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Reviewed by Bing Turkby

Show Me Where It Hurts: Self-titled EP

Reviewed by Bing Turkby

Show Me Where It Hurts: Self-titled EP

Show Me Where It Hurts: A duo of Josh Hetherington (once of Thorazine Shuffle) on vocals, keys and guitar, with Ronny Haynes on drums and vocals. The length of this band’s name is inversely proportional to the amount of band members, though they are joined here by some recognisable guests including Hayden Sinclair and Peter Scott on bass, Tom Rodwell on guitars and horns from Finn Scholes and Cameron Allen. The recordings (captured at Roundhead and Auckland Recording Studio) have a great vibe and groove, the duo describing their sound as “swingin’ sass and soul and fingerpoppin’ rock-a-rolla!” The breathy confident vocal delivery and descending chords on When You’re Down, My Dear channel a bit of an early glam Bowie sound, but in a laid-back way. Other songs have more of a late-night soul-pop feel, propelled by swinging drum beats, overlaid with a peaty layer of electric piano. In general the sound across the eight tracks is introspective, although the lyrics mostly seem to be addressing a (lost?) lover. No More, No More bucks the trend near the end of its duration by kicking in with a brass fanfare, a dash of Beatles-esque eclecticism.