Monophonics Announce New Album ‘Sage Motel’ & Share Single

Watch the video for lead single, 'Warpaint."

By Nate Todd Mar 15, 2022 12:52 pm PDT

Monophonics will issue a new album, Sage Motel, due out via Colemine Records on May 13. The Bay Area psychedelic soul outfit also shared the single, “Warpaint.”

Sage Motel marks Monophonics’ fifth studio album. It follows the band led by Kelly Finnigan’s 2020 LP It’s Only Us. On the new record, Monophonics “cordially invites you to attend the grand re-opening of the once thriving, once vibrant establishment, the legendary Sage Motel,” press materials for the record stated. “A place where folks experience the highs and lows of human existence. A place where big dreams and broken hearts live, where people arrive without ever knowing how they got there. It’s where individuals find themselves at a crossroads in life.”

The press release further detailed Sage Motel:

What started as a quaint motor lodge and a common pitstop for travelers and truckers in the 1940s morphed into a bohemian’s hang by the 1960s and 1970s. Artists, musicians, and vagabonds of all types would stop there as seedy ownership pumped obnoxious amounts of money into high end renovations, eventually attracting some of the most prominent acts of the era. But when the money ran out, The Sage Motel devolved into a place where you rent by the hour.

The lead single, “Warpaint” traces “the vices of each resident and confronts the struggles of substance abuse and addiction,” the press release noted. “Their warpaint becomes compulsory to face the day, tolerate the struggle, get through the hardest parts of the world, humanity, life and to fight the good fight. Cloaked in heavy riffs and robust vocals, ‘Warpaint’ gives you the first look through the doors of the Sage Motel.”

“Warpaint” arrived along with a music video directed by Kassy Mahea. Watch it below:

Sage Hotel Tracklist:

  1. Check In
  2. Sage Motel
  3. Let That Sink In
  4. The Shape Of My Teardrops
  5. Broken Boundaries
  6. Love You Better
  7. Never Stop Saying These Words
  8. Warpaint
  9. Crash & Burn
  10. Check Out
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