Artist info

Genre

Punk, Indie


Sounds like


band members

Wil Wagner - Vocals/Guitar, Chris Cowburn - Drums/Vocals, Lee Hartney – Guitar/Vocals, Fitzy Fitzgerald - Bass


Influences

Defiance, Ohio, The Weakerthans, Against Me!


Bio

Poison City Records is delighted to reveal that burgeoning buzz band The Smith Street Band will release their second album "Sunshine & Technology" on August 24, 2012. To celebrate its release the band will tour extensively, playing headlining shows in capital cities Australia-wide. The Smith Street Band's debut album, 2011’s "No One Gets Lost Anymore", was the sound of a band that had found their feet. Greeted with accolades, Beat Magazine wrote “happily one of the best Aussie albums in recent memory” and Triple J’s Stu Harvey added “The Smith Street band need to be heard”. Website Bombshellzine took it even further, voting it THE best album of the year. The band’s incessant gigging following their debut album’s release hints at The Smith Street Band's desire to reach as many people as possible. A feat not entirely impossible given the immediate accessibility of their memorable folk/punk/rock sound. Their debut album was toured extensively, from Launceston, Tasmania to Bunbury, Western Australia and just about everywhere else in between, along the way, collecting a legion of like-minded friends and colleagues. There was also an ever-growing list of international support slots the band were handpicked for: some through musical admiration, others through lyrical - many through both. Already this year The Smith Street Band has shared the stage with the pensive Frank Turner (ENG) provocative Fucked Up (CAN) and poetic La Dispute (USA), never once out of place. The Smith Street Band will reconnect with these newfound friends and peers once more when they travel abroad for the first time this Spring, stopping over in China, before touring the United States and playing the famous Fest in Gainesville, Florida. The future is indeed radiant for The Smith Street Band as they take their music to unexplored destinations both literally and figuratively. Recorded by Sam Johnson at Melbourne’s Three Phase Studios and mixed by Matt Voigt (Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, The Nation Blue) at Sing Sing Studios, Sunshine & Technology’s lyrical and musical progressions suggest The Smith Street Band is incapable of standing still, and perhaps, of growing up. Both endearing qualities in inspired punk rock upstarts. As Wil sings on I Want Friends, “I'm gonna do all of the things I said I'd do when I was a kid. Exist between the margins not between the lines. Getting my hands dirty, not living life romanticized” “Wagner has an obvious talent for creating earnest, intelligent punk rock songs about love, drugs, family and everything in between” –Xpress Magazine “[Their live performance] shows why this band is being talked about so much at the moment” –Rave Magazine

Review

Reviewed by Stu Harvey Stu Harvey

30 Aug 2012

Triple J
50

Finally The Smit...

Finally The Smith Street Band are getting the love they deserve. Great songwriting, real lyrics and absolutely no pretensions. This song isnt my favorite from the new album, but that's a minor issue, it's still more interesting than 90% of the popular music around today.

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Reviewed by Kyran Wheatley Kyran Whea...

27 Aug 2012

Triple J
50

Remind me again ...

Remind me again why I hadn't heard this sooner...

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Reviewed by Dom Alessio Dom Alessio

27 Aug 2012

Triple J
50

Could The Smith ...

Could The Smith Street Band be the new heroes of Australian rock'n'roll? A band you'd want to see rocking out at a pub as well as sharing a beer with.

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