Show of Cards

Show of Cards


Show of Cards takes the thoughtful sensitivity of the singer-songwriter and crafts a uniquely layered and intricately textured instrumental soundscape as a vehicle.


Show of Cards is a band that took the long route to its formation in Western Massachusetts. Ancestrally from Goa, India, Karen was born in Kenya and Joe and Mike in New Hampshire. The three siblings converged in Amherst MA where they attended and worked in area schools while engaged in different musical pursuits: Joe as bassist for the hip-hop band Cold Duck Complex, Karen as part of a folk-rock duo, Chattering Magpies, and Mike in various jazz and reggae ensembles. Show of Cards thus foregrounds the sensibility of the singer-songwriter against band-driven improvisational musicianship--an inevitable hybrid given the intergenerational and genre mix around the family dinner table. Their music will appeal as readily to 30 and 40-somethings raised on Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell--they will enjoy the group's fresh take on Walter Egan's "Magnet and Steel"--as to millenials at home with Coldplay, Feist, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Outkast. Currently located in Amherst MA and Brooklyn NY, the band has completed their debut album, "Leap Year," and are preparing to release it through startup label M.I.T.E! in September 2009.


The first 3 singles, "Can't Run," "Angel Island" and "Mirror" are available now through iTunes,, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic.

Our debut album, "Leap Year" is slated for release in September 2009.

Set List

Flexible set list. We typically perform one set about one hour long, but we can comfortably play anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes, one or two sets. We perform original material but often incorporate one cover.