April Smith and the Great Picture Show
|April Smith and the Great Picture Show|
|Born||April Smith: April 4, 1976|
|Origin||Folk rock, indie pop|
April Smith and the Great Picture Show are an American folk rock/indie pop group from Brooklyn, New York. The group won Best Pop/Rock Song at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for their song "Colors".
In a style that has been described as "spaghetti burlesque" and "melodramatic pop", April Smith and her band combine indie pop, folk rock and swing, citing a wide range of influences, from The Beatles, The Doors and Queen to Edgar Allan Poe and Wes Anderson.
- Live from the Penthouse (2008)
- Songs for a Sinking Ship (2010)
Songs for a Sinking Ship
In 2010, the band released their first studio album, "Songs for a Sinking Ship". This album was funded by fans through the website Kickstarter. "Drop Dead Gorgeous", from the album, was featured on Amazon.com's Top 10 Pop Songs of 2010 List and Top 100 Songs of 2010 List.
A number of April Smith and the Great Picture Show's songs have been used in television promotions and episodes. "Terrible Things" from "Songs for a Sinking Ship" was used in a promo for the third season of the Showtime series Californication. The song was also used during the end credits for an episode of Weeds, as well as promo for the series' sixth season. Music from the same album also appeared on the shows "Introducing: Fresh on the Net" on BBC 6, and "Fearless Music". "Can't Say No" from "Songs for a Sinking Ship" appeared in an episode of the 10th season of American Idol. "Colors" from "Songs for a Sinking Ship" was recently used in a commercial for Lowe's Valspar Paint products and featured in the movie The Perfect Family. "Movie Loves a Screen" from "Songs for a Sinking Ship" appeared in a commercial for Pandora and Nescafe.
"Colors" from "Songs for a Sinking Ship" was used in an episode of NPR's Planet Money podcast, released in early May, about how trends are picked up and used in clothing - specifically the colors chosen for the Planet Money t-shirts offered through their Kickstarter page.
- Reed, James (October 31, 2010). "Singer-songwriter April Smith puts her quirks to work". Boston.com.