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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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Sunday 23rd November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Zierholz @ UC, Canberra

Monday 24th November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Factory Theatre, Marrickville

Wednesday 26th November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Thursday 27th November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Friday 28th November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Saturday 29th November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Sunday 30th November

The Smith Street Band + The Front Bottoms + Apologies + I Have None

Railway Hotel, North Fremantle

Saturday 6th December

The Smith Street Band + The Bennies + Fear Like Us + Rockenspiele

Reverence Hotel, Footscray

Tuesday 30th December

NYE on the Hill 2014 feat.
The Smith Street Band + Jackie Onassis + Jakubi + Ngaiire + The Delta Riggs + Oscar Key Sung + Money For Rope + Joelistics + City Calm Down + All The Colours + World's End Press + The Bennies + L-FRESH The LION + Davidson Brothers + The Babe Rainbow + Apes + Echo Drama + I Know Leopard + Eliza Hull + WZRDKID + The Darjeelings + HOWQUA + Bad News Toilet + Dorsal Fins + Halcyon Drive + These New South Whales + Mike Waters + NYE On The Hill

The Hill, Kernot

Friday 20th February

Party In The Paddock feat.
The Beautiful Girls + Allday + Jinja Safari + Dune Rats + The Smith Street Band + Tommy Franklin + Willow Beats + The Delta Riggs + Dappled Cities + KLP + Luca Brasi + Little Bastard + Drunk Mums + The Dead Love + Younger Dryas + The Middle Names + Save The Clock Tower + more + Party In The Paddock

Burns Creek, Burns Creek

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