This week, we stumble through the OurStage catalog and find a couple of audio gems by April Smith and the Great Picture Show. We did a little Q&A with April back in 2010 when she was on the road with Langhorne Slim. Now, having rediscovered her catchy and unique songs, we’re gonna go ahead and call her our Artist of the Week.
Check out her track “Terrible Things,” from her LP Songs for a Sinking Ship. It’s a driving cabaret number, with some punk passion, delivered with Smith’s strong and authentic voice. And we’re not alone in being compelled by the song – Dancing With The Stars staged an incredible and somehow appropriate choreographed number featuring the song earlier this year.
One of the great things about discovering music on OurStage is that artists often post demo versions of their songs, as a way to easily deliver it to their fan base and occasionally just to gauge reaction. On April’s page, it’s quite a trip to hear the demo of her “Colors” up against the finished version (from the same LP as “Terrible Things,” both complete with kazoo solos. The stripped-down version is a testament to the power and charm of her voice.
We look forward to hearing what might come next from April and her band.