The Smith Street Band
More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, the eagerly awaited follow up to 2014’s breakthrough album, Throw Me In The River, was written while The Smith Street Band traversed the globe playing music and making friends in countless countries. From enormous festivals like Reading and Leeds (UK), Groezrock (Belgium) and Splendour in the Grass to stageless squats across Europe and American dive bars, the Smithies have seen it all and they’ve poured those experiences into their boldest and most ambitious release to date.
Drawing on a huge range of influences, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, features strings, horns, a choir, and a slew of special guests. With a strong narrative running through the album’s twelve tracks, Wil Wagner’s lyrics are as relatable and vulnerable as ever while the band are in powerful form after years of consistent touring. 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).
The first taste from the album, ‘Death To The Lads’ was released in November and instantly became a fan favorite, two months later appearing at #21 in the triple j Hottest 100 of 2016.
To coincide with the release announcement the band have launched the album’s second single, ‘Birthdays’. A song about a chance meeting on a pier in Hobart, featuring Jess Locke singing and Jeff Rosenstock getting real synthy. The anthemic tune is accompanied by a brilliant video directed by Neal Walters.