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St. Paul & The Broken Bones will bring soul and rock to Gettysburg

From two, to six and finally, to eight.

The soul and rock octet, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, is coming to Gettysburg to perform at the Majestic Theater.

"I'm excited," lead vocalist Paul Janeway said. "This is my first time there."

St. Paul and The Broken Bones formed in Birmingham, Alabama, and with their first album, "Half the City" already out, they're getting ready to release their second, "Sea of Noise" in September.

The audience at the Majestic Theater will get to hear some of the new album's songs before it becomes available, Janeway said.

Opening act the Banditos will fill the theater with the sounds of alternative country twang and garage rock before Janeway and Co. take the stage for the main performance.

So what's behind the band name St. Paul and The Broken Bones?

In the first song the band wrote, there was a line that said, "broken bones and pocket change was all she left me with." They took the broken bones part from the phrase to insinuate "she left me with this band and no money," Janeway said. St. Paul comes from Janeway's name.

He and bass player Jesse Phillips have been friends for the longest time. The two dabbled in music many years ago but wanted more. That's when Phillips grabbed various people he knew, breathing life into St. Paul and The Broken Bones.

"I don't think any of us imagined it to get to this point," Janeway said of the band's success. "Our main goal was to sell out a local club in Birmingham. It's remarkable I get to make a living doing something that I really love doing. That part of it's pretty amazing."

The band's first album was a combination of soul and rock, Janeway said, yet the second album is "totally different."

Fans who attend the performance at the Majestic Theater on July 20 can expect an emotional roller coaster.

"There's going to probably be a lot of sweat; that's the best way I can describe it," Janeway said with a laugh. "And honestly, there's danceable stuff, and we kinda take a mountain and valley kinda set. We take you up real high and then do the heartbreak set. It's a range of emotions."

This type of performance is something Janeway prefers to do, he said.

"It's a give-and-take situation. It creates an atmosphere."

If you go

What: St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Where: Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg

When: 7:30 p.m. July 20

Tickets: $39, $35, $31

Contact: 717-337-8200