On the heels of their highly-anticipated new album saintmotelevision, breakout LA indie rockers Saint Motel are set to return to Nashville for their first local headlining show in a few years tonight, Oct. 25 at Cannery Ballroom! Hailed for their immersive, cinematic, and artistic live show, Saint Motel are definitely best experienced live, and with buzzy group Hippo Campus and up and comers Weathers rounding out the bill, this feels like a must-see fall lineup. Tickets are still available here, so grab yours now and read on for more about the lineup below.
Frontman A/J Jackson and guitarist Aaron Sharp formed Saint Motel in 2009, after meeting in film school in LA and quickly bonding over similar taste in music, cinema, and art. Rounding out their lineup with bassist Dak Lerdamornpong and drummer Greg Erwin, the group found early buzz thanks to their debut EP, ForPlay, further fleshing out their artsy, indie, pop-accessible sound with 2012 full-length debut, Voyeur. Based on the strength of their live show, and a persistent commitment to enhancing their music with a strong visual backbone, video content, and immersive performances, and fueled by tons of positive press, Saint Motel inked a major label deal ahead of 2014 EP My Type, and, thanks to the breakout success of its title track, soon found swift worldwide popularity. Over the past few years, the rising rockers have toured with big names like Weezer, Arctic Monkeys, and Imagine Dragons, played fests such as Bonnaroo, Pilgrimage, and Firefly, and have scored numerous film and television placements, all the while getting more adventurous and immersive with their stage show. The group’s sophomore LP, saintmotelevision, which arrived last week, further intertwines the band’s love of visual flair and their eclectic, accessible, and substantive sound, landing as some of Saint Motel’s strongest material to date. The fact that they’re headlining is a testament to the group’s recent ascent, and with brand new material to debut live, there’s never been a better time to catch them!
Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, the members of Hippo Campus met while attending high school at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where they took part in various other projects before focusing their energy on the poppy, upbeat, and melodically dense flavor of indie rock that has helped the group become a breakout band in just a few short years. Since 2014 debut EP Bashful Creatures, and especially with last year’s South, Hippo Campus have earned spots supporting the likes of Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, The Mowgli’s, and Walk the Moon, earning media praise, radio play, festival appearances, and even a debut on Conan. Fast becoming a need-to-know indie band, Hippo Campus are gearing up to release their debut full-length, and are an exciting addition to this buzzworthy lineup.
Like Saint Motel, Weathers hail from Los Angeles, and, despite having only formed last year, have already landed a deal with RCA. The young alt/indie rockers all already turning heads with debut single “Happy Pills,” which packs big pop hooks with glitzy, angsty rock bite, and while we don’t yet know a ton about them, we’re eager to see what they’re all about in person.
Saint Motel, Hippo Campus, and Weathers will perform tonight, Oct. 25 at Cannery Ballroom. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.