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The Smith Street Band: Throw Me in the River

Album Notes

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


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