BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Smith Street Band

The Smith Street Band

Hard Girls, Worriers, Address

Sat, April 2, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:20 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Smith Street Band
The Smith Street Band
From enormous festivals like Reading and Leeds (UK), Groezrock (Belgium) and Splendour In The Grass (Australia) to stageless squats and dive bars all around the world, The Smith Street Band have seen it all and they’ve poured those experiences into their boldest and most ambitious release to date - their fourth album, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me.

Debuting at #3 on the ARIA Album Charts (Australia) More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me is at times dark, ferocious and heavy, while also being joyful, cheeky and full of the underdog spirit that made the band who they are. This record embodies the cohesion and growth shown by the band both musically and lyrically. Known for their breathless touring schedule the album was pieced together in the stolen downtime between their famously frenetic live shows.

The album’s twelve tracks follow lead singer Wil Wagner, more relatable and vulnerable than ever, as he tells the story of a relationship. While their past albums have had stories scattered through the songs, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me follows a powerful narrative that is defined by Wagner’s heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and frantic delivery of the words that mean so much to him.

On top of Wil’s growth and development as a songwriter the band are in powerful form after years of consistent touring. They have expanded their unique sound to fit in choirs, string sections, even synthesisers and electronic drum kits. This is The Smith Street Band at their passionate, heartbreaking, hope-tinged best.

Recorded in 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).

More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me is an exploration into love, anxiety, relationships and nostalgia, following on from where 2014’s breakthrough album, Throw Me In The River left us.
Hard Girls
Hard Girls
Much like the science fiction and philosophy books into which they are known to delve, Hard Girls explore the wondrous and sometimes dark paths of human existence with a seasoned honesty that belies the unbridled energy of their songs. For their second full-length record (A Thousand Surfaces), this San Jose, CA based post-punk trio recorded with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) to capture their alternately desperate and introspective sound, recalling early post-punk pioneers like Wire and Mission of Burma, while also drawing a clear lineage from the earnest, everyman indie rock of Sebadoh and Built to Spill. Plus they just fucking rock.
Worriers
Worriers
Lauren Denitzio is a maven at writing pop-punk anthems. Playing music for over a decade —beginning with the New Brunswick punk band The Measure [sa]—we had yet to see what Denitzio could accomplish as a sole songwriter until recently. Worriers, the Brooklyn-based band fronted by Denitzio and joined by friends, has released the 7” “Past Lives” on No Idea Records in 2011, the 12” EP “Cruel Optimist” on Don Giovanni Records in 2013, as well as the 7” “Sinead O’Rebellion” on Yo-Yo Records in 2013. This summer, Worriers brings us their finest work to date, with Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! as producer, on their first full-length release Imaginary Life.

Being released by Don Giovanni Records, Imaginary Life is Denitzio’s first time single-handedly generating an entire record’s worth of material. Accompanied by Rachel Rubino (Each Other’s Mothers, Troubled Sleep) and John McLean (Dead Dog, Todd Killingz) on lead guitars, Audrey Zee Whitesides (Mal Blum, Little Waist) on bass, Mike Yannich (The Ergs) on drums, and Lou Hanman (Caves) on backing vocals, Denitzio also asked Laura Jane Grace to produce the record. Working with a woman producer, and someone who came from a DIY background, was crucial to Denitzio. Grace enthusiastically agreed and brought on Marc Hudson, Against Me!’s front-of-house sound person and tour manager, to engineer the record at his studio in Fenton, MI. Grace also took Worriers on a nine-day tour with Against Me! in February to become better acquainted with their sound. In the studio, the group worked meticulously on the tracks—even creating multiple versions of certain songs using Casio beats—to give them time to develop into exactly what they were looking to create.

“I was writing songs that had to do with moments in my life that only happened very briefly, or things that could have happened had things gone a little differently, both in positive and negative ways,” says Denitzio. “I don’t mean regrets, but how life could be entirely different if you make a couple of different choices.”

While Imaginary Life doesn’t stray too far from past Worriers’ releases, it resonates stronger than ever in both sound and message. It flows fittingly backwards, opening with “Jinx,” a softer song that barely hits the one-minute-mark. We are presented with what seems to be a reflection of the current state of life and a fear of change, how goods things have been and wanting to hold onto that. From here, the album cracks wide open into all that ever came before. “Glutton for Distance,” with it’s mathy guitar leads and overflowing lyrics, depicts the desire to sustain a long-distance relationship. In “Chasing,” there is a bit of a departure from what we’ve come to know of Worriers; it’s pop beat is reminiscence of something we’d hear on the radio rather than at a punk show. It’s unexpected but natural, juxtaposed to dark lyrics about giving into unrequited love and carried along by Denitzio’s polished vocals. In the resolute political ballad ”They / Them / Theirs” we are questioned regarding notions of the gender binary and the frustrations that come with it. “Plans” and “Most Space,” two of the catchiest songs on Imaginary Life, are reminders of what tripped us up over Denitzio’s songwriting in the first place—fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics, and unyielding vocals that Worriers never fails to provide.
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Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
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