Bands containing many members we're talking enough to populate a football team here are still in vogue in the indie-rock world. And while the seven-member collective Gentleman Auction House is only large enough to populate a smallish basketball squad, its orchestral indie-rock is making incredibly loud noise outside of St. Louis. The buzz began at this year's SXSW, when a prominent Texas blogger at www.finelinelive.com caught their set and waxed ecstatic about the band's live sound and their EP, The Rules Were Handed Down
. (Want the bottom line verbatim? "This single performance was, by far, the most captivating, fun, entertaining and brilliant performance of the entire 5 days.") Appearances at Arizona's annual TapeOp Convention and at the Pygmalion Festival in Champaign-Urbana followed. Perhaps most impressive, however, is Gentleman Auction House's fall recording itinerary: The septet will decamp to Silver Sonya Studios, which is adjacent to post-rock/hardcore/punk mecca Inner Ear Studios to record its debut full-length.