From the opening chords of “The Residence of Ben,” Toronto’s Showroom raises the bar for what it means to be an indie band in Toronto circa 2004. –SoulShine.com
If you were within just the right radius of Toronto’s indie music scene in 2004, and you happened to stumble upon a band plying rollicking forkfuls of indie guitar flippity flop and impressive Morrissey-straying-towards-Siouxie Sioux vox, chances are you were listening to Showroom.
Steeped in ’80s jangle pop and, well, college rock, Showroom exhibits a healthy obsession with the Smiths and Jeff Buckley, and the group’s near-perfect pop fits nicely between the sensitive musings of Death Cab for Cutie and the melodic roar of Thursday. –Download.com
Showroom played gigs and showcases, sent play copies and stickers to campus radio, shipped CDs to fans from South America to Beijing. In short, all the things an ambitious indie band did back in 2004. Critics called the band “criminally-unappreciated” – who were we to disagree?
The band released two records, both artfully produced by then-Golden Dogs guitarist Michael Chambers (aka moon:and:6). The onesheet for The World Is Too Much With Us boasted a projection to sell over 1,000,000,000,000 copies. We’re not sure everyone got the joke, but we thought it was pretty hilarious.
The World Is Too Much With Us is full of such delightful pop gems, and Showroom prove they have the skills to forge a long career. –PopMatters
As it turns out, Showroom broke up shortly after the release of TWITMWU; they did not, in fact, sell over 1,000,000,000,000 copies. But they, along with every other indie band that ever sweated and toiled and strived to make music, did inspire over 1,000,000,000,000 moments of delight.
March 18, 2014 will mark ten years since the release of the band’s debut EP Still Escalator. We’re ten years older, and maybe a bit wiser (maybe not). But we haven’t lost our passion for making and sharing indie music.
In celebration of Showroom’s 10th anniversary – and to celebrate every indie artist who ever had the audacity to make music – we’re re-releasing both of Showroom’s records for free, with Showroom’s blessings.
Download them for free here:
Le roi est mort; vive le roi !