09-17-2005, 05:14 PM
Why this band doesn't have more of a following is beyond me. You may be aware of Cory McAbee's (lead songwriter of The Billy Nayer Show) wonderfully quirky space anti-epic The American Astronaut which is finally out on DVD this year after spending 4 years on the festival circuit. (Personally, my favorite movie that I've seen this year.) Part of what made it such a great movie was the soundtrack by, no less than, The Billy Nayer Show, with Cory and Bobbie Lurie (the producer of The American Astronaut) and a slew of members that go in and out of the group. It was remarked to me that the band could easily be Nick Cave's back-up band if they wanted to, but the real charm is the quirky, bitter, tranquil and poinent songwriting that strings together hate, fear, love, lust, and rabbits into this sort of adult but childlike dementia that is completely unique in content and delivery. Really awesome stuff. They've put out 3 short films and the one full length I've mentioned. All are wonderful and worth your time. These guys are getting so little credit for what they deserve that it appalls me. So, check out their site The Billy Nayer Show (http://www.billynayer.com/) , deffinately see the movie, and catch them live (http://www.myspace.com/thebillynayershow ) (this link also has some preview tracks. Knitting Favorites is a good intro) if you can. Live, it's a three piece: Bass, Drums and Distortion Driven Autoharp. Not to be missed. McAbee is a showman indeed.