Saint Motel

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Saint Motel
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Saint Motel
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, US
Years active2007–present

Saint Motel is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, whose music has been described as everything from "dream pop" to "indie prog."[1][2] The band consists of A. J. Jackson (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Dak Lerdamornpong (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums).[3][4]


2007–2011: ForPlay[edit]

The group initially came together while Jackson and Sharp were attending film school in Southern California.[5] The duo later met Lerdamornpong at a sushi restaurant where he worked near campus and Greg who went to a school nearby. The band emphasizes visuals in addition to its music; their 2009 debut EP, ForPlay, included a video for each of the six songs.[6]

2012–2013: Voyeur[edit]

The band's first full-length album, Voyeur, debuted at #18 on the alt specialty radio charts and six of its eleven songs charted on the Hype Machine Charts.[7][8][9][10][11] The album was celebrated by everyone from The Washington Post to Daytrotter. As KCRW Music Librarian and DJ Eric J. Lawrence put it, "They have attacked [the debut album] with gusto on Voyeur, adding dynamic touches to their rock-solid core of songwriting," and, "Overall the album is a satisfying package from start to finish."[12]

2014–2015: My Type[edit]

The band released the EP My Type with Parlophone on August 17 in the UK.[13][14] "My Type" climbed the Top 40 charts in many European countries including Italy where it was certified platinum.[15] The band embarked on two European and one US tour in support of the EP and were expected to release the full-length album later in 2015. In December 2014 Saint Motel announced that they had joined the Elektra Records roster.[16] Saint Motel appeared as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC performing the songs "My Type" and "Cold Cold Man."[17] In April 2015, Saint Motel performed during both weekends on the main stage at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[18] They also performed at Piqniq and the 2015 KROQ Weenie Roast.[citation needed]

2016–2018: saintmotelevision[edit]

On July 11, 2016, Saint Motel announced their second album, saintmotelevision, released on October 21, 2016. The band embarked on a North American tour in support of the album, with Hippo Campus and JR JR as supporting acts.[19] On August 12, Saint Motel released the album's first single, "Move," with an accompanying 360-degree video.[20] In September, in an exclusive with Billboard, they released another song from the album, "You Can Be You."[21] Saint Motel has released 10 virtual reality components, one for each song on the album.[22] This makes Saint Motel the first band to release an entire album with a virtual reality VR experience to accompany every track.[23] One year after releasing the first-ever virtual reality album, Saint Motel has continued to experiment with new technologies, releasing the first-ever augmented reality version of saintmotelevision as well as offering the option to purchase the albums ForPlay and Voyeur with Bitcoin.[24][25]

2019-present: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[edit]

On October 16, 2019, the band released the EP The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1, the first of three extended plays consisting of songs from their upcoming third album, due out in 2020.[26]

Live shows[edit]

Saint Motel has created or performed at a variety of shows,[27] including The Kaleidoscopic Mind Explosion in 3D,[28] Future Fathers Day, The Black & White Show,[29] Make Contact, and Valentine's Zombie Prom[30] and has toured with bands such as Band of Skulls,[31] Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons,[32] Races,[33] Hockey,[34] Arctic Monkeys,[35] Weezer, and Lights.[36] Saint Motel performed at the 2015 Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy, and at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[37] On December 12, they performed in Live Out (Monterrey, Mexico). The band opened for Panic! At The Disco on their Death of a Bachelor Tour.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: July 10, 2012
  • Label: OnThe Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP
  • Released: October 21, 2016
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP
62 100
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 8 September 2009
  • Label: OnThe Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Released: December 13, 2011
  • Label: OnThe Records
  • Formats: 7"
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: OnThe Records
  • Formats: 7"
My Type
  • Released: August 17, 2014
  • Label: Elektra, Parlophone
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1
  • Released: October 16, 2019[40]
  • Label: Elektra
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album




2012 "Puzzle Pieces" Voyeur
"At Least I Have Nothing"
"Benny Goodman"
2014 "My Type" 5 9 18 7 120 14 20 51 34 My Type (EP)
"Ace in the Hole"
2015 "Cold Cold Man" 22 [A] 45
2016 "Move" 3 14 29 37 saintmotelevision
2019 "Van Horn" 17 21 [B] The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "Cold Cold Man" did not chart on the Hot Rock Songs chart but did peak at number 37 on the Rock Airplay chart.[50]
  2. ^ "Van Horn" did not chart on the Rock Songs chart but did peak at number 31 on the Rock Airplay chart.[50]


Year Title Director
2009 "Butch" A. J. Jackson
"Dear Dictator" Carlos Estrada
"To My Enemies" Carlos Estrada
"Eat Your Heart Out" Evan Savitt
"Pity Party" A. J. Jackson
"Do Everything Now" A. J. Jackson
2010 "Dear Dictator" (Sam Sparro Remix) A. J. Jackson
2011 "Puzzle Pieces" A. J. Jackson
"At Least I Have Nothing" Saint Motel
2012 "1997" A. J. Jackson
"Benny Goodman" A. J. Jackson
2013 "Daydream/Wetdream/Nightmare" Sidsel Sørensen
2014 "My Type" (Unofficial) Sam Winkler
"My Type" A. J. Jackson
2015 "Cold Cold Man" (Unofficial) N/A
"Cold Cold Man" Chris Osbrink
2016 "Move" Nick Roney and Zach Wechter
"You Can Be You" (Virtualizer) N/A
"Born Again" (Virtualizer) N/A
2018 "Late Night Tour" (Recap Video) N/A
2019 "Old Soul" (Official Visualizer)
"Sisters" (Official Visualizer)
"Van Horn" (Official Visualizer)
"Diane Mozart" (Official Visualizer)
"Save Me" (Official Visualizer)
2020 "Van Horn" A. J. Jackson


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  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (January 6, 2011). "The Circus Tumbles In, to the Sound of the '70s". The New York Times.
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  4. ^
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  8. ^ "Check Out: Saint Motel – "1997" (CoS Premiere) « Consequence of Sound". May 16, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
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  11. ^ "Saint Motel Presents Judgment Day On May 21st At The Roxy". The Audio Perv. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
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  13. ^ Bambridge, Fred. "It's All Indie: Saint Motel sign to Parlophone Records". Retrieved August 24, 2014.
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  16. ^ Thompson, Gus. "Media Life: Ex-Auburn drummer's Saint Motel signs with Elektra Records". Retrieved April 23, 2015.
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  18. ^ Miller, Jeff. "Coachella 2015: Saint Motel Talks U.S. Breakout Moment". Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  19. ^ "Saint Motel Announce New Album, saintmotelevision". Retrieved January 5, 2017.
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  22. ^ Locker, Melissa. "This L.A. rock band just released the first full VR album". Fast Company. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
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  28. ^ The Troubadour says…. "Saint Motel Kaleidoscopic Mind Explosion in 3-D w/ Aushua, Oliver Future, and the Voyeurs @ The Troubadour – Flavorpill Los Angeles". Retrieved October 21, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  29. ^ "Saint Motel Black and White Show: Concert Review". November 10, 2009. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  30. ^ Jessup, Julie (February 4, 2011). "Saint Motel Presents 3rd Annual Zombie Prom". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  31. ^ "Saint Motel to Support Band of Skulls". Green Shoelace. April 2, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2012.[permanent dead link]
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  44. ^ "Saint Motel – Chart history (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
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  46. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  47. ^ "Saint Motel - My Type -". Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  48. ^ "SAINT MOTEL | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  49. ^ "Canadian certifications – Saint Motel". Music Canada. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
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External links[edit]

  • "News". Saint Motel Official Site.