- Artist – The Shop Window
Carl Mann – Vocals/Guitars
Simon ‘Syd’ Oxlee – Vocals/Keyboards
Martin Corder – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Phil Elphee – Drums
- Release – Out Of Reach / Evacuate
Out Of Reach
- Label – Spinout Nuggets
- Cat No. – SN031
- Release date – 29th of January 2021
The Shop Window are a four-strong IndiePop/Jangly guitar band, fronted by partners in musical crime; Carl Mann and Simon ‘Syd’ Oxlee. Their journey began over two decades ago when they landed their first record deal in the mid-late 90s in previous project Westpier, label mates with Sleeper on Indolent Records (BMG). Once Westpier folded, Carl ended up depping on guitar for Sleeper for one of their tours. Around the same time, Carl also ended up playing guitar (dep) for Kylie Minogue, for TV performances, gigs and a tour of Australia, and even co-wrote a track that ended up on a Kylie B-Side in 2000. In 2019, Carl would dep for Sleeper again, when their full-time dep guitarist wasn’t available.
Following a long span of time spent at opposite sides of the world, Carl found himself back in the UK with music in mind. With old friends Martin Corder and Phil Elphee, a recording session brought six strong songs to fruition. Carl invited his old friend Syd along to sing some harmonies, at which point they realised they’re a bit like strawberries and ice cream – good on their own, but much better together! The Shop Window was born! Four singles digitally released later, all receiving rave reviews, it was time to put something on two continuous grooves of vinyl.
‘Out Of Reach’ provides three minutes of Jangley/IndiePop happiness; enough to get the feet tapping, and the hips moving. Flip it over, and ’Evacuate’ continues the feeling on, this track already receiving a
digital release back in August of this year, with airplay from Gary Crowley, along with an addition to his Spotify playlist, with much attention all round, with much demand for a physical release, so here it is! Oh, there’s a full album on its way early next year too!
The thirty-first release on the Spinout Nuggets label, this release will be available via www.spinoutproductions.com/shop/, the band and all good musical outlets.
“Carl Mann is a super talented guitarist and songwriter, a man with a giant heart …” – (Louise, Andy & Jon – Sleeper)
“If music was a high street, The Shop Window would be that store of curiosities, a focal point for nostalgic pangs and dusted down memories that brings character to the ever changing facades. Push open the door and have a browse, you won’t regret it…”
(Stephen Barnes – Thousand Yard Stare)