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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 30th January

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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

Thursday 19th February

The Smith Street Band

The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

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 + Lepers & Crooks + 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

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