St. Paul & The Broken Bones have announced details for the band’s fourth studio LP, The Alien Coast. Set to arrive on January 28th, 2022 via ATO Records, the new album marks a homecoming for the band as it returned to its native Birmingham, AL.

Armed with unlimited studio time in their home base, St. Paul & The Broken Bones dig deep on the new album as they explore both new songwriting techniques as well as new musical technology with an increased interest in synths and samples. Additionally, the history of Birmingham forms a pivotal backbone for the album according to frontman Paul Janeway.

“The title actually came from reading about the history of the Gulf of Mexico, which is home for us,” Janeway said in a statement. “When the settlers—or invaders, really—first came to the Gulf Coast they couldn’t figure out what it was, and started referring to it as the Alien Coast. That term really stuck with me, partly because it feels almost apocalyptic.”

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The band’s fresh approach is immediately apparent on the lead single, “The Last Dance”. From the pulsating rhythm to centralized synths, St. Paul & The Broken Bones forgo their trademark vintage soul sound for a slightly-updated retro dance-pop experiment. The product is held together by a Footloose-esque music video featuring renowned dancer Liv Mai (EuphoriaTransparent) directed by Machete Bang Bang (Coldplay, Jeff Goldblum, Evan Rachel Wood).

“The juxtaposition of dancing while facing certain doom is what ‘Last Dance’ is all about,” Janeway said of the video. “Like dancing through a Mad Max scene. So naturally the video had to be a dance video. It was a pleasure to work with Machete Bang Bang and all the folks involved on this. I hope y’all enjoy.”

Along with “The Last Dance”, SPATBB shared the brief gospel-noir number “3000 AD Mass”. The song combines both the apocalyptic aura that permeates The Alien Coast with Janeway’s personal history as a preacher-in-training who learned to sing through the gospel choir.

Watch the music video for “The Last Dance” below and stream both it and “3000 AD Mass” via the Spotify player or on your preferred streaming platformThe Alien Coast, the new album from St. Paul & The Broken Bones, is available here for pre-order. The band will kick off its album release with a short tour of in-store performances at some favorite record stores throughout the Southeast, followed by international tour dates with more to be announced. Scroll down for a list of tour dates and visit the band’s website for tickets.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones — “The Last Dance” (Official Video)

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones — “3000 AD Mass” (Official Audio)

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The Alien Coast Tracklist

1. 3000 AD Mass
2. Bermejo and The Devil
3. Minotaur
4. Atlas
5. The Last Dance
6. Ghost In Smoke
7. Alien Coast
8. Hunter and His Hounds
9. Tin Man Love
10. Popcorn Ceiling
11. Love Letter From A Red Roof Inn

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones Tour Dates

October 10, 2021: Saturn in Birmingham, AL SOLD OUT
October 12, 2021: Saturn in Birmingham, AL
October 14, 2021: Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA SOLD OUT
October 15, 2021: Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA SOLD OUT
October 22, 2021: Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA
October 23, 2021: WhiskeyX in Las Vegas, NV
October 31, 2021: World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN
December 2, 2021: Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA*
December 3, 2021: Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA*
December 4, 2021: The Senate in Columbia, SC*
December 30, 2021: Brooklyn Bowl Nashville in Nashville, TN
December 31, 2021: Brooklyn Bowl Nashville in Nashville, TN
January 26, 2022: Criminal Records in Atlanta, GA+
January 27, 2022: Seasick Records in Birmingham, AL+
January 28, 2022: Grimey’s in Nashville, TN+
February 1, 2022: Electric Ballroom in London, UK
February 3, 2022: Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, UK
February 4, 2022: Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, Scotland
February 6, 2022: Bataclan in Paris, Île-de-France
February 8, 2022: Hole 44 in Berlin, Germany
February 9, 2022: Le Botanique in Belgium, Brussels
February 10, 2022: Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands

*Support from Buffalo Nichols
+Record store tour dates where an exclusive vinyl version will be available

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