold, the band released their debut EP ForPlay in 2009 and began hosting a series of "experiential concerts" with such themes as Zombie Prom and Judgment Day. "We played in half-pipes, semi-trucks, circuses—pretty much anywhere we could," says Jackson. "We just wanted to do what we could to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, and give people some kind of big, crazy experience whenever they came to see us."
Thanks in part to those one-of-a-kind live shows - and to their critically acclaimed, independently released 2012 full-length debut Voyeur - Saint Motel steadily built up a devoted underground following throughout their early years. Releasing the My Type EP in summer 2014, the band saw their fan base grow exponentially as the title track became a top 10 alternative radio smash, with both the song and its companion video (directed by Jackson himself) each collecting streaming figures in the tens of millions, and counting.
Now set for a fall headlining tour - with their past tours including support slots for Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Band of Skulls, and Weezer - Saint Motel have discovered a new outlet for their boundary-breaking brand of artistry. With plans of creating virtual-reality-enhanced videos for more tracks from saintmotelevision, the band hopes to offer an even more immersive way to experience what Nylon recently referred to as "a bright, dreamy sound that transports listeners to another time and place." "There’s essentially a new art form there," says Jackson of the virtualizer. "But it’s also like when you were younger and bought a new record and went home and put it on, and you’d sit back and close your eyes and kind of enter the album. This is a whole new way to do that, where we’re letting people walk into the album and then just live inside it for a while."