Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


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Website

www.allansmithy.com

Bio

“In this city that never sleeps, the streets will not hide me.” Allan Smithy sings about what he knows; the suburbs, what it’s like being young, poor and trying to live in Sydney. Inspiration comes in many forms. For some they find it in old stories, for others from songs, but for Sydney’s Allan Smithy it’s all about the place.

Hailing from the inner city, Allan Smithy’s sound is self-described as nostalgia-Australiana rock. His songs are like that old fibro house on your street; slightly dated, strangely nostalgic and quintessentially Australian.

Allan Smithy is the solo venture of Matt Amery (previously Tin Sparrow) and the inspiration for the new name came from the cinematic alias ‘Alan Smithee’ that directors would use.

“I liked the idea of using a pseudonym because it’s a totally clean slate, not only for those listening, but also for myself writing.”

From the success of his debut single, ‘The Streets,’ Allan Smithy was named ‘Independent Artist of the Week’ at FBi, and saw plays on triple j, 2SER, 4ZZZ, Rabbit Radio, and many more.

His newest single ‘Four Letter Reason’ is a wash of chorus and delay, with thoroughly specific lyrics that set his music to a time and place. As a crossword and coffee aficionado, Allan Smithy is an avid believer in the aural benefits of listening to home-grown 80’s bands.

He has a sense of pride in Australian music and proudly wears his influences (The Go-betweens, The Triffids and The Church) on his sleeve.

Bathing in a sea of nostalgia, his EP to come, ‘I See A Palm Tree’ is like a stack of old polaroids. It’s a reminder of growing up on suburban Sydney streets and tells the stories of what it’s like to watch everyone around you grow up, search for something more and finally leave.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

19 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

the tone of your voice is just so damn good. reminds me of early josh pyke that i loved so much - beautifully crafted australian stories.

the tone of your voice is just so damn good. reminds me of early josh pyke that i loved so much - beautifully crafted australian stories.

Review

Review by Lachie Macara Lachie Macara

11 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

You've got a way with words / You've got a way that makes me feel so complicated

You've got a way with words / You've got a way that makes me feel so complicated

Review

Review by Bridget Hustwaite Bridget Hustwaite

10 Oct 2016

Triple J
40

Just spun this on TOPS tonight and it sounded soooooo good on the radio waves!!! Excellent track mate.

Just spun this on TOPS tonight and it sounded soooooo good on the radio waves!!! Excellent track mate.