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The Steak House Mints | Out of the Sky

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Out of the Sky

by The Steak House Mints

Orch-pop meets alt. country. It sounds the way cooking bacon smells; like a choir of laughing babies. What do you say when God sneezes? It sounds like that. This CD contains stylistic influences from punk, to samba, from psychedelic rock to swing.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue Fly
4:45 album only
2. Out of the Sky
3:04 album only
3. Cat Dance
1:47 album only
4. Flying in My Dreams
4:38 album only
5. If I Were President
2:27 album only
6. Elevator
5:10 album only
7. Cheap Thrill
3:42 album only
8. Beautiful
5:25 album only
9. All Because of You
3:34 album only
10. Run Two
3:58 album only
11. Reprise
1:25 album only


Album Notes
The Steak House Mints are a scratch and sniff band. They enjoy looking out windows and eating unicorn medallions served with a wild plumb reduction on a bed of sauteed spinach. The Mints are comprised of current and former members of Filter, Cabaret Diosa, Kick the Cat, and The Mighty Blue Kings. In the future they hope to drive their flying cars to the super market to pick up a carton of milk. Out of the Sky is their debut CD. Check out whatJim DeRogatis of The Chicago Sun Times had to say about Out of the Sky:

December 14, 2008
BY JIM DeROGATIS Pop Music Critic
Though one might question the wisdom of naming your band after that bowl of stale candy at the counter of an old-fashioned restaurant (best avoided for fear of other patrons who may not be so scrupulous in washing their hands after using the rest room), the Steak House Mints get absolutely everything else right on their recently released D.I.Y. debut album, "Out of the Sky." Their sound is an intricate and beautiful style of orchestral pop influenced by the Zombies, Nick Drake and "Pet Sounds"-era Beach Boys as well as more global avatars such as Os Mutantes and Astrud Gilberto.
Originating as a recording project by singer and songwriter Billy Dave Sherman, the live group has coalesced to include drummer Steve Gillis, keyboardist and sitar player Vijay Tellis, guitarist Scott Tipping and bassist Shawn Sommer, while the album is further fleshed out with elaborate horn and string arrangements that never sound overly fussy or overpower the simple but effective songs. If the band can pull off live what it's accomplished in the studio (its next local gig is Jan. 22 at Martyrs'), it's poised to join the likes of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Canasta at the top of this city's ork-pop heap.

Here is a review from Leicester Bangs:

The Steak House Mints - Out Of The Sky (Independent)
There were a lot of power-pop type bands coming out of Chicago in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s all slowed down over recent years. In fact, The Steak House Mints are the first new band of that particular ilk I’ve heard from the windy city in a while. Not that they’re a straight up Beatles / Byrds / Big Star inspired pop combo, hanging their songs on a hook, and forgetting the finer points of songcraft. They appear to be in possession of illustrious and eclectic record collections and, under the guidance of songwriter and vocalist Billy Dave Sherman, they’ve made the most of them. They mix up those classic pop melodies with a host of other influences, both contemporary and some a little longer in the tooth. So whilst maintaining a consistent overall sound and feel, we’re spoilt with a collection of extremely polished and beautifully arranged pop songs, which bring to mind artists as diverse as Flaming Lips, Colin Bluntstone, ELO, Tom Petty and Cars. If any of the above is of interest, feel free to check out their MySpace page, pronto: www.myspace.com/thesteakhousemints
Rob F.



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It gets better everytime I hear it!
This album gets better every time I hear it. "If I Were President" and "All Because of You" are my personal favorites, but you won't find yourself skipping any songs getting to them, because each song has it's own unique feel.

Fairwinds Dude

Out of the Sky
That's what I do... work the sky. My shuffle has all the cuts of "Out of Sky" on it many times. Get one and you'll agree.

evil son

it is poetry
i keep catching myself pressing the replay button on whichever song is just about to end, and if i don't make it in time it's just fine with me because i'll do it to the next song instead. wow this album is one of the best things i have herd in a long time and it's not looking like i will get sick of it any time soon. thank you steakhouse mints from the bottom of my evil hate filled heart, you may just make me smile and look at the sun.

maggie council dipietra

There's a lot of music in these songs, and lyrics full of life and love and living and attitude. There's nothing cliche about any of it. Stellar musicianship. No two songs sound the same, but there is a thread of cohesion to the entire work. There is a feeling of great care about this album. It hasn't come out of my car CD player since it went in; it's becoming comfortable like my favorite pair of jeans. You just want to hug the whole band and say 'thanks for making music together.'