The Shop Window are a four-strong Indie Pop / Jangly guitar band from Maidstone, Kent, fronted by partners in crime Carl Mann and Simon ‘Syd’ Oxlee. Completing the line up in the formidable rhythm section are Martin Corder (Bass) and Phil Elphee (Drums).
Carl and Syd’s journey began over two decades ago when they landed their first record deal in the mid-late 90s in previous project Westpier, label mates with Sleeper on Indolent Records (BMG). Once Westpier folded, Carl ended up depping on guitar for Sleeper for one of their tours. Around the same time, Carl also ended up playing guitar (dep) for Kylie Minogue, for TV performances, gigs and a tour of Australia, and even co-wrote a track that ended up on a Kylie B-Side in 2000.
Post-Covid, live shows have included Paul Reeves on additional guitar, and going forward will now feature as a full time member.
The Shop Window released several acclaimed singles during 2020/2021. Those singles were followed up with the critically acclaimed debut album The State of Being Human in June 2021. So well was the album received by the indie music fraternity, that it featured in many end of year ‘Best Album of 2021’ lists.
‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and ‘Low’ are both taken from the same forthcoming second album, and both also feature guest backing vocals from Beth Arzy (label mate from Jetstream Pony and The Luxembourg Signal).