Saint Motel

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Saint Motel
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Saint Motel
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Years active 2007–present
  • A/J Jackson
  • Aaron Sharp
  • Greg Erwin
  • Dak Lerdamornpong

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 Dak 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 that, "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 have 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 with guests Tom Arnold and Maisie Williams; the band performed 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–present: saintmotelevision[edit]

On July 11, 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]

Live shows[edit]

Saint Motel has created or performed at a variety of shows,[22] including The Kaleidoscopic Mind Explosion in 3D,[23] Future Fathers Day, The Black & White Show,[24] Make Contact, and Valentine's Zombie Prom[25] and has toured with bands such as Band of Skulls,[26] Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons,[27] Races,[28] Hockey,[29] Arctic Monkeys,[30] Weezer, Lights.[31] Saint Motel performed at the 2015 Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy, and at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[32] In December 12, they performed in Live Out (Monterrey, Mexico). The band opened for Panic! At The Disco on their Death of a Bachelor Tour.


In 2010 Saint Motel opened for Band of Skulls at Venue in Vancouver, B.C.[33] On July 23, 2011, Saint Motel performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV. The episode included an interview with program host, Nic Harcourt. Saint Motel's music has been used frequently in film and television including a recent HBO Films use of "Dear Dictator" in their 2013 trailer for Boardwalk Empire.[34] Saint Motel is prominently featured in Dewars Scotch Whiskey's current "Live True" ad campaign.[35] "My Type" was used by UK cellphone retailer Phones 4u in their 2014 UK TV ad campaign and the NOW TV ad in 2015. "My Type" is also featured in EA Sports game FIFA 15[36] and later re-used again in Konami game Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 and in the Volkswagen Memorial Day Sale ads in 2015 and 2016.[37] In 2016, Uber used "Move" in a television commercial.[38] "Move" also appeared again in EA Sports game, FIFA 17, as well as in a 2017 Nissan television advertisement for the "Make the Move" Sales Event.

In 2015 Saint Motel performed at the Crocodile in Seattle,[39] and at the Pilgrimage Festival in Tennessee.[40]

On the last day of 2016, they played in Chicago for the city's New Year's Eve event, Chi-town Rising.[41][42]

Saint Motel played as an opening band along with MisterWives on Panic! At The Disco's 2016–2017 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
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released


Year Title Peak chart positions 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
"—" 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.[53]


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


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  50. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
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