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Album Review: More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me by The Smith Street Band

Australian punks The Smith Street Band release their fourth album More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me on 7th April via Specialist Subject Records (UK) and their own Pool House Records (AUS). 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 long-time 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).

From opener ‘Forrest’ through to ‘Laughing (Or Pretending to Laugh)’ it’s plainly obvious that this is the band’s best album, streets ahead of their previous efforts. The main difference is that it’s instantly likeable, there’s no fucking about, no multiple listens required – just good honest punk rock.

Where previous albums have lacked a certain something, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me comes in as a confident and relatable album. It feels natural and requires little to no effort to get on board with. Previous albums could have been considered guilty of having big doses of filler, here you’ll find 90% bangers. Live anthem ‘Death To The Lads’ is an instantaneous track that begs repeat listens – it’s got the hallmarks of modern UK punk – and takes the cynical look at modern day life.

‘Passiona’, ‘Shine’ and ‘Run The World’ have the feel of modern day punk classics, while you can’t help but get wrapped up in the pomp and stormy ‘25’ or the indie punk aggression of ‘Suffer’. ‘Birthdays’ should be your go to track with it immediate chorus and punky guitars with ‘Young Once’ being your second port of call with its assured and confident swagger placing it as one of the bands best tracks to date.

With More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, The Smith Street Band have delivered on all the previous promise.

AD Rating 7/10

 

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