Smoke and Mirrors
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Smoke and Mirrors

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The best kept secret in music


"New band creates a local buzz without even saying a word"

Smoke & Mirrors won't talk to the media.

At first, this idea seems inexplicable considering this local alt-rock band isn't full of celebrities (a media silence is the dictum of anyone more famous than the president) and has played only a few more concerts this year than the reclusive Axl Rose.

And when you match the muted motif with music that sounds like something a record store lifer would wet his or her pants over, S&M's gambit stinks of pretension and snobbery.

But it's also kind of fun. So fun that without saying a word, Smoke & Mirrors has become the coolest band in Sioux Falls.

Granted, that title changes every five months (such is the nature of "cool"), but after hearing S&M run through a set at Mad Rock Pub last weekend, it's easy to get the feeling this band could have some staying power.

Tonight, S&M opens its mouth with a 9 p.m. show at Nutty's. Friday at 8 p.m., S&M travels to the Phoenix Lounge in Harrisburg.

Though it's lips are stitched together when it comes to the press, S&M does have vocals - mostly sung by Matt Buol, whose style wavers somewhere between Jerry Cantrell and a depressed Matthew Sweet. And, Buol isn't afraid to speak from the stage.

Songs about fear

Between songs that I don't the names of - again, no interview - Buol said, "This song is about fear," and then went on to say how it's a powerful emotion that may be running our government.

Yeah, they're serious chaps who rarely joke or smile from stage - though, they do love to plug their merch table. At least the music sounds good.

According to Jayson Weihs, a local promoter who is serving as the band's media liaison, S&M recorded a 17-track demo before it ever scheduled a gig.

Four of these demo tracks can be heard on the band's MySpace page - including "Over the Mountain," with its alarmingly catchy chorus and a two-person drum solo that borders on tribal during the live show.

Other songs start out with barks or distorted riffs only to morph into controlled doses of melancholy punctuated by a well-placed keyboard work.

And there's the raucous story-song "Richard Rocker" which tells the tale of a long-haired music head who becomes a tool of the FBI - let's hope it's inspired by true events.

Overall, S&M is interesting - especially since the members switch instruments between sets. But I'm wondering if the music is intriguing because of the self-imposed silent treatment, or if the self-imposed silent treatment is interesting because the music is tasty?

I guess we'll find out when S&M finally talks. - Argus Leader


13 song LP currently being pressed


Feeling a bit camera shy


Smoke and Mirrors is a band made up of five good ole boys from the plains of Dakota. Having played with one another in various bands for the past decade, they found instant chemistry when they came together as Smoke and Mirrors in the spring of 2005.

With a love of all styles of music from the last 70 years, their influences are quite eclectic and diverse. Playing their own brand of Rock and Roll, Smoke and Mirrors offer a taste of the future rooted in the tradition of Rock.

Brought up right with a strong work ethic, Smoke and Mirrors have already written over 20 songs with another dozen in the oven. In the early months of 2006, the band recorded and produced their own debut full-length album which is to be released in early September. They have already begun working on the follow-up record, planned for a winter release.

If you put your ear to the ground, you can hear the sound of a rock n’ roll revolution coming. Smoke and Mirrors will prove to be an integral part in that movement. With the ability to play a wide variety of instruments, the sky is the limit and the future is bright for these five up and comers from the Midwest.