I never believed I would hear another voice like Otis Redding’s until the day I heard St Paul and the Broken Bones.
Switching on Later with Jools Holland in October 2016, I caught the end of the Temptations singing one of their all time classics and decided to leave the program on for a while. Eventually, St Paul and the Broken Bones would start to play their original number ‘Burning Rome’ and I would be left in complete awe.
Frontman and vocalist Paul Janeway (apparently) looks like a bigger built version of Drew Carey, but you quickly forget what his may look like as soon as his mouth opens. Once his vocal cords begin to vibrate you are instantaneously transported into the depths of your internal soul. Born into a strict religious household on a diet of gospel, it’s not difficult to hear where Paul Janeway got his vocal training from. The man oozes 1960’s soul like a toothpaste tube stuffed full of The Big O’s own blood.
Backed by a 6 piece band, the recipe results in such an authentic sound that even with their own modern twist, it’s impossible not to get swept away to 1962. With the classic sound of the brass instruments, and the power of Paul Janeway’s voice, you’d be forgiven for thinking God herself was responsible for forming St Paul and the Broken Bones. Fate certainly seemed to play a part.
“It’s really difficult for me not to sing every time like it’s the last time I’m going to be on the planet,” Janeway said in a recent interview with npr.com.
As a singer myself, I have no idea how he hits those notes time and time again without his head exploding from the blood cells filling his upper back and neck.
If you like your music full of authentic Soul or if you just love good honest and powerful music, you need to check out St Paul and the Broken Bones. They’re coming to tour the UK in January 2017.