St. Paul & the Broken Bones, a soul-infused brassy rock band, is among the top rising groups on the road today. After their first successful album Half the City came out in 2014, and after an extensive world tour, they went back into the studio to make their newest record Sea of Noise, which debuted in 2016. Crowned by many as one of the best and energetic live acts to be touring today, their Thursday, Sept. 28 show in Jacksonville—headlined by Hall & Oates, is not to be missed. Jesse Phillips, co-founder, gitarist and bass player, took some time out from traveling to sit down and talk with us before their only Florida show.
You're on tour at the moment; how's the road?
The tour is going great … It's been a really busy summer, it's been good, though, we've been all up and down [the] East Coast and West Coast, we spent some time in Europe, and we are going to start this little run with Hall & Oates and that’ll be a lot of fun to cap it all off.
Has touring changed since the inception of the band?
Well [pause], it’s gotten a lot more comfortable. [Laughs.]
Instead of a 15-person passenger van, a tour bus really is a game-changer. It sort of gives you your day back on tour. When you're in a van, you wake up every day and get in … drive for five or six sometimes seven hours to wherever you're going, with … eight or nine other people. I mean, our band is big, you add a couple of crew members in there and it’s just a bunch of people. So now you just play the gig, you get on the bus and you go to sleep and you wake up in the next town on the next day. It's a beautiful thing, you can get out, go get coffee or go for a run or find a park, it's a really nice change.
You did about 200 shows in 2014; fewer in ’16 and ’17. Has touring taken a toll on you?
Yeah, I mean, there's the sort of predictable stuff, like some of the guys are married and … More