SMARTS - Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? LP
- Label: OTHER LABELS
- Catalog Number: FEELIT46
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Smarts are a relatively new Australian band who began playing shows
around Melbourne and surrounds towards the end of 2018. Combining
frantic, yet taut and rapidly-paced rhythms amidst playful, almost
child-like riffs and melodies that just about make you want to pull your
hair out, Smarts are a sound of their own.
The band stemmed out of a bedroom demo that was recorded for fun a year
earlier by Billy Gardner (bass, vocals) and Mitch Campleman (guitar) in
Geelong. After letting it collect dust for 12 months, they assembled a
band to perform the songs live featuring Jake Robertson on drums and
Sally Buckley on synth; and released the four-song demo cassette, “Smart
World”. Stella Rennex later joined the band, largely filling out the
sound with her eccentric saxophone parts.
“Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?” was recorded by the band themselves over a
weekend slumber in Geelong at the DIY studio setup; The Barracks, with
finishing coats added in Melbourne before sending off to
mix-master-Mikey Young in Rye. There’s a feeling throughout as if the
whole thing could collapse into pieces at any moment, and just when you
think it’s about to, Smarts weave their way out and into a new
Points of reference could be compared to the
quirkiness of LA’s Suburban Lawns or Geza X, as well as citing
influence from modern sounds like Japanese band Vodovo and the
ever-evolving Midwest American punk scene. It could even be viewed as a
refreshing and original extension of the so-called “egg punk” genre.
The North American pressing of "Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?", limited to
400 copies, comes packaged with a double-sided risograph insert and
download code. The mighty Anti Fade Records will be handling the
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