Celebrated duo Shovels & Rope have released the spirited new video for their song “The Show”, off their critically acclaimed new album Manticore.
The new clip features the duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent playing the role of both the performers and the audience in an intimate theatre setting. The clip begins with Hearst and Trent deep in thought in their dressing room pre-show before heading to the stage. What follows is unlike anything seen from Shovels & Rope as the couple breaks into a beautifully choreographed dance routine, to both the dismay and eventual approval of a judgmental audience. The video is thoughtful and absolutely joyful.
Hearst and Trent offer some insight, “You wanna take a ride inside our mind and watch something meta-tastic and microminutatic? Wanna see what’s lurking in the gray matter? How are these synapses firing? Who is allowing for this? We don’t know the answers. We are just two piles of molecules that are firing off millions of electric sparks at a time all day long without hardly trying and for seemingly no reason at all except that we are all part of the web of wonder that exists just because. Knowing this, maybe we critique our free selves too harshly. From now on we want to be like the dancers, not the watchers.”
Released in February, Manticore is Shovels & Rope’s most personal, intimate and revealing album yet. The 10-song offering received high praise from the press, including The Associated Press, Rolling Stone Country, Relix, No Depression, Atwood Magazine, Magnet, American Songwriter, Glide, The Boot and much more (See Highlights). Shovels & Rope was also featured in a segment on NPR’s Here & Now.
“…this is what stands out about ‘Manticore’ more than anything: Shovels & Rope are becoming masters at emoting over simple narratives that make their words sound even more profound…it’s just as intense musically and it is emotionally.” – Relix
“The Americana power couple of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst imagine divorce and dissect fame on their most personal record yet” – Rolling Stone Country
“A vulnerable and visceral exploration of the human experience…’Manticore’ is a sweeping, dramatic, poignantly beautiful musical portrait of real life: The kind that’s messy and the kind that hurts…both intimate and epic” – Atwood Magazine
SHOVELS & ROPE FIRST LEG 2022 US TOUR DATES
April 5 – Albany, NY – The Egg
April 6 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 8 – South Orange, NJ – South Orange Performing Arts Center
April 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn, Bowl
April 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
April 13 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
April 15 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
April 16 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
April 22 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
April 23 – Charleston, SC – High Water Festival
April 24 – Charleston, SC – High Water Festival
April 30 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Thompson’s Point
More dates to come!