Late last year, site faves The Smith Street Band promised the delivery of a new record. Today, they’ve made good on their word by announcing that their fourth album, ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me‘, will be released on Friday April 7 via Specialist Subject Records in the UK. The band’s very own, newly established label Pool House Records will release the album in their native Australia.
First cut from the album, ‘Death To The Lads’, fast became a live anthem, landing #21 in triple j’s Hottest 100 and to coincide with today’s album announce The Smithies release new single ‘Birthdays’.
A song about a chance meeting on a pier in Hobart, ‘Birthdays’ opens with lead singer Wil Wagner’s familiar tug at the heartstrings, with opening line, “Spent the morning cleaning my room, in the hope you’d ask to see it soon” and paints the style of detailed narrative that we have come to expect of Wagner’s lyrics. The track also ventures into new territory, featuring a synth-laden bridge, and introducing the guest vocals of former Smith Street tour buddy Jess Locke.
The new single is accompanied by a brilliant film clip directed by Neal Walters, who was also responsible for the heartwarming video clip for ‘Death To The Lads’ which featured each band members’ mums. The ‘Birthdays’ video tells a tale of growing up, love and technology — all consistent themes throughout The Smith Street Band’s career to-date.
The eagerly awaited follow up to 2014’s breakthrough album, ‘Throw Me In The River‘, was written while the band traversed the globe playing music and making friends in countless countries. From enormous festivals like Reading and Leeds here in the UK, Groezrock (Belgium) and Splendour in the Grass (Australia) to stageless squats across Europe and American dive bars, the Smith Street Band have seen it all and they’ve poured those experiences into their boldest and most ambitious release to date.
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).
‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’
Released Friday April 7
AUS: Pool House Records / Remote Control Records
US: SideOneDummy Records
UK: Specialist Subject Records
Europe: Uncle M Music