Rough Trade recommends: St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City

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Hot out of the deep south of the US come the latest soul band who are about to break big. Coming on like the Alabama Shakes – not that surprising as the album was produced, recorded in Muscle Shoals, and released by Shakes’ drummer Ben Tanner – they are a classic good time band who have got the major label scouts frothing at the mouth.

The band are all friends and musicians from around Birmingham (Alabama, not the Midlands) and kept it local for the recording too. Reaching back nearly 50 years to methods employed in the great epoch of deep Southern soul, Tanner and the group eschewed studio trickery for an in-the-moment approach during sessions at the Nutthouse in Muscle Shoals. Fittingly, the album was mixed at FAME. Janeway explains,

“We said, ‘We’re doing this as old-school as we can.’ We did it to tape. We did it live. What you hear is taken from about three takes, and we took the best take. I love it. It’s raw. You hear all the scrapes.”

Their incendiary live shows wowed the crowds as wells the critics at the recent South By South West festival, and they ended up being tipped by Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Sunday Times and others – make sure to check them out when they visit these shores in May, and at numerous festivals throughout the summer.

Nigel House, co-founder, Rough Trade record shops

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