Australian rockers The Smith Street Band released their fourth album back in April, titled More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me.
By Jane Howkins
Thankfully, despite what the title says, neither band nor their fans have anything to fear with this release, as it’s a solid record, proving once again how good this band are.
They play a form of punk rock not unlike that of The Menzingers or The Gaslight Anthem, with the passionate spirit of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll present throughout. Like the vocalists of those two aforementioned bands, the singing style of frontman Wil Wagner isn’t for everyone and does take some getting used to, as his Australian accent shines through quite heavily – especially on the first track, Forrest. However, if you can get past that (and we hope you can), then you’re in for a treat.
This is a really solid punk rock album, and there’s a wonderful sense of energy that shines through on each song, pumping you up to a feeling of warm elation. Most of the songs on More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me are full on rock songs, featuring massive riffs on electric guitars, but the band also show that they can do the acoustic thing as well, with Young Once showcasing this side of the band (alongside some killer electric guitar riffs later on, of course). There’s certainly a lot of ambition here, and the poignant tales told within the lyrics will also keep you coming back for more.
The Smith Street Band have once again released a killer album, and we highly recommend it, as repeated listens make it better and better.