Cinematically inclined local indie-rockers, Saint Motel, recently announced a handful of exciting news to their fans – a short west coast tour with Nico Vega and Imagine Dragons that includes a stop over Halloween weekend at The Roxy, a huge performance at LA Weekly’s LA 101 Fest at Gibson Amphitheatre on November 7th and a fan-inspired music video contest.
We’re here to remind you exactly why you should go see one of their performances and break down the details on all three offerings…
If you’ve seen the rising and rocking quartet, than you certainly understand why a show of theirs should not be missed – they are epic, different every night and infectiously fun. The band’s concerts are extremely fluid displays of raw talent packaged in a high energy, visually intoxicating performance.
The visual stimulation comes in the form of a sequenced stream of live video (of the band members and the crowd) that is intermittently spliced with stock footage and other film which gets projected behind the artists on stage. Fans not only can enjoy the band’s audible creativity, but they get to see their visual artistry skills too (several band members studied film in college). And, if you’re dancing at the right moment, you may even see yourself caught on camera on stage or on stage itself (fans rush the stage during their encores).
The band’s musical talents are also worthy of note. Front-man/Singer and guitarist AJ has matured considerably – his vocals are much improved from their Spaceland residency a year ago. Lead guitarist Aaron Sharp rifles off rock riffs with apparent ease, styling them with great guitar faces and occasional fancy footwork. Greg Erwin, the band’s drummer, and Dak, their bassist, hold down the rhythm section with beautiful chemistry – seemingly intuitively tuned into each other’s personal frequency.
The exceptional musicianship combined with the DIY tech-savvy visual presentation combines for an amazing experience…one you certainly should not miss. AND, L.A. is offering you two chances to have that experience – one a week from Friday on October 29th at The Roxy for Witch Hunt with Nico Vega and opener Imagine Dragons (buy tickets HERE) and then less than two weeks later at The Gibson Amphitheatre on November 7th where they will perform on the same bill as Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack, amongst others (buy tickets HERE).
Not only do these guys play for their fans – they also engage with them too. Just recently Saint Motel announced a music video contest on their facebook fan page. We’ve included a few details of the contest below – but basically, they are giving you free reign to synch a song of theirs with your home-made video and share it with them – all you need is a youtube account, a facebook account and the ability to create a video.
Saint Motel loves the art of the music video, as we have made a music video for every one of our songs, and we want to see what you can come up with!
1. You have from now to November 30th to submit.
2. You can do a music video for any Saint Motel song off our EP ForPlay.
3. Just upload your finished music video to your own YouTube account and embed on our Facebook page.
4. Get creative!
Everyone who enters gets a free CD, but there for the winner…
THE PRIZE FOR 1st PLACE:
1. (4) tickets to any SM show present or future. The four can also be split up amongst various show. (certain festivals or concerts may be excluded)
2. A SM T-shirt
3. A SM CD
4. A SM Necklace
5. You will be in Saint Motel’s next music video. (subject to your availabity at the time of filming)
6. Secret Surprise Gift
7. We will feature your music video on all of our websites!
For those of you outside of Los Angeles, you can still participate in the video contest and, if you live in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Portland, Grass Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Santa Cruz or Fresno – you could see Saint Motel on their tour when they come into your town!
Check out their music videos and some behind the scenes footage from their Dear Dictator (Sam Sparro Remix) video shoot here:
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