Vespasonic

Showstar

Showstar

The fourth album from Belgium’s Showstar offers up another slice of sophisticated indie pop for a generation that opts to shrug its shoulders at convention.

Despite the maturity of their sound, Showstar still refuse to grow up, sticking up two fingers to the monotony of every day existence (“Work, work, work until you die”) and idealism (“I don’t like happy endings”) and finding an odd sense of comfort in haughty social awkwardness.

Chris Danthinne’s sneering vocals are complemented by honeyed female tones; the eternally cynical geek who has managed to win over the trophy girl with his intellectual pillow talk, against all odds. His caustic messages are driven by a heavy melodic bass and jangly guitars that, on occasion, effervesce into more nervy, occasionally nauseating, ethereal kaleidoscopic riffs peppered with Beach Boys-reminiscent falsetto.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Rory Attwell on a boat in London, it’s a deliciously infectious album for the more discerning thirty-something indie kid.

S H O W S T A R

Chris Danthinne : vocals, guitar
David Diederen : guitars
Antoni Severino : bass guitar, vocals
Didier Dauvrin : drums

Angela Won-Yin Mak (Parlour/Prom) : additional vocals on Smile. No

Release date : 02 march 2015
(Vespasonic / Freaksville Music)

Discography:

Out of my head EP 2002
We are ready LP 2003
Little Bastard EP 2004
Dot LP 2006
Electrochoc EP 2008 Think Ringo LP 2010
Monkey See Monkey Do (single) 2011
Self-titled LP 2015

Silicon Ballet

SILICON BALLET is an utopic side project with all the members of Showstar, a string quartet, keyboards and electronics.

The debut EP, UTOPIA, was released on 12" vinyl and digitally on 1st feb 2012.

SLOWLY SLOWLY EP was released on 16 April 2013.

The Slowly Slowly ep is arresting - the myterious, harsh, angularity of the previous ep, Utopia, has been replaced by a bewildering, overwhelming sense of reflection and resignation making Slowly Slowly not only a true counterpoint to its predessor, but moreover a distillation of the tiredness and apathy currently consuming society. It makes for a thoughtful and captivating listen.