Personnel: Jeff Rosenstock (guitar, saxophone, piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Lucy Rash (violin); Jemma King (cello); Wes Kingsford (saxophone); Nathan Holt (trumpet, trombone); Todd Roth (trumpet); Bob Vielma (trombone); James Morris (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Jonathan Low.
Recording information: Sing Sing Studios, Cremorne, Vic, Australia; The Otways Loft, Forrest, Vic, Australia.
Illustrator: Alexis Winter.
Photographer: Andy Johnson .
Melbourne rockers the Smith Street Band withdrew to the wilds of Forrest, Victoria to record their third LP, Throw Me in the River. Working in a rustic cabin with American producer Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!), the band fine-tuned their aggressive, folk-inflected pop-punk sound, emerging not with an intimate set, but rather something expansive and occasionally epic. With its sparkling pianos and strings, "Calgary Girls" strives for Springsteen-ian mountain vistas, and "Get High, See No One" alternates between frenetic and thunderous. Throw Me in the River feels less like a band looking inward and more like one fighting like hell to break free. It's another visceral and solid effort from this amped-up, literate combo. ~ Timothy Monger