Hotly-tipped Los Angeles indie rockers--and one time film students--SAINT MOTEL have exclusively premiered their new music video for the song "Benny Goodman," off their debut full-length album VOYEUR, released earlier this year. The video--up today on PasteMagazine.com--was directed by lead singer A/J JACKSON and features two viral sensations combining creative forces: Miles "Baby Boogaloo" Brown and Derrick Tuggle. Check the video out below!
"The concept for the video is inspired, like the song itself, by the tale of the Benny Goodman's struggle for success," explains JACKSON. "As Benny learned at the Palomar Ballroom in 1935, when no one else believes in you, when you can't go on, when the end is near...don't give up! Because that just might be your time to shine."
7-year-old Miles "Baby Boogaloo" Brown has appeared twice on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," making his TV debut in October 2009 and returning to dance again for Ellen in December 2010. Baby Boogaloo began dancing when he was 3-years-old and quickly rose to fame appearing in music videos for Chris Brown, Aloe Blacc and Stereotypes as well as TV appearances on Nick Jr.'s popular "Yo Gabba Gabba," as a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and countless commercials.
Derrick Tuggle essentially became an overnight sensation when he starred in The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" music video. In the video--which has been viewed over 20 million times and was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for "Best Rock Video" earlier this year--Tuggle appears solo throughout the entire clip lip-syncing and dancing to the song (http://youtu.be/a_426RiwST8).
To coincide with the release of the "Benny Goodman" video, SAINT MOTEL will embark on a West Coast headlining tour kicking off tomorrow, Thursday, November 29 in Stockton, CA. The band will then head up the California coast hitting Sacramento before reaching Seattle, Vancouver and Portland, then circling back towards Southern California stopping off in Seaside and Fresno before wrapping Saturday, December 15 in Costa Mesa, CA.
With sophisticated savvy and singularity, SAINT MOTEL--JACKSON (leads vocals/guitar), DAK (bass), AARON SHARP (lead guitar) and GREG ERWIN (drums)--has built a formidable reputation on the back of inventive indie pop and wildly-fun live shows. VOYEUR, the band's debut album, is lush with stories that reveal themselves through thematic twists and turns with a narrative voice both subversive and sincere.
SAINT MOTEL HEADLINING TOUR DATES:
Thu 11/29 Stockton, CA University of the Pacific: The Lair
Fri 11/30 Sacramento, CA Bows and Arrows
Sun 12/2 Seattle, WA Barboza
Tue 12/4 Vancouver, BC The Media Club
Wed 12/5 Portland, OR Backspace
Fri 12/7 Seaside, CA Cal State Monterey Bay: Black Box Cabaret
Sat 12/8 Fresno, CA Fulton 55
Sat 12/15 Mesa, CA Detroit Bar