Birmingham band St. Paul and the Broken Bones records latest music video with BIG Communications at Samford University. Plus, 2 other music videos that were filmed locally

Lead singer Paul Janeway in the groove while performing. Photo via Live for Live Music

They opened for The Rolling Stones in 2015. Sir Elton John invited them to play at his legendary Oscar party. Their first LP was released under Single Lock Records out of Florence, AL in 2014. They became a band in Birmingham.

Any guesses as to which soul / funk / disco / R&B / rock band I’m hinting at?

That’s right: it’s the effortlessly groovy, gritty, groundbreaking St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

I am the proud owner of this limited-edition Alabama-shaped record by St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

These Birmingham Boys Have Got The Groove

The band returned to Birmingham recently to record a “spacey” music video for one of the singles off of their newest record, Young Sick Camellia, which releases in full tomorrow, September 7. The music video for “Apollo” was designed and created in collaboration with Birmingham’s BIG Communications. The company has been designing visual accompaniments for the band’s music since 2013, but this is the first time they have done a video.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Photo via Amazon

Disco Revivial

“My collar got wider, my pants flared out at the leg, my hair grew.” – comment on the music video via Youtube

The music video is primarily black-and-white and features the band’s frontman, Paul Janeway, in a sparkly and shaggy black jacket in contrast to his usual outfit of a blazer and collared shirt. This lends itself to the disco backbeat in the tune. Toward the middle of the song, bursts of color explode and swirl throughout the video while astronauts (I think) in body suits and helmets suspend in the air.

“It’s also about isolation and living in my bubble. It was a song written live in the studio with Jack Splash being the conductor.”

Check out the video below:

Funky Love

Though the band has released 2 full length records and 2 EPs, this may be one of their most personal songs yet.

Janeway states that “this song is the closest I have to a love song to my wife.”

Want to see more music videos that were recorded locally? Check out “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker, filmed in Five Points and “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett, filmed in Helena.