In the Chair is a regular feature on Eventalaide, highlighting artists from across Australia and occasionally overseas. 21 Questions and everyone gets the same questions. It is just meant to be a bit of fun so please treat it as such.
Questions by Geoff Jenke
Lee Hartney is guitarist for The Smith Street Band. The band was formed in Melbourne in 2010 and originally called Wil Wagner and The Smith Street Band, a reference to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, but changed the name to just The Smith Street Band to signify a change to a whole band songwriting style.
A band with a reputation for constant touring, The Smith Street Band spent much of the last 18 months keeping as busy as possible: releasing a studio album (Don’t Waste Your Anger), three live albums, and lead singer Wil Wagner put out a solo album and re-released an old demo collection.
The Smith Street Band
In less than 50 words describe your music, your band and yourself.
I’m the guitarist in The Smith Street Band. We are a rock band with some folk and punk leanings. We try to make interesting music that appeals to everyone. I also have a side project called Ghoatte Hordour that is a symphonic black metal project.
What was the first record you bought with your own money and where from?
Guns and Roses “use your illusion” 1 and 2 on cassette
60’s or 70’s Music:
What music are currently
The Best live
artist/band you’ve seen:
Emperor, Something for Kate and Midnight Oil
Your favourite Saturday
night party record?
Bloc party: Silent Alarm
Your favourite Sunday
morning chill out record?
Which song do you wish
you had written?
Roger Daltry once said “Rock N Roll has no future”. Do you agree with him?
Ha ha… Of course not… Rock and roll, punk rock, heavy metal is an ethos.. a lifestyle… Maybe what he thinks is rock and roll is dead… But that’s his choice or problem.
Vinyl, CD or Streaming?
All of the above. They all have their place
If you could record or play live with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
Vinnie Paul (Drummer & Co-founder of Pantera)
What is the most useless
talent you have?
Your finest recorded moment?
I think anything off the last record… We are getting better each time and every song we tackle is better than the last.
If you could open a show
for any artist/band, who would it be?
The Smashing Pumpkins
Stuck on a desert island for a year and can only take three albums. What would they be?
Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Pantera: The Geat Southern Trendkill,
At the Drive in: Relationship of Command
Favourite all time movie:
Who would you rather be
for a day, Mick Jagger or Keith Richard?
Best show you have ever played in your career;
I don’t really have “favourite” shows.. anytime you walk out on stage and people are there to watch or the show is sold out is very special
Paul McCartney or Neil
Who is the nicest person
in Rock n Roll at the moment?
What do you hope the next 12 months holds for you?
Hopefully some shows and less interruptions to life.
The Smith Street Band are thrilled to announce a return to their roots. September and October will see the Victorian band head out around the country, playing 15 shows in pubs and theatres in every state and the ACT. A return to dancing at shows and anthemic sing alongs.