The Smith Street Band sign to SideOneDummy Records

Music News | Aug 9th, 2014

Frank Turner, The Smith Street Band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Terminal 5, NYC - Photo by Bryan Kremkau (1)

Australia’s The Smith Street Band have signed a US deal with Side One Dummy to release their new album Throw Me In The River. The album will drop on October 28th.

Produced by Bomb The Music Industry’s Jeff Rosenstock and mixed by Jonathan Low (The War On Drugs, The National), Throw Me In The River is multidimensional and loaded with earnest storytelling that serves as a snapshot of the last few years of the band’s hectic lives. A true testament to their growing global appeal, Throw Me In The River will also be released via Poison City (Australia/NZ), Banquet (UK) and Uncle M (Europe).

Nestled into a cottage in a small rural township with a population of just 170, The Smith Street Band spent a month with Bomb The Music Industry’s Jeff Rosenstock to bring Throw Me In The River to life. During their time together, singer/guitarist Wil Wagner performed a surprise solo show at the local pub, The Wonky Donkey, which had the entire town talking. In near freezing conditions, the show, and subsequent bonfire after party that followed, was magically captured by photographer Andy Johnson for the album’s cover art and this breathtaking visual glimpse behind the scenes of the recording process. The night served as a final thank you to the small community that hosted the band for their month of recording.

Through a constant cycle of touring and recording, the past few years has seen this Australian secret become a global phenomenon. With a discography that will soon include 3 full-length albums and 2 EPs, The Smith Street Band has been busy to say the least. They’ve toured China, Europe/UK, Australia and of course, the United States, all alongside bands like Frank Turner, The Menzingers, Restorations, Violent Soho, Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls and more. They’ve also performed at renowned Belgium festival Groezrock and made multiple appearances at Gainesville’s The Fest.

One standout moment in particular is their 2013 5-track EP entitled Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams. Impassioned and provocative, 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.


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