Once a word of mouth whisper in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia, The Smith Street band is slowly winning over the world. Riding high on the success of their album Sunshine & Technology from August of 2012, the band has rarely paused for breath since.
After concluding a sold out national tour of Australia to launch the record, the four-piece headed to China for five dates spanning the country, a destination largely neglected by artists, let alone those from Melbourne playing a brand of music The Big Issue referred to as “unpretentious and insightful.”
The band then won over a new legion of fans when they headed to The USA for the first time, taking in the East Coast and concluding the tour with a much talked about performance at The Fest, in Gainesville, Florida. The following year they returned to The States again, this time for an extensive tour with Frank Tuner. In between, there were dates in Europe, the UK, Canada and increasingly larger venues played in Australia, as the good word spread.
It wasn’t just the fans catching on to The Smith Street Band however, as inadvertently they become Australian ambassadors for touring punk bands in their country, playing host to international acts Restorations, Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls, Bomb The Music Industry and recently The Menzingers on a sold-out national tour. As songwriter Wil Wagner sings, “Let’s start something bigger than us,” the band created friendships and a following boundless to borders and were soon no longer just a small band from Melbourne, Australia.
Having played most of Australia’s music festivals and received high rotation on the national broadcaster triple J, the band now finds themselves in demand overseas, including being booked for Groezrock Festival in Belgium and getting airplay in foreign countries. Their most recent offering, a 5 track EP titled, Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams was released via Poison City Records in August of 2013 and recently picked up internationally by Asian Man Records in America and Uncle M in Germany.