Excitement is building for St. Paul & The Broken Bones, as the octet is just a few weeks away from sending their new album The Alien Coast out into the world. Up to now, the band has released three singles from the album, which have given fans a strong idea of what to expect from the project. There is a strong dystopian feel that comes through, a sense that things are falling apart, which can be attributed to the many works of art and fiction that lead vocalist Paul Janeway studied when working on the album. For the group’s latest single “Minotaur,” inspiration was found in Picasso’s series of minotaur paintings from the 1930s.
Similar to the band’s previous single “Love Letter From A Red Roof Inn,” “Minotaur” invokes a sense of fear and isolation. Over a bright guitar loop created by the band’s own Browan Lollar, Janeway gives us heavy lyrics about self-identity and trauma – something that Janeway picked up through Picasso’s use of the minotaur in those paintings. Janeway also taps into the loneliness that can come from the fear of one’s self, using his soulful falsetto to enhance this feeling.
Along with the new single, St. Paul & The Broken Bones have released a live video. We see the band performing the track at Ol Elegante studios, which has been the setting for some of their recent videos. The group’s earliest recordings were made in this studio, so we can imagine how incredible it must have felt to return and perform these new tracks live. You can check it out below.
You can listen to “Minotaur” on platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music.
Grab tickets to St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ upcoming The Alien Coast Tour here.
Pre-order The Alien Coast before its release on January 28 here.