The Smith Street Band
No One Gets Lost Anymore


4.5
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Review

by transient USER (3 Reviews)
June 16th, 2012 | 89 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I whisper in your ear "don't you ever disappear" and you whisper back "don't you ever fucking touch me."

Before I began writing this review I made a conscious decision to not compare Wil Wagner to Frank Turner, but after retyping one opening sentence after another, it became very apparent that I couldn’t possibly do that. Wil Wagner and his merry band of Smith Street men possess the everyman charm of Frank Turner - albeit with a much more suburban Australian influence – and that’s what really lifts this album from an excellent folk-punk record to something that is genuinely moving.

The Smith Street Band’s stories of living in suburban Australia hit close to home, with most of the lyrics containing all-too-familiar stories of growing up, with all of the love, apathy, fucking up, falling apart and putting yourself back together again that growing up involves. While some of the songs delve into the negative things that lurk inside us all, the record never comes across as bitter or pessimistic instead opting to focus on the fact that no matter how messed up we can be, we’re never really that bad. Album opener ‘I Ain’t Safe’ is the embodiment of this attitude and even though songs like ‘My Little Sinking Ship’ are essentially about being supported by people even though you know you’re going to disappoint them, the last lines ‘and you carry me around from town to little town, never knowing how much I need you, but you can ask any thing of me’ are the perfect way of acknowledging that you still appreciate it beyond anything else. Hell, the refrain on ‘Postcodes’ yells “I’m gonna make you so proud of me,” and that The Smith Street Band will “always sing for people who will not arrest [them] and for girls that [they] barely know.” Lead single ‘Sigourney Weaver’ is a tale of unrequited love, ‘When I Was a Boy I Thought I Was a Fish’ is a triumphant thank you to everything and everyone that’s helped get the band to where they are, ‘The Belly of Your Bedroom’ is about being shit in bed, and ‘Get High, See Mice’ is about getting really fucking high and seeing mice. Honestly, you’d be hard pressed not to find something lyrically to relate to on this album and that’s probably why it has been such a huge success amongst those who have listened to it.

To be frank, the lyrics are the real highlight of No One Gets Lost Anymore, but that’s not to say that the music isn’t excellent. The band themselves are superb, providing the perfect atmosphere for the stories on the album, be it the understated beautiful guitar riff in ‘Sigourney Weaver’ or the huge climaxes in ‘Rooftops’ and ‘When I Was A Boy I Thought I Was a Fish.’ The acoustic numbers ‘The Belly of Your Bedroom’ and ‘My Little Sinking Ship’ break up the tempo of the album and are lovely pieces in themselves, being two of the most moving tracks on No One Gets Lost Anymore. This album single-handedly launched The Smith Street Band from a small bunch of dudes playing folk-punk music in Melbourne to an invitation to The legendary Fest in 2012, and it’s easy to see why. To anyone who felt a connection to Love, Ire and Song, or even The Monitor, No One Gets Lost Anymore is sure to appeal, and to those who didn’t? Start living.


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profoundword (4.5)
A unique mix of punk and folk that will have you shouting along in no time....


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Transient
June 16th 2012


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

everyone should listen to this band

sigourney weaver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88Nr_8QPDoU
when i was a boy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LaDt2399tE

CrackTheSkye
June 16th 2012


726 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This has quickly become one of my favourite albums since hearing it last year. Almost impossible to not sing along to.

bungy
June 16th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sounds awesome

profoundword
June 16th 2012


239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice

AtavanHalen
June 16th 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not bad lol

Macros
June 17th 2012


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such a good band. I feel like the guest vocals on Belly of Your Bedroom should get a mention though. Some of the best I've ever heard.

Sirob
June 22nd 2012


2653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is soooooo good

Spare
August 20th 2012


5360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so like, how fuckin good is the new record

JumpTheF**kUp
August 22nd 2012


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so goddamn great

bungy
August 22nd 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Postcodes should be the opener

Spare
August 22nd 2012


5360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah man

bungy
August 28th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and she said "wil I think that I can deal with you" and then the rest of that song gets me everytime

Realized I listen to this everyday and had to bump the rating

Spare
August 28th 2012


5360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AND LAAAAAAST NIGHT

I KISSED A GIRL THAT I MET IN A BAR

WHICH IS MOMENTOUS GIVEN HOOW THIINGS AAAARE

AtavanHalen
August 29th 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this band

new album rocks

JoshTh
September 2nd 2012


112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I've listened to these guys all night, shit is fucking great. Will be purchasing their records when I get some cash

EditTheSadParts
September 11th 2012


39 Comments


Say these guys last night, they fucking rocked it! Wil Wagner is the maddest chiller out

bungy
September 11th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm a madder chiller out than Wil

EditTheSadParts
September 12th 2012


39 Comments


Mate, I'm so chill they call me.....

Fridge.

punkomania19
December 24th 2012


76 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just brought this it is fucking amazing

AtavanHalen
December 24th 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where did you bring it from



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