Band of the Day

2015.01.27

The Smith Street Band

A virtual passport of earnest punk-style storytelling from a pack of Australian road warriors
I ask for directions even thought I know exactly where I am, just want someone to talk to.
lyrics from It's Alright, I Understand

Throw Me In The River, the recently-released third LP from Melbourne, Australia’s The Smith Street Band is multidimensional. Full of their trademark earnest storytelling, it too serves as a snapshot of the last few years of their hectic lives. Often dark, but always honest, the album is a virtual passport to their global rise, with songs written in Winnipeg, Salt Lake City, Calgary, London, New York and North Melbourne, amongst others. Since their 2010 inception, the band has done things their own way and at their own pace: full steam ahead, with Throw Me In The River no exception. Nestling down in a cottage in the pristine surrounds of Forrest, in The Otways, Victoria, the album saw the band team up with Bomb The Music Industry’s Jeff Rosenstock as producer, Jonathon Low (The War On Drugs, The National) as mixer and once again worked with close friends Matt Voigt (“Don't Fuck With Our Dreams”) and Sam Johnson (“Sunshine & Technology”) to engineer the record. What would typically be a taxing time for any band, particularly following up the success of 2012’s Sunshine & Technology, wasn’t so for The Smith Street Band, as they momentarily stepped outside the makeshift studio to perform an inspired cover of Courtney Barnett’s History Eraser for Triple J’s Live A Version and complete a 9- date sold out Australian tour with Violent Soho. It’s this work ethic that has seen The Smith Street Band become not only one of Australia’s hardest working bands, but also most respected. Less than a year earlier the band released a career defying 5 track EP entitled Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams. Impassioned and provocative, the single was added to radio and launched with a 10-date Australian headline tour supported by US acts Joyce Manor and Cheap Girls. The synergy of releasing an EP about dreams whilst fulfilling their own wasn’t lost on the band as they graced magazine covers, sold-out venues across Australia, signed international recording deals and toured the UK, Europe and the USA, including a 40 date tour with Frank Turner. A constant cycle of touring and recording, the past few years has seen a Melbourne secret become a global phenomenon, with a discography that will soon include 3 full- length albums and 2 EPs and a touring history that boasts a six date tour of China, a headline Australian tour with The Menzingers (USA), a UK/European tour with Restorations (USA), as well as a slot on Belgium festival Groezrock and multiple performances at Gainesville’s The Fest. As the buzz follows The Smith Street Band wherever they go, with the release of their third LP and touring plans for new continents, it’s only going to get louder.