Ahead of frontman Wil Wagner’s solo show at Badlands next weekend, his main outfit The Smith Street Band have announced their fourth album, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, will be released on Friday, April 7 via their very own, newly established label Pool House Records.
First cut from the album, Death To The Lads, fast became a live anthem, landing at #21 in triple j’s Hottest 100 and to coincide with the album announce The Smithies have released new single Birthdays. A song about a chance meeting on a pier in Hobart, it opens on 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. Check out the film clip below.
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 (UK), Groezrock (Belgium) and Splendour in the Grass 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).