Fans of The Smith Street Band, and their vocalist/lyricist Wil Wagner, are no strangers to having their hearts broken through music. Wagner has a habit of penning lyrics in a way that is somehow both intensely personal and profoundly relatable. The band, however, has outdone themselves with their latest release, More Scared of You Than You Are of Me. This record finds The Smith Street Band going bigger, bolder, and darker with their art.
I found a lot of comfort in this album during the past year. I remember seeing Rarity play a few then-new songs about a year ago. I just listened, and was struck with this feeling that someone actually gets it. Someone actually knows what my struggle is like. That was when I knew this band would be so important to me. This past year, I was a lot more open and honest about possible mental health issues. It was scary but so freeing at the same time. I would listen to I Couldn’t Be Weaker while trying to calm down from a random breakdown. It was like someone putting a hand on my shoulder and letting me know I’m not alone in this, that they’ve been there, that it’s going to get better even when things seem dark. This album helped me realize that it’s okay not to be okay. That’s something I need to remember every day.-Jasminne
Released in October, WORRY. may just be the most poignant album of 2016. It’s full of lyrics about the terrors of capitalism, existential dread, and the joys of love and friendship. Jeff Rosenstock has a habit of writing genuine and uncomfortably relatable music and WORRY. is the epitome of that talent. Rosenstock pairs his playfully painful lyrics with an infectious sound that will have any listener dancing along, whether they came for the ska song, the hardcore song, or reasons they don’t entirely understand.This album saw us through the last few months of 2016, and I’m sure it will continue to help us moving forward. – Samlin Continue reading Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year
Well, 2016 has been a year. We were serious when it came to memes, ridiculous when it came to elections, and horrified when it came to the amount of important musicians who left us this year. Thankfully, we did have a lot of great music to get us through all the garbage. Naturally, as millennials, we decided to celebrate this beautiful music with a playlist. Hopefully it will continue to help us all through 2017 and beyond.
By now most of the world has heard that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been elected president and vice president of the United States, defying all election predictions and bringing up questions of safety for minorities, including the LGBTQ community. While President-elect Trump has claimed that his administration will be great for LGBTQ Americans, he has stated multiple times that he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, and his VP is a proud supporter of conversion therapy (a kinder way of saying “electrocuting the gay out of people”). As a queer and nonbinary person, I’ve struggled to process my feelings about this outcome. Nearly half of my fellow Americans voted for someone who thinks that I am undeserving of basic human rights. Thankfully, on what has been referred to as “Day 3 of Trump’s America”, I was able to get some perspective in the form of a rock show put on by queer-punk divas, PWR BTTM. Continue reading PWR BTTM and Queer Communities Post-Election
Less than 24 hours after releasing a video for their new single, “Death to the Lads”, and announcing an Australian tour bearing the same name, The Smith Street Band have unveiled their new record label, Pool House Records. The band’s upcoming album (title and release date yet to be announced) will be the first Pool House release, though the band has expressed a desire to release music for their friends in the near future. Along with the announcement, Chris Cowburn (drums) penned a heartfelt goodbye to the band’s current label, Poison City Records.
We’ve loved our time on the label and personally it’s a of part of my life that I’ll genuinely cherish forever, and I know the rest of the guys would say the same. We wouldn’t be the band or the people we are today without all the help, time, wisdom and advice Andy and the label have provided us.
You can follow Pool House Records on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @poolhouserecs. You can check out the new video for “Death to the Lads” (starring the band’s moms!) right here!