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If you’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 band’s first time in Milwaukee, so "What should we do?" He noted that he had visited the Milwaukee Public Museum earlier in the day – he declared it "awesome."
Around the third song in, Saint Motel pulled out "Benny Goodman," clearly a crowd favorite.
It’s tough to predict this sleek-sounding band’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 there’s something about them that seems fleeting. That said, they have two major assets that could certainly work in their favor: Jackson’s clear, clean, big vocals (that bring to mind ‘80s Simple Minds and ‘90s Franz Ferdinand lead singers) and some killer riffs from the sax and trombone. ("That’s hot," as Paris Hilton, who DJ’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 band’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...