Show Me Where It Hurts play big-hearted pop songs, and heavy-hearted torch songs with a light-hearted reverie. They distill 60 years of Maximum R&B through the tight and focused bottleneck only a two-piece can provide, and they glory in the chaos which comes when you tip the bottle over.
There’s a sweetness to these songs of love, loss, hope and heartache - an immersion sometimes in the darkness, at least in the knowledge (to paraphrase Leonard Cohen) that there’ll still be some light to shine through the cracks. 'Show me where it hurts', they sing, 'and I’ll take the pain away in a kiss’.
Show Me Where It Hurts (Josh Hetherington - vocals and Rhodes; Ronny Haynes - drums and vocals) release their debut, eight-track EP in July 2016 (Boxer/Southbound).
Following the release of their earlier Roundhead-recorded, self-titled 7” single, the duo immersed themselves in the completion of a new release, recording with Edmund McWilliams (of Bressa Creeting Cake fame) and mixing with Olly Harmer at The Lab.
Cherrypicking a handful of the tastiest tracks from the sessions (to join the Roundhead crop) ahead of an impending, full-length LP release later in the year, the extended self-titled EP is a sweet, swinging, satisfying piece of work, distilling four-years of songwriting, arranging and performing into a thirty-minute rumination on matters of the heart, compelling in its sounds, its themes and in its tunes, of which there are plenty.
Building on the one-two punch of the drums/Rhodes combination, the duo added harmonies, guitars, percussion and keys to the mix and recruited players such as Salon Kingsadore’s Hayden Sinclair on bass, Tom Rodwell on guitar ('Sheffield’s answer to Lightnin’ Hopkins' according to the NME!), legendary double bassist Peter Scott, Auckland wunderkind Finn Scholes (Carnivorous Plant Society) on trumpet, and the great Cam Allen on baritone sax, to augment masterfully their sound and vision.
Swingin’ sass and soul and fingerpoppin’ rock-a-rolla! With a hands-on-hips line on the groove, Show Me Where It Hurts gonna make you wanna move!
Listen to their music here -