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New To You - The Show


The second of our featured artists discovered via Reverbnation are Pittsburgh quartet The Show, who've been plying their trade for the better part of the last seven years and released their debut album Here’s To Your Jigsaw in 2009.

Fronted by the fantastically named Johnny Saint-Lethal the band are back in the studio working on new material having been forced to take a break in 2012/13 due to serious issues with Saint-Lethal's vocal chords (at one time his prognosis was as low as a 10% chance of recovery).

Having in the past supported. amongst others, School Of Seven Bells it's immediately clear to see why acts of that calibre and in that vein have found them taking to the stage on the earlier part of their live bills - The Show deploy a melodic and expansive brand of rock that, whilst not maybe quite of the sort you could describe as anthemic, pushes emotional buttons and easily bridges the intimacy gap between them and their audience.

Tracks such as 'Lie After Lie' share similar territory to that of the slower output of the likes of The Verve, albeit of a more mainstream bent whilst the likes of 'Black And Blue' show off their more raucous capabilities for the most part.

Coming smack up to date the band have recently self-released their latest EP, entitled …until you know what it it’s like to stand where there is no ground and have begun working on songs for their next full-length effort.

They've a few shows in the US at the end of the summer too so check them out if you get the chance:-

August 9- Rock United Festival, South Park, PA
August 16- Woodstock 45th Reunion Festival, Bethel, NY
August 23- Riverjam, Lauxmont Farms, PA

…until you know what it it’s like to stand where there is no ground is available from iTunes.


Underexposed: Gastric Band - Party Feel

Two plays on words for the price of one - what more could you ask for? Described as purveyors of "spazz jazz" in their promotional material the five-piece from Edinburgh maintain the word-related fun with tune titles that include 'Dustin Binman' and 'Brad Shitt'. This could go either of two ways.Wordplay aside Gastric Band have a lot to offer going by the strength of the five tracks on this their debut release, particularly for fans of free jazz and other such freakoutery.

Kicking off with 'It's Good But It's Not Right' you soon need to give up trying to spot influences as the tightly played work begins to make itself felt. The aforementioned 'Dustin Binman' follows next and introduces a bit of prog pacing to proceedings before dropping into electronica around the halfway point. Closer 'Under A Glass Table' is though the highlight of the whole piece, ever progressing as it does to an Aphex Twin-like buzzing conclusion.

Bruce Wallace (guitar, synth & loops) divides his time between Gastric Band  and Super Adventure Club so that probably explains in part why the band have taken a couple of years to get this mini-album made and released but it would come as no surprise to discover that his compadres also moonlight in other outfits, such is the versatility they bring to the table. Getting to second base on their next effort would appear to be a cinch.

Party Feel is released on June 03 and will be available from amazon (here) and iTunes (here).


Underexposed: Haiku Salut - Tricolore

Haiku Salut may not be the name on everyone’s lips but one thing is for sure, if this album somehow manages to get your time of day, it’s not likely something you will forget in a hurry. Rather than try to pin a style of six or seven hyphenated genre abbreviations to the Derbyshire trio, we will do our best to break down the intricacies of what their instrumental debut album Tricolore is all about - not particularly easy to do with something that is to an extent musically pretty unique to the UK in general.


Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014

January 2014 seems at the current time to be rather far in the future but, in the spirit of the the six Ps, applications are now open for performers to apply for slots at the Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014 networking event which takes place 15 to 18 January in Groningen. Previous beneficiaries of the exposure the event affords include Anna Calvi, Crystal Fighters, James Blake, James Vincent McMorrow, White Lies and The XX.Eurosonic Noorderslag has been on the go for nearly 30 years so that's a fair old track record. Submissions are welcomed up till the end of August 2013 and there are two methods by which you and your band can apply.


Glasser - Ring

Ring, the debut album from Glasser, is aptly and deliberately titled. Apparently based on a fascination this 'one woman orchestra', also known as Cameron Mesirow, developed while reading Homer's Odyssey, it eschews conventional ideas of the structure of an album. In the Odyssey, as in much classical literature, ideas and themes progress non-chronologically towards a central concept. Having accidentally listened to the entire album on shuffle, an occurrence that usually does not go unnoticed for so long, I can testify to the idea that a sense of journey or progression, as we usually experience and perhaps even expect on albums, is absent. It's slightly disorientating, and makes it initially difficult to pick out distinguishing features of the individual songs.

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