Showroom

Showroom

BandAlternativePop

Showroom’s music is the next step in rock's retrospective progression, mixing the alt-pop sounds of the early eighties with the emotional pop-punk of today. Comparisons have been made to The Smiths, U2 and Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

Biography

Showroom is a band. A good band. While Toronto is a city, Showroom is a band within that city, and has received praise from “music critics” who themselves are human beings with feelings. Their first EP, Still Escalator, was described by Soul Shine Magazine as a “shimmering joyride” with a string of tunes that “raises the bar for what it means to be an indie band in Toronto circa 2004.” Exclaim! called it a “surprisingly accomplished debut.” Now Showroom has released a fulllength album that will make you want to dance, smile, reflect, run, walk, roll over, heal, and eat dinner. Entitled The World Is Too Much With Us, this album is projected to sell over 1,000,000,000,000 copies. Outrageous? No. Just call it “true.”

Showroom’s members have jaw-dropping biographies. Vocalist Ben Hutchinson, bassist Tristan Samuk, and guitarist Rory Lindsay met in high school. And as if this weren’t enough, drummer Tyler Dokis met Rory at the University of Toronto. After playing a series of impromptu gigs in neighbouring countries, Showroom recorded their first demo disc with producer Eric Lightfoot of Madrid (Aporia/Universal). Soon Showroom began playing explosive, fun-filled, and frantic performances with Toronto buzz band The Golden Dogs (True North/Universal). Now Magazine couldn’t get enough of one concert: “Openers Showroom made it a double victory... Any band that can get the groove and feel of the Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer down cold is doing something right.” Feeling the need to record more songs, Showroom approached then-Golden Dogs guitarist and resident recording engineer Michael Chambers, and within 25 minutes had completed their first EP Still Escalator.

Showroom have sold hundreds of CDs to the US, Canada, and Europe. Most record labels have simply thrown up their arms and said: “This band is too famous.” Not surprising. They headlined a NXNE showcase in 2004 and received a 90% grade from Chart Magazine. Moreover, the editors at Download.com ran a feature on Showroom called “This Band Should Be Huge” and selected the band as one of the best of 2004. Even America’s National Public Radio featured the band on their online program All Songs Considered. Now fans from as far away as Beijing are slamming Showroom’s inbox with glorious emails. And who could blame them? Showroom’s music is just that neat.

The stage is now set for a Showroom-based economy in Canada. And you, the reader, may be one of the first to listen to The World Is Too Much With Us. Will you be the last? Of course not. Just keep listening. And waiting. And hope that you will experience this album enough times to survive a summer, a fall, a winter, a spring, another summer, and beyond.

Lyrics

Fighting Words

Written By: Showroom

You sir, you sir are a wicked man
You broke the law and right withstand
You will I defy
Craven, craven wretch you've got to pay
The debt you must repay today
And blood's the currency

You say you live by the sword
Pause yet, for swords can be broken
You say you live by the sword
Pause yet, or you will be broken

Mad dog, rabid, go on paw the ground
You snarl fierce but no one's around
It's just you and I
I said heel bitch, listen to my lullaby
Sleep is come into your eye
As my blade sings goodbye

You say you live by the sword
Pause yet, for swords can be broken
You say you live by the sword
Pause yet, or you will be broken

And upon you may a plague fall

You say you live by the sword
You will fall. Yes, you will fall
Pause yet, for swords can be broken
You will fall. Yes, you will fall
You say you live by the sword
You will fall. Yes, you will fall
Pause yet, or you will be broken

The Residence of Ben

Written By: Showroom

You've reached the residence of one named Ben
I thank you for calling, but I'm presently not in
And it's such a shame
I would have loved to chat with you
We could have passed the day right through

But today I've gone away
To a better place, my feet just itched to stray
I had to flee my cagey blue-walled room
For the radiator was leaking gloom
And it's far too cold, but I'll call you soon

Won't you leave a message at the tone?
Please tell me your story, just speak it through the phone
I'd really like to know
Give your name and number, too
I'll return your call, will do

But today I've gone away
To a better place, my feet just itched to stray
I had to flee my cagey blue-walled room
For the radiator was leaking gloom
And it's far too cold, but I'll call you soon

Laying on my bed I pondered loudly
While the neon drone of the city oppressed my ear
Looking out on the concrete vegetation
Oh, why did I move down here?

You've reached the residence of one named Ben
Why haven't you called me? I've been checking quite often
But no one has rung
I really need to chat with you
I'm so bored, if you only knew
Don't forget me I'll be back home soon
I had to get away, get away
From this town and the humming streets
I could no longer sleep
My midget cell made me want to yell
So I fled, went away, to where the voices don't dwell
I gotta be where I am not lonely
So if you'd be so kind as to come get me
I'll be waiting at the station at noon

Lonely Crowd

Written By: Showroom

Turn your face. Avert your eyes
'Cause they are watchin'
Strangers bent to terrorize
You'd best keep walkin'

Lonely crowd, not so loud
No one's home, mind your own
There's no us, and there's no we
There's just you, and there's just me
Step in time, boy
Wake up, last man wins

Block them out 'cause they're not there
It'll soon be over
Vacant looks of calm despair
All will soon be over

Lonely crowd, not so loud
No one's home, mind your own
There's no us, and there's no we
There's just you, and there's just me
Step in time, boy
Wake up, last man wins

Off of the street
Where life is discrete
Safe in your room
Where none may bother
World's going mad
It's really getting bad
Keep to yourself
And you'll never be sad

Wake-up, fake-up, tight-lip, day is done. And in the morning
Wake-up, fake-up, tight-lip, day is done. Every morning

No, I don't want that
No, I don't want that
No, I don't want that
No one wants that

Discography

The World Is Too Much With Us (2005)
Still Escalator EP (2004)

Set List

Showroom typically plays a 40-45 minute set of original music from our two CDs, plus one cover.

Fighting Words
The Noble Life
Clarity
The Residence of Ben
Get Off the Stage
Samaritans Never Prosper
Pakistan and England
Paradise Misplaced
It All Makes Sense Until You Come
Lonely Crowd

Sets often include one of the following covers: This Charming Man (The Smiths), Psycho Killer (Talking Heads), Roxanne (The Police)