Saint Motel Break Down 'The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1': Exclusive

Saint Motel
Catie Laffoon

Saint Motel

Los Angeles indie rock band Saint Motel are back with a new project, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1, released on Wednesday (Oct. 16).

It's the group's first collection of songs to be released since their 2016 studio album Saintmotelevision, which peaked at no. 62 on the Billboard 200 and included the hit single "Move." A virtual reality version of the album that included 360-degree music videos for each song -- the first to ever exist -- was released the following year. 

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1 is the first of a three-part album that will be unveiled by the band over the next few months. Co-produced by singer A/J Jackson and Grammy winner Mark Needham, the songs embody what Jackson, guitarist Aaron Sharp, bassist Dak Lerdamornpong, and drummer Greg Erwin have experienced in the three years since their last release. 

With the first part out, Saint Motel have also announced that they will be hitting the road for a 2020 North American headline tour, which kicks off in January at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. 

Below, Jackson breaks down all five tracks on Saint Motel's The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1. Scroll to the end to stream and to check out the band's tour dates.

"Old Soul"

“Old Soul” was one of the first songs written up in [a] cabin in the [San Gabriel Mountains]. To me, it feels like it sets the tone of the entire album.


When my 2001 RAV 4 finally died, my new car came preinstalled with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and I couldn’t get enough of the ‘40s and ‘50s channels. You can’t really get anything like that on terrestrial radio. The Shepherd Sisters’ song that we sample here is so much fun and in honor of those sisters, and my own, I decided to base the lyrics around them.

"Van Horn"

The guitar riff in the beginning has a western tinge to it and we’d just gotten back from tour where we spent a crazy night in Van Horn, Texas. It just felt right to combine the two.

"Diane Mozart"

The pre-chorus features a mic’d up leather chair. It’s barely audible, but it gave some really cool sounds.

"Save Me"

I really like closing Part 1 with this song. “Save Me” is the call to action that will lead into the Second Act of The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Saint Motel Tour Dates:

January 24- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory

January 25- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park

January 26- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren

January 28- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre

January 30- Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas

January 31- Austin, TX, Emo's

February 1- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston

February 3- Tampa, FL, The Orpheum

February 4- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live

February 6- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre

February 7- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte

February 8- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz

February 10- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of The Living Arts

February 11- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

February 13- New York, NY, Webster Hall

February 14- Boston, MA, Royale

February 15- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall

February 16- McKees Rocks, PA, Roxian Theatre

February 18- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall

February 20- Toronto, Canada, Phoenix Concert Theatre

February 21- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall

February 22- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

February 24- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall

February 25- Kansas City, MO, The Truman

February 27- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre

February 28- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom

February 29- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue

March 3- Seattle, WA, The Showbox

March 4- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater

March 6- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom

March 7- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda Theatre

March 8- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda Theatre