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Local heroes The Smith Street Band have just dropped their greatest album yet More Scared of You Than You Are of Me — songs from the album will feature in their upcoming tour in June.
The Smithies front man, Wil Wagner delivers their most personal album yet. Each song narrates Wil’s way through the rise and fall of a beloved relationship. The album begins in tune with The Smithies punk rock roots, with the killer track ‘Forest’, and ends with the sombre and vulnerable, ‘Laughing (Or Pretending To Laugh)'.
The album doesn’t lack any type of emotion as Wil takes the listeners on a personal journey of happiness and heartbreak. With the inclusion of the jumpy, light-hearted nature of 'Passiona', we are opened to an upbeat version of a relationship. However, the album also opens you up to pure sadness that is heartbreak and loss with the inclusion of ‘Suffer’ — This song provides us with personal, raw emotions, along with lyrics such as ‘you are the worst thing that has ever happened to me'.
Wil has unmasked a new sound with this release, as he has finally shown us his true hurt and loss with the use of soft vocals and low instrumentals. The release lays everything out on the table and finally explores the true sense of the band’s creation.
The album offers beautiful one liners and catchy chorus lines that can be seen through the masterpiece ‘Death to the Lads'. This song will be a crowd favourite coming up to their tour in June.
It is interesting listening to this album and trying to find out which songs will encore and which will open. Each song holds such significance with the band and each song is accompanied by with electric lines and raw emotion.
The Smith Street Band have continued to create a new sound through each album they have released. Being able to create fresh music is something that is special and rare. More Scared of You Than You Are of Me is something that is so different but doesn’t lack the punk riffs and rock cords that the band is so iconic for.
The Smith Street Band are set to tour with the likes of Joyce Manor, Ceres and Allison Weiss starting in June.