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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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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

Wednesday 31st December

NYE on the Hill 2014 feat.
The Smith Street Band + Jackie Onassis + Worlds End Press + Jakubi + The Delta Riggs + more + NYE On The Hill

The Hill, Kernot

Saturday 24th January

The Smith Street Band

Darwin Railway Sports & Social Club, Darwin

Monday 26th January

Australia Day 2015: A benefit for the wider community feat.
The Smith Street Band + Joelistics + The Bennies + Curse Ov Dialect + Stockades + Fear Like Us

Corner Hotel, Richmond

Wednesday 28th January

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Music Man Megastore, Bendigo

Thursday 29th January

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Barwon Club, South Geelong

Friday 30th January

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Saturday 31st January

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Sunday 1st February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This + Plastered Bastards

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

Wednesday 4th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Solbar, Maroochydore

Thursday 5th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba

Friday 6th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Hi-Fi, West End

Saturday 7th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

Sunday 8th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Northern, Byron Bay

Thursday 12th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West

Friday 13th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Metro Theatre, Sydney

Saturday 14th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Factory Theatre, Marrickville

Sunday 15th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Belconnen Magpies, Belconnen

Tuesday 17th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Captains At Mariners, Batemans Bay

Wednesday 18th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

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

Saturday 21st February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Railway Hotel, North Fremantle

Thursday 26th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Friday 27th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Saturday 28th February

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Gov, Hindmarsh

Sunday 1st March

The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This

The Gov, Hindmarsh

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