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The Smith Street Band

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Originally conceived as the vehicle for Australian singer/songwriter Wil Wagner to perform under, the Smith Street Band — minus the "Wil Wagner &" — would eventually become its own entity after two years in existence. Formed in Melbourne in 2010 by Wagner, guitarist Lee Hartney, second guitarist Tom Lawson, bassist Jimi O'Loughlin, and drummer Chris Cowburn, the group's first recorded material — the EP South East Facing Wall — appeared in 2011, followed soon after by their debut album, No One Gets Lost Anymore. Touring constantly on the Australian punk underground, the five-piece built a considerable reputation for their folk-infused punk sound. With the departure of O'Loughlin on bass, the group recruited Michael Fitzgerald for their sophomore release, 2012's Sunshine & Technology, and at the end of that year, guitarist Tom Lawson also mutually parted ways with the group. Supporting the album on their national Young Drunks tour in 2013 with the Bennies and New York's Bomb the Music Industry! in tow, the group played some of their biggest shows yet, including an eventful night in Byron Bay, which would inspire the band's next EP Don't F**k with Our Dreams. An American tour with Frank Turner in mid-2013, a slot at the prestigious Fest festival in Gainesville, Florida, and a European tour saw the band's profile explode throughout 2013 and after returning to Australia, the group embarked on another national tour at the beginning of 2014, with Pennsylvanian punk outfit the Menzingers. Retreating to the quiet of rural Victoria in that July, the four-piece set about recording their third album, Throw Me in the River, with Bomb the Music Industry!’s Jeff Rosenstock in the producer's chair. The album was scheduled for an October 2014 release.

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2010 in Melbourne, Australia

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