CD Review: The Shows
With their second release, Girl Imploded, The Shows have put out a collection of early versions of songs from their first EP (May’s release of Girl Exploded). These alternate versions were recorded in 2012, before drummer Ron Lewis joined the lineup, and they feature programmed drums and what I suspect is a bass guitar (now absent in the bands new efforts) hidden deep in the mix. Comparing the two EPs together gives the listener a chance to how different methods of sound recording garner different results.
The biggest difference between these two EPs seems to lay more in the sound capturing methods than the arrangements of the songs. Girl Imploded has that direct input sound, more polished and compressed perhaps, but lacking the raw element and energy that you get from their live shows. Girl Exploded sounds more like their live performance sound, more organic, rawer. I’d be surprised if they used direct input any of the instruments for that record. Perhaps the coolest aspect of Girl Imploded are the guitar effects, often more spacey and ambient, more high gain that of Girl Exploded, but it does feel less like the Shows that I’ve come to know and love since the addition of Ron.
The listener will notice how fantastic Ron Lewis is at reproducing the drums that were so carefully programmed for Girl Imploded, adding to and extrapolating, but with careful attention to the songs original needs. This band is doing some really cool things, and worth checking out!