The Smith Street Band
No One Gets Lost Anymore


4.5
superb

Review

by profoundword USER (15 Reviews)
April 25th, 2012 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A unique mix of punk and folk that will have you shouting along in no time.

I first came into contact with The Smith Street Band when I saw them open for Bomb The Music Industry! earlier this year. Having been hanging out watching some of the local hard-core bands do their thing while sipping pints of beer, the Smith Street guys seemed a little out of place compared to the other supports. While there was one notable Mohawk, the piercings and neck tattoos had been replaced for the most part with an understated, shaggy stage presence and, wait for it… an acoustic guitar. With all the screaming and chugging of the previous bands still ringing in our ears, people started looking around as if to say, “who the hell are these guys?” As I found out from their set that night and upon listening to their album, The Smith Street band are not your typical punk band.

No One Gets Lost Anymore is a very personal album, an account of the various experiences of the band members set to a DIY folky-punk soundtrack you can’t help but sing along to on second and third listens. It combines bright pop hooks, acoustic melodies, layered washes of feedback and great fill-heavy, up-tempo drumming, which drives much of the record. The DIY feel and charm of the record belies the impressive musicianship of the band, with their deft melodies and rocking crescendos perfectly accompanying the introspective vibe of their lyrics.

Songs like ‘Belly Of Your Bedroom’ unfold around lively acoustic strumming that actually seems more punk than folk, while other songs like ‘I Ain’t Safe’ cloak their thoughtful lyrics in walls of textured distortion. The songs rarely stick to anything resembling a formulaic structure, and are better thought of as eclectic mash-ups of their favourite genres of folk and punk with some poppy moments scattered intermittently here and there. The vocals are very varied in their tone and delivery, though I find them occasionally irritating. The really ‘occa’ Australian delivery gets a bit much at times, especially in the quieter passages where it distracts from the mood of the music. Overall though, this is just a small pet-dislike and the chorus vocals especially are great.

As could be expected from a fusion of folk and punk, the tempo of this record is very varied. Minimalist folky melodies cascade into raucous shout along choruses with very tight, layered guitar work that reminds the listener that while TSSB may be sensitive, mock-meat loving Melburnians… they still have balls. This may seem a crude assessment of their musical skills, but it is their ability to combine their articulate, vulnerable side with a kick-ass punk attitude that makes their sound a unique one.

No One Gets Lost Anymore should appeal to a pretty broad audience. Punk and ska fans could appreciate their shout along choruses and unorthodox heavy moments, while pop and folk fans may enjoy their soft, brooding passages and bright pop hooks. As a combined package, I find the mix-up of the genres allows for great sound dynamics. Rocking choruses provide contrast with some of the softer passages and ensure they don’t become boring, while the moodiness of the quieter parts stops the heavy sections from becoming monotonous. I think the band pull off these dynamics well, as the album never sounds unbalanced despite it’s contrasting styles.

Overall, this is a varied, rewarding listen and a very solid debut. The band is clearly very talented and they skilfully manage to intertwine their disparate influences into creating their own unique sound. Some, like myself, may find the vocals grating at times but there is really very little fault to be found on NOGLA. I would highly recommended it for any punk/ska/folk fans who don’t mind a little mash-up of all three styles into the one album.



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CrackTheSkye
April 25th 2012


726 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best albums I have heard in the past year. Wil is an amazing songwriter/frontman.

AtavanHalen
April 25th 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

could easily cut the first paragraph

still, this is great

Spare
April 25th 2012


5320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dece review

Transient
April 26th 2012


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

gonna write a review for this in the next couple of days because it's fucking incredible

profoundword
April 26th 2012


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys definitely deserve more attention, thanks spare

profoundword
April 26th 2012


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm changing this to a 4.5 I think, I had it as that originally but changed my mind at the last second for some reason. Reads like that too

CrackTheSkye
May 18th 2012


726 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If you haven't heard Wil Wagner & Friends, you should check that out too. Pretty much everything he has done is amazing.

Albus
May 3rd 2013


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where can i find lyrics for this album in txt format?

NightProwler
January 15th 2014


6423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Dunno if this or their new EP is best. Either way, these guys release some damn solid material over and over. Wil is so damn charming

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


19951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

dimsim3478
January 23rd 2014


5222 Comments


Because you'd get kicked off the tram if you stood up and yelled "don't you ever fucking touch me".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e452J7U8W_4

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

InfamousGrouse
January 23rd 2014


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna go see these guys in Paris in April yayy

NightProwler
January 23rd 2014


6423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sweet! Seeing them in May, can't wait

InfamousGrouse
January 23rd 2014


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

or is it May i can't actually recall...

saw them back in September and it was really good, claustrophobic and sweaty; shame about their comparatively little stagetime (30 minutes)

dimsim3478
January 23rd 2014


5222 Comments


Saw 'em last year in summer and Wil--no shirt on--jumps into the crowd and ends up flat on the floor, and everyone in his proximity has sweat wiped all over them in the process.

NightProwler
January 23rd 2014


6423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Infamous: Yeah, that's a shame. Hopefully, they'll play a great setlist in that short time!

Dim: lol, seriously? Well, he is a rather crafty guy!

Kris.
August 8th 2014


12398 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

new album october 28th throw me in the river tell yr friends

SnakeDelilah
August 8th 2014


8095 Comments


fuck yeah!

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2014


19951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YES

InfamousGrouse
August 8th 2014


3544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Could suck if Surrender is anything to go by



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