Darker Side of Light
Last of the Showmen Adrian Dinu on Vocals & Guitar Alex Diamond on Drums Mario Licciardi on Guitar & Vocals Mike Kaplan on Bass Tape Doesn't Lie Last of the Showmen is not your typical pop band. Sure they may have the camera-ready good looks, the musical chops and the great sounding recordings you would expect from a group with such a serious desire to be a great American rock band. But there is something else there, something deeper, a twist behind each lyrical curve and the numerous surprise hooks in each of their songs that let you know there is much more under the surface. These are things that keep you coming back for more after each listen, intent on catching each and every part of the hook-laden songs as they steamroll past you with a gale force. Last of the Showmen play songs with large melodies that get stuck in your head like gum gets stuck in your hair. But this is no accident. Lead singer Adrian Dinu owns and operates his own audio/production house and knows good songs when they hit him. Herein lies the great strength of Last of the Showmen - they are a band that can stay in Adrian's studio night after long night, making sure they get it right onto the recording reels. As they say in the audio industry, tape doesn't lie. Either you have it or you don't. Of course, that's just part of the movie for Last of the Showmen. More endearing than their passion for the music is the deep friendships they share. Mario, Adrian and Alex go way back together, through various recording and performing projects. But Last of the Showmen represents much more than a reunion, it is an evolution. As musicians, they are all capable of leading their own projects. Mario had done a movie soundtrack, Alex has backed top Chicago acts and Adrian has the soul, talent and charisma requisite of any lead singer. Their strength comes from the combination of that talent and the friendships they fostered before the band ever even started. Bass player Mike has been a fresh and welcome recent addition. The bond they share may have ignited the band, but the songs they have written are the proof that they are reaching so far beyond that. Tape doesn't lie. Listen to the songs. Playing to packed rooms around Chicago, the band has built a following that pushes the parameters of the usual fans, groupies, gropers and bystanders that you will usually see at a local band's showcase. The band goes way beyond the packaging, touching something deeper in the fans that religiously follow them from club to club. Check it out, the band rocks. Though many of the tunes start with Adrian, make no mistake about it - Last of the Showmen is a collaborative project with each of the members bringing his own muscle to the final creation. That collaboration, born from the common goal of making really great music, is the soul of the band. As with any song driven band, the proof is in the material. For all the things that have and will be written about the band, the most important part still remains those memorable songs. They come from all angles and don't let you down. The harmonies are rock solid, the playing is crisp and the focus is clear. If you don't have the songs, you don't have anything. Last of the Showmen has the songs. Tape doesn't lie.
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