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The Smith Street Band
- Sunshine & Technology

Packing some serious folk-punk chops, they have been deservedly enjoying some pretty rapturous buzz.

Sep 6th 2012 | Label: Poison City Records
There's a time. Let's say it's your mid-twenties for the sake of argument. You've been the cause and effect of some heartbreaking. You're wiser than you've ever been but you still haven't given up on your hedonism. You're watching friends settle down alongside the straight and narrow while you yourself teeter uncomfortably on the threshold between responsibility and recklessness.

These everyday quarter-life crises are the bread and butter of Sunshine And Technology, the latest from The Smith Street Band. Packing some serious folk-punk chops, they have been deservedly enjoying some pretty rapturous buzz.

Much of this is due to Wil Wagner, whose lyrics and vocals avoid the navel-gazing whininess that plagues so many heart-on-sleeve songsmiths. His voice is wavering but gutsy and he shines when delivering his dense and wry lyrics as sugary pop hooks that just melt in your mouth. This balance between introspection and extroversion shows up beautifully in tracks like Why Can't I Draw and the excellent title track which opens up the album.

The rest of his band play the hell out of their instruments all the way through the album, equally able to conjure up a face-melting wall of math-punk fury or a sunny indie-pop groove. Yet, for all its lovable moxie, Sunshine And Technology might have benefited from a bit more stylistic exploration; a feeling of sameness begins to weigh the album down in its last third. It's not until the closer Don't Mention The War that The Smith Street Band truly step off the gas for some rustic folksiness. The results are devastatingly poignant.

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Friday 4th September

Poison City Weekender Fest feat.
The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + Luca Brasi + The Sidekicks + Postblue

170 Russell, Melbourne

Sunday 6th September

Poison City Weekender Fest feat.
The Smith Street Band + Modern Baseball + Andrew Jackson Jihad + Iron Chic + The Sidekicks

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Wednesday 9th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + The Sugarcanes

Manning Bar, Camperdown

Thursday 10th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + The Sugarcanes

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West

Friday 11th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + The Sugarcanes

Belconnen Magpies, Belconnen

Saturday 12th September

I Love Life Fest feat.
The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + Iron Chic + Modern Baseball + The Sidekicks + Oslow + Hannahband

Metro Theatre, Sydney

Sunday 13th September

I Love Life Fest feat.
The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + Iron Chic + Modern Baseball + The Sidekicks + Oslow + Walken

The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley

Wednesday 16th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + The Sugarcanes

Brisbane Hotel, Hobart

Thursday 17th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + The Sugarcanes

The Gov, Hindmarsh

Friday 18th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + Lucy Wilson

Metropolis, Fremantle

Saturday 19th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + The Sugarcanes

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Sunday 20th September

The Smith Street Band + Andrew Jackson Jihad + The Sidekicks + Flour

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Friday 25th September

The Smith Street Band + Lucy Wilson

Darwin Railway Sports & Social Club, Parap

Saturday 26th September

The Smith Street Band + Lucy Wilson

The Grand Hotel, Cairns

Sunday 27th September

The Smith Street Band + Lucy Wilson

Flinders Social, Townsville City

Thursday 1st October

The Smith Street Band + Lucy Wilson

Solbar, Maroochydore

Friday 2nd October

Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival Weekender feat.
Ash Grunwald + Bahamas + Boo Seeka + Cloud Control + The Delta Riggs + Gang Of Youths + The Pinheads + The Preatures + The Rubens + Russel.W. & The Five Islands + Saskwatch + Salmonella Dub Soundsystem + Shining Bird + The Smith Street Band + more + Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival

Stuart Park, North Wollongong

Friday 2nd October

The Smith Street Band + Lucy Wilson

The Northern, Byron Bay

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