Artist info

Genre

Roots, Rock


Sounds like

wilco, Gomez, bill callahan


band members

Damon Smith-Vocals/Guitars/Piano David Cosma-Bass/Backing Vocals Adam Coad-Drums Dan Lethbridge-Guitars/Harp


Influences

wilco, Kris Kristofferson, Frank Zappa


Bio

Damon invites you to pull up a seat next to him at the bar. There’s a sense of intimacy, a hint of sass, and more than a hint of the real man behind his songs. Smith is an independent artist in the literal. He’s the man in the drivers seat, from composition to production. With a desire for moving his legs awkwardly while spitting out his tales of ordinary life, Damon will play strum, pick and scream his way through his live set until someone is admitted to hospital with a broken heart. Some Recent Press: “The crowd holler through the five part a cappella harmonies in Call Up Dad (but don’t call anyone who cares…) while Smith’s solo, Oh God, performed edgily (if somewhat nervously) at the piano , brings the room to ovation.” FasterLouder. "This Thing In My Chest, chugs along in a way that would have M. Ward tapping his toes. If you’re ready to hear heartfelt songs from a dedicated songsmith in top form, get this album." Unpaved.com.au "Apart from succinct, honest lyrics, Damon's music is gifted with a sense of grandeur and prophecy, as if life may be some lawless western outpost and Smith has wandered in from the desert to save us through song." thisisnotaexit.wordpress.com "This is intelligent folk/pop music for those who like clever lyrics, a knack for melody and restraint used to yield a greater impact. This album comes recommended." The aureview.com “Damon Smith and the Quality Lightweights are my tip for Next Big Thing status this year, not even the sky is the limit for these guys.”
 Tony McMahon – Inpress

Review

Reviewed by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

21 May 2012

Triple J
40

Really nicely pulled off alt country. It's authentic and warm and you're a a great songwriter/great songwriters. Seen your name on a lot of pub's chalkboards and I should be so lucky to catch you live some day.

Really nicely pulled off alt country. It's authentic and warm and you're a a great songwriter/great songwriters. Seen your name on a lot of pub's chalkboards and I should be so lucky to catch you live some day.