Meet Me In St Louis
According to a popular film and television website, "Meet Me In St. Louis is delightful, classic, nostalgic, poignant, and romanticized". Some of these words may ring true for the band, but in the most part this is a very different beast. Completely incomparable and definitely something to behold.
Taking their name from the popular 1940's Judy Garland film, the band formed in June 2005 setting up base in Guildford, each member delighted to finally have a chance to enjoy the novelty of writing with a team of equally talented musicians, all set on creating something slightly out of the norm. Blending schizophrenic time-changes, blast beats, huge guitar riffs and catchy vocal hooks sounds like a recipe for disaster but that wasn't to be the case, with the band quickly rising to the forefront of the UK underground scene and causing jaws to hit the ground right the way across the country with their blistering live assault.
In front a crowd is where this band really come into their own. Having perfectly honed their style after playing every toilet venue up and down the UK, as well as a fortnight-long trip around Eastern Europe, it's about more than the music. Limbs flailing and spilling into the crowd, it's a live performance you and your painfully ringing ears won�t forget in a long time, and as good a reason as any to why so many people are tipping this band for greatness.
Their debut EP, the tongue-twisting 'And with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark; the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back' (released via local label Function Records in summer 2006) was as well received as it was overly titled. Plaudits in hand Meet Me In St. Louis set about writing their first full-length record. A chance email was sent and new fan and friend-to-be, Alex Newport (the genius producer behind records from At The Drive-In, The Locust, The Mars Volta, Sepultura and many, many more), flew over to engineer the release in January 2007 at the renowned Miloko Studios in London. A tiring two weeks (diarised on the Drowned In Sound website) filled with highs and lows, sound tweaking and illness followed, with the band eventually coming away with what will soon be regarded as one of the debut albums of the year. A truly astonishing record from a band on the verge of following their namesake into genre-defining history.
'Variations On Swing' is released via Big Scary Monsters Records on 24th September, proceeded by the single 'All We Need Is A Little Bit Of Energon And A Lot Of Luck' on 17th September. The band head out on tour with Hell Is For Heroes in October, as well as hundreds more dates right across the UK.
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The end of Shoes And Socks Off 3rd October 2012 Last Monday, 24th September 2012, 5 years to the day from the release of Meet Me In St Louis' debut (and unfortunately, only) album, Shoes And Socks Off called it a day in front of a packed Old Blue Last in London! Click here to watch a video of the final song, including a very nice ending.
New SASO album 2nd April 2012 Shoes And Socks Off unveils new album, 'Miles Of Mad Water', debuts the first track from it and announces a run of UK dates supporting old BSM friend, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.
Shoes And Books Off 29th July 2011 We're proud to present our first ever book release! 'Dot Dot Dot And Other Works' by Shoes And Socks Off features the lyrics to all SASO and Meet Me In St Louis songs, including the original scribbled notes and corrections in some cases, and comes with a set of 10 new, free MP3 demo downloads...