Austin, TX occult psych rock band THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY will release its full length debut Bab(a/y)lon Rising on March 12 via Tee Pee Records. Put to tape at East Austin's Cacophony Recorders with award winning producer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, White Denim), the LP showcases eleven tracks of the band's unique "desert glam" and is the full length follow up to the group's self-titled EP which landed at the #1 position in the Austin Chronicle's year-end critic's poll and was called "A black-lit amalgam of glam swagger, leather-jacketed hard rock, and occult psychedelia" by the award winning paper. Today, MXDWN premiers the scintillating title track -- check out THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY's "Bab(a/y)lon Rising" today at THIS location!
THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY plays electrifying rock music that brilliantly connects the dots between dark 60's blues-based garage rock and early '80s post punk resulting in a hypnotically powerful sound the fabulous four-piece calls "Pentecostal Desert Glam". TSJS's full length debut -- the mystically-titled Bab(a/y)lon Rising -- pulses through the speakers like punk rock gypsies on a rampage, perfectly capturing the band's apocalyptic nomad-rock as it drips with dark fuzz and acid drone that will surely find favor with restless sinners everywhere.
"Whereas our EP defined what we like to call 'Desert Glam', 'Bab(a/y)lon Rising' has refined that sound," says TSJS frontman Brandon Burkart. "This record is filled with songs of sex and death, of sleepless nights, serpentine highways and mystic road chants for the eternal wanderer."
Equal parts style and sound, THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY blends sex, rebellion and mysticism with a fascination for western mystic traditions and secret societies, creating modern music that aims to awaken something deep and wonderfully dangerous within the listener. It has been said that "The Saint James Society sounds as good as any band on the planet at full volume," a point to which the band's bustling fan network of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, creeps and thieves would most assuredly agree. When the heavy swagger of vocalist / bassist Burkart and golden guitars of Dahveed Dubois align with the band's heavy-footed rhythms, ticking-time-bomb beat and stunning twin vocal tandem of rebel queens Elza Burkart and Candice Bertalan, the resulting musical statement mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener's heart.
THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY
(Brandon Burkart, Candice Bertalan, Dahveed Dubois and Elza Burkart)
3.) The Serpentine Highway
4.) Blood & Sand
5.) The Book of the Jaguar Priest
6.) Get Cold
7.) Post Tenebras Lux
8.) Ode to the Turquoise Ox
9.) Letters Signed in White
10.) Celestial Symbols Interpreted
11.) House of Snakes
THE SAINT JAMES SOCIETY will debut more new songs from Bab(a/y)lon Rising in the coming weeks. Select songs from the album will also score a four separate chapters of a unique music / art / film crossover by acclaimed director Juan Azulay (The Blue of Noon, Insatiable Vine). More details will be announced soon.
"A black-lit amalgam of glam swagger, leather-jacketed hard rock, and occult psychedelia" - THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
"Austin "Pentecostal desert glam" band The Saint James Society looks freaky and sounds killer - or is it looks killer and sounds freaky?" - BLURT
"Ideal music for black lights and bong hits at midnight." - VEGAS SEVEN
"Rock is not dead." - BOISE WEEKLY