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April Smith and The Great Picture Show

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Brooklyn NY, United States

What do you call a female Brooklyn songwriter with a smarmy, witty lyrical edge, a band that plays as if they’d just stepped out of the Brill Building, and a voice that’s got the squeaky charm of Gwen Stefani’s? Howabout: the next Lily Allen.


“I was the surprise,” says April Smith, the bonus baby her parents won late and whose moxie and dash astounded everyone she met. Today, she remains a welcome bolt: a loose-lipped, cocked-hip gal whose music and mien could buoy the Titanic.

The girl from Toms River, New Jersey, swears she cultivated her magnetic personality in order to impress her much older and “insanely talented” siblings. Watching her brother play with his band, and her sister paint murals on her closet doors, young April wondered, “How do I sneak into their world?”

Actually, “sneak” isn’t quite the word. April crashed her older siblings’ practice sessions, living room talent shows and parties. “I’d put on a show anywhere,” she recalls. At the “big, bad” shindigs her sister threw when their parents were away, our plucky heroine hopped on the dining room table to sing selections from her Cabbage Patch Kids tape. When her siblings held extemporaneous living room talent shows, she begged entry. Absent any raid-able events, she would belt out at the DMV or the supermarket.

As she took her place in the family, April developed a muscular, mellifluous voice and high-flying showmanship. Her mom adored Queen (”If you didn’t know a Brian May solo in the first few notes, you weren’t her child”) and her dad gave her his old 8-track tape player, letting her buy Elvis and Led Zeppelin tapes at yard sales.

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  • gui_x

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bluesoul00

    aaah, so much fun! they're great :) [2] Cool !

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Haalf

    Can't Say No ♥

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kali_ram

    nice!

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rosaneamaral

    Amazing! I love her!

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • zaplinaki

    <3 colors

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rckelly08

    The "Terrible Things" video is the best thing on the internet. Please continue being an adorably morbid musical genius!

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Allaaan

    "a menagerie of the tragedy i caused and all of my flaws..."

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • alinix

    aaah, so much fun! they're great :)

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    just discovered colors in an university ad! so cute! <3

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • CarpetCrawlerDC

    I absolutely love her. I just wish "Live From the Penthouse" and "loveletterbombs" both weren't so freakin' hard to find!! I'm having no luck whatsoever!!

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Jes349sica18

    Amazing girl great band See them live if you have a chance

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rosaneamaral

    when I heard Songs for a Sinking Ship for the first time, I just fell in love. Her voice, her lyrics... Everything so amazing.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Robsled_

    Amazing album!!!!!

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • xrockangelx

    (Her music, I mean. -Not her personally, haha!)

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • xrockangelx

    Just was introduced to her not even an hour ago. Oh myyyyy gooooooshhhhhhhh.... <3

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • YoungFriend

    SO GOOD! I'm upset that for whatever reason Last.fm didn't scrobble a lot of my plays from when i first got the record/was obsessed with it. Re-discovered the album today and re-fell in love! Does she remind anyone else of Nicole Atkins?

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • peeves111

    I wonder that too! People need to hear her!

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • EternitysSun

    How does she not have more listeners!?

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • thats_no_moon

    SO GOOD!!!!

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
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