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The Show drops two singles, plays Rex Saturday

Written by Scott Mervis on .

TheShowA new full-length from The Show won’t arrive until spring of 2017, but the Pittsburgh band known for indulging its Britpop instincts is giving us a sweet taste in a pair of digital singles.


The Show, fronted by co-singer-songwriter-guitarists Johnny Saint-Lethal and Brandon Mitchell, love their Oasis, Stone Roses and Verve, which you can hear in the soaring melodies and jangling to grinding guitars of “Sunglasses” and “I Would.”


“ ‘I Would has been around since the ‘Jigsaw’ days,” Saint-Lethal says, referring to the band’s 2009 debut “Here’s To Your Jigsaw.” “Finally one day it worked for us. ‘Sunglasses’ I wrote during what I call my last adolescent summer, 2013...I think you can stretch your adolescence.”


The singles arrive ahead of two-LPs worth of music the band recorded with John Stoecker of Johnny and the Razorblades. The album “Mantra” is slated for spring 2017, followed by “Threadbare” later that year, but there might be a vinyl EP before then.


“We are re-recording both to tape; we’ve only done the demos so far,” Saint-Lethal says, “which is where these recordings of ‘Sunglasses’ and ‘I Would’ came… John Stoecker mixed them up a little bit, fattened them up, we played down a couple harmonies, and sent them off.”


The songs will be available for streaming Saturday on YouTube and at the band's site will be released to radio (The Show has received international airplay). Proceeds from the streams will be donated to Creative.Life.Support program at Mr. Small’s.


The Show will be at the Rex Saturday with Ethan Frano Band, My Friday Slacks, Big Time Machine and Maytide.

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