It must be pretty good to be The Smith Street Band right now. Riding high off the back of breakthrough album ‘Throw Me In The River’, the band have made a splash around the globe playing everything from Reading & Leeds festivals to dive bar basements & making countless fans in the process. The band set these experiences to tape & the result is their most ambitious & boldest statement yet.
Once again, handling production duties over to Jeff Rosenstock, ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ opens with ‘Forrest’. It’s clear that The Smith Street Band have returned in full swing, with the opening line being absolutely the best way to start a record; I won’t ruin it by telling you want it is here, you’ll have to find out for yourself by listening to the record. Following on is ‘Birthdays’ & ’Death To The Lads’ and it’s one hell of a triple hit when combined with the opener. The latter already well established as an essential live anthem, the former, well, it’s only a matter of time.
Elsewhere on the record, tracks like ’25’ & ‘Song For You’ are absolutely classic Smith Street Band. It’s hardly reinventing the wheel, but when the quality is this good, it hardly matters.
Much like ‘It Kills Me To Have To Be Alive’, closer, ‘Laughing (Or Pretending To Laugh)’ showcases a more mellow side to the band, but a bad thing this ain’t, the quieter moments allow vocalist Will Wagner’s lyrics to really shine through.
With ‘More Scared Of You…’ The Smith Street Band have crafted their best record yet with anthemic, catchy & relatable lyrics. The coming months will surely only see the band pick up more & more fans & playing bigger & bigger venues, which frankly couldn’t be more deserved.
-Dan Buckingham (@DanBuckingham_)