High Five with Reviler: April Smith
April Smith and the Great Picture Show are a female fronted, folky group out of New Jersey. For our local readers, think Lucy Michelle or Caroline Smith. Listen to the bands Daytrotter session HERE.
Reviler: If you were going on a cross country road trip and could bring a long any three people in the world, who would they be and why?
April Smith: My man, my dog, and my friend, Alyssa. Eric is the smartest, most level-headed person I know. And Scout, my dog, is my best friend. We spend every day together when I’m home and I wish I could take her on the road. And my friend Alyssa is the most upbeat, positive person in the world. She thinks of everything and no one can say “No” to this girl.
Reviler: What is one album that you feel has changed your life and how?
AS: The soundtrack to the 1982 movie Annie. I was obsessed with it. I used to re-enact all of the numbers while my mother would wait in line at
the bank or the post office. I didn’t care who was watching and I think that’s what helped me become a performer. Our live shows are
very theatrical and I think it’s because of my love of showtunes.
Reviler: Who are a band that you feel should get more recognition that they do, and why?
AS: The Woes. They’re spectacular and they put on a show that will kick your ass. Every time I see them, I feel like I’ve been watching a
parade New Orleans.
Reviler: What is your favorite live music memory (performing or attending)?
AS: We recently played Hoopfest in Spokane, WA. The people there are wonderful and so appreciative of new music. KEZE has been playing the
album and was the first station to officially add my music. Everyone in the audience was singing along and it seemed like they all new the
words to every song. It was really incredible to know that we had such devoted fans all the way across the country.
Reviler: Finish this sentence: “Minneapolis is a great place to
AS: make it after all…da da da da DA!”
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