One of Australiaʼs hardest working bands is at it again… Melbourne locals The Smith Street Band have barely stopped to take a breath since the release of their third album, 2014ʼs Throw Me In The River. Now before heading into the abyss to work on its follow-up, the four-piece have announced theyʼll give Throw Me In The River one last run of live shows around Australia, and return to New Zealand for the second time. Back in early 2015, shortly after two of the bandʼs biggest Australian tours to date, The Smith Street Band headed out to take Throw Me In The River around the world, touring through the UK, Europe and North America on several occasions, taking on Reading and Leeds Festivals (UK) and Belgiumʼs Groezrock. Not to mention homecoming performances at Splendour In The Grass, Poison City Weekender and their very own, and aptly titled, I Love Life Festivals in Sydney and Brisbane.
The Smith Street Band kicked off 2016 on the prestigious Laneway Festival tour. They then revisited the small Victorian country town of Forrest, where they recorded Throw Me In The River, to host the inaugural Weekend At The Wonk Festival, paying homage to the town that had treated them so well. In typical fashion, the band didnʼt rest there, jetting straight to the US where theyʼre currently undertaking their first North American headline tour, playing sold out shows in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Check out a video update from the bandʼs current adventures here: https://youtu.be/OjAic0JULnI Released to critical acclaim Throw Me In The River landed triple j album of the week and debuted in the ARIA top 20 album chart, scored the band a nomination for ʻBest Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Albumʼ at the 2015 AIR Awards, ʻLive Act of the Yearʼ at the Rolling Stone Awards and took out the gong for ʻBest Live Bandʼ at The Age Music Victoria Awards. Single ʻSurrenderʼ came in at #69 in triple jʼs Hottest 100 and their 7” release ʻWipe That Shit-Eating Grin off Your Punchable Faceʼ donated all its profits to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
No stranger to top notch supports, the Australian leg will see The Smith Street Band joined by great friends and Tasmanian label mates Luca Brasi, touring in support of their brand new album If This Is All Weʼre Going to