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If youâ€™re into pretty-boy pop masquerading as indie rock, you might have found yourself at the Saint Motel show Sunday night at Summerfest.
Frontman A/J Jackson and company brought their pop-indie sensibilities to a dancing, teenaged and 20-something crowd at the U.S. Cellular stage (a dreamscape for any buyer who works for either Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie).
Ever-gracious and seemingly genuine, Jackson talked with his fans and sprinkled "Milwaukee" into as many crowd interactions as possible.
For starters, he announced that it was the bandâ€™s first time in Milwaukee, so "What should we do?" He noted that he had visited the Milwaukee Public Museum earlier in the day â€“ he declared it "awesome."
Around the third song in, Saint Motel pulled out "Benny Goodman," clearly a crowd favorite.
Itâ€™s tough to predict this sleek-sounding bandâ€™s staying power. Sure, the individual members have their street cred (made their way to Los Angeles, went to film school, worked in a sushi restaurant, yada, yada, yada), but thereâ€™s something about them that seems fleeting. That said, they have two major assets that could certainly work in their favor: Jacksonâ€™s clear, clean, big vocals (that bring to mind â€˜80s Simple Minds and â€˜90s Franz Ferdinand lead singers) and some killer riffs from the sax and trombone. ("Thatâ€™s hot," as Paris Hilton, who DJâ€™d just a few stages away the same night, would say.)
Before launching into "Daydream / Wetdream / Nightmare," Jackson once again thanked the crowd for being so welcoming, noting, again, his bandâ€™s first time in Milwaukee.
Saint Motel wisely leverages the musical sound of virtually every recent decade that precedes them. The rich, brass…Read more...