Australia’s The Smith Street Band have announced their first UK and European shows of 2017 for June and July, culminating in their headline UK stint with a show at The Garage in London.
Wil Wagner (vocals / guitar) says of the forthcoming trip: “We are so fucking excited to be coming back to play shows in Europe! We’ll be doing a handful of mainland shows, hitting up huge festivals like Hurricane and Southside. We’re also gonna be doing our most extensive tour of the United Kingdom yet! We’re thrilled to have our actual best friends from home, The Bennies joining us for the entire tour and our great mates Shit Present coming along for the ride on the UK shows! I cannot wait to play our new songs live and we also cannot wait to see all of youuuuuuuuuu!”
‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ is the band’s soon-to-be-released fourth album, which will be released in the UK via Specialist Subject and in mainland Europe by Uncle M Records on 7th April. The Smith Street Band have set up their own label Pool House Records to release the album in their native Australia. The first single released from the album, ‘Death To The Lads’ reached heady heights on Australian radio, claiming the #21 spot in triple j’s coveted Hottest 100 with follow up ‘Birthdays’ receiving regular rotation on the Aussie station also.
The twelve tracks that comprise ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ follow lead singer Wil Wagner, more relatable and vulnerable than ever, as he tells the story of a relationship. While their past albums have had stories scattered through the songs, ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ follows a powerful narrative that is defined by Wagner’s heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and frantic delivery of the words that mean so much to him.
On top of Wil’s growth and development as a songwriter the band are in powerful form after years of consistent touring. They have expanded their unique sound to fit in choirs, string sections, even synthesisers and electronic drum kits. This is The Smith Street Band at their passionate, heartbreaking, hope-tinged best.
Recorded in the picturesque surrounds of Stinson Beach, California at Panoramic House, the record also features a world class cast behind the desk. The sessions were produced by longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock, engineered by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven, Hard Girls), mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bob Dylan, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen).
Specialist Subject Records & Uncle M Music present:
THE SMITH STREET BAND
‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ European Tour
with special guests
THE BENNIES (AUS)^ & SHIT PRESENT*
Tue 20 Jun | About:Blank | Berlin, DE ^
Wed 21 Jun | MTC | Cologne, DE ^
Thu 22 Jun | Kesselhaus | Wiesbaden, DE ^
23–25 Jun | Southside Festival | Neuhausen ob Eck, DE
23–25 Jun | Hurricane Festival | Scheessel, DE
Sat 24 Jun | Jera On Air | Ysselsteyn, NL ^
Mon 26 Jun | JC Kavka | Antwerp, BE ^
Wed 28 Jun | Joiners | Southampton, UK *^
Thu 29 Jun | Cavern | Exeter, UK *^
Fri 30 Jun | The Exchange | Bristol, UK *^
Sat 01 Jul | Sound Control | Manchester, UK *^
Sun 02 Jul | Bodega | Nottingham, UK *^
Tue 04 Jul | Fibber Magees | Dublin, IE *^
Wed 05 Jul | Voodoo | Belfast, IE *^
Fri 07 Jul | Stereo | Glasgow, UK *^
Sat 08 Jul | The Cluny | Newcastle, UK *^
Sun 09 Jul | Brudenell Social Club | Leeds, UK *^
Mon 10 Jul | Owl Sanctuary | Norwich, UK *^
Tue 11 Jul | The Hope | Brighton, UK *^
Wed 12 Jul | Garage | London, UK *^
Tickets from www.thesmithstreetband.com