Prior to the release of new music and a busy year ahead for The Smith Street Band, much-loved front man Wil Wagner will embark on an extensive solo tour throughout February.

Wil Wagner 2017

After the success of two sold out East Coast shows mid 2016 between recording commitments, Wagner will return to the stage in solo mode for what will be his furthest reaching tour to date. With just one day off over the space of two weeks, the whirlwind tour will span most corners of the country and take in unique venues such as three hometown Melbourne shows at the prestigious Melba Spiegeltent.

Bringing with him an ensemble of friends who he has acquired through years of overseas touring, support will come from Laura Stevenson (U.S.A), Ian Graham (U.S.A) and Iona Cairns (U.K).

Hot on the heels of her latest album Cocksure, her fourth album in as many years, is New York singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson. Having recently collaborated with The Smith Street Band in the studio, Stevenson brings her inimitable brand of songwriting – described by The A.V Club as “indie-pop heaven” – to Australia for the first time.

Last here in 2013 touring with his band Cheap Girls, returns Ian Graham. Hailing from Michigan, aside from singing and playing guitar in the power-pop trio, Graham runs Business Casual Records, the label that released Wagner’s solo cassette of demos, I Hope I Don’t Come Across Intense in 2015.

Rounding out the stacked line up is Iona Cairns, leader of Shit Present and formerly Great Cynics, two bands who have played with The Smith Street Band all over the planet. Just a year since her last visit and now with a new EP under her belt in the form of Shit Present’s Misery + Disaster, the English native will return with her stripped back take on punk rock.

Proudly presented by Pool House Records and Jackknife Music, catch Wil Wagner, Laura Stevenson, Ian Graham and Iona Cairns as they tour Australia this February.

Jackknife Music & Pool House Records present:
Wil Wagner with Laura Stevenson, Ian Graham & Iona Cairns

Wednesday Feb 15 – The Zoo, Brisbane
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Thursday Feb 16 – Great Northern, Byron Bay
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Friday Feb 17 – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
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Saturday Feb 18 – Uni Bar, Wollongong
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Sunday Feb 19 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
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Tuesday Feb 21 – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne
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Wednesday Feb 22 – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne
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Thursday Feb 23 – The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne
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Friday Feb 24 – Badlands, Perth*
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Saturday Feb 25 – Mojos, Fremantle*
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Sunday Feb 26 – Ed Castle, Adelaide *
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*Laura Stevenson not playing WA/SA
Tickets on sale Friday 9am




After an exceptionally busy 2016 that has seen The Smith Street Band spend most of the year playing headline shows across the world, including North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, the four-piece return with a brand new single in ‘Death To The Lads’.

Penned on the road whilst driving through America, Death To The Lads has crept into their live set and become an instant fan favourite with its call-to-arms chorus, again displaying songwriter Wil Wagner’s knack of serendipitously turning blight into beauty. “It’s mainly about growing up and changing,” he says of the song’s themes, “admitting we make mistakes and trying to improve ourselves.”

The song was recorded in September at Panoramic House studios in San Francisco with an all-star cast of producer Jeff Rosenstock, engineer Jack Shirley and mixer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady).

Accompanying the single is the heartwarming film clip directed by Neal Walters and featuring The Smith Street Mums – the mothers of each of the four members, as they spend a day in the life of the band: waking up in their Footscray share house, journeying through the Western Suburbs in a tour van and culminating in a sold-out show at The Reverence Hotel. “It was a great chance to thank and appreciate the people who have done more for us than anyone, our families. We basically wanted our mums to get to be rock stars for the day and get some credit for helping us get this far,” says Wagner.

‘Death To The Lads’ is the first taste of the The Smith Street Band’s fourth record, to be released in early 2017 via their own, newly established label Pool House Records. The band will launch the single this month with shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, supported by The Nation Blue, fresh from launching back to back albums, instrumental psych-trio Grim Rhythm and Brisbane experimental pop band Forevr.

The Smith Street Band with special guests The Nation Blue, Grim Rhythm and Forevr

Wed November 23rd – The Gov, Adelaide
Thurs November 24th – The Triffid, Brisbane
Fri November 25th – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Sat November 26 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Sun November 27th – Corner Hotel, Melbourne w/ High Tension (The Nation Blue not appearing)
Tickets on sale Friday Nov 4th 9.00am www.thesmithstreetband.com



JEFF ROSENSTOCK!!! Live Solo Shows in Melbourne!

Jeff Rosenstock is back in Australia for a extremely short tour, playing 2 shows with Wil Wagner in Melbourne & Sydney. In addition he has just announced 2 extra solo shows in Melbourne! Jeff released a brand new song last week “Festival Song” it’s the first song released from a new album due out this year, which follows up “We Cool”, released in 2015 by SideOneDummy Records.

Saturday August 20th
@ Ding Dong Lounge
With: The Flying So High-Os & TV Haze
Doors 9pm
Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?eventId=65305

Sunday August 21st
@ Wrangler Studios (ALL AGES!)
With: Foxtrot, Jungle Breed, Phil Wolfendale
Doors 2.30pm
Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?eventId=65306

Tickets on sale now! Only $10 + BF


Foxtrot Release 2nd LP And Announce National Tour

Melbourne Punk outfit Foxtrot have announced the surprise release of their 2nd full-length album Habitats, which is available right now from Jackknife Music on Vinyl and as a digital download.


The new album features 11 tracks that showcase the full scale of the band – from all out aural assaults, to more measured emotional tracks; songs that were refined on stages across Melbourne are realised in full on Habitats.
‘Updike’, the first single from the album, was premiered on Tone Deaf back in September, with them calling it “everything we’ve come to love and expect from the guys”.

To celebrate the release of their album, Foxtrot are hitting the road to bring their visceral live performance to the people of Australia. The nine-date tour will see the band hit the East Coast of the country, including appearances at Party Party Part Sea in Adelaide, and The Reverence Hotel’s 4th Birthday Party.
Joining them on the tour will be fellow Melbournians Foley!, who’s debut album Ascot Vale was one of Moshcam’s Top 5 Punk albums of 2015.

Since forming in 2010, Foxtrot have become stalwarts of the Melbourne Punk scene. Last year they completed a national tour with The Bennies, and have also supported the likes of Basement, Off With Their Heads, The Aquabats, and The Hotelier. They’ve graced the stages of Poison City Weekender and Gingerfest.

Habitats was recorded with Sam Johnson at Holes and Corners Studio. It will be released through influential Melbourne DIY label Jackknife; which boasts an alumni that includes The Smith Street Band, The Bennies, and Georgia Maq (Camp Cope).

“Music that is more likely to stand the test of time…their performance was sensational.” – Beat Mag

“Unashamedly Australian, pub-sweat infused punk rock” – Tone Deaf



Thursday, July 14
The Eastern, Ballarat

Saturday, July 16
Party Party Part Sea – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide

Saturday, July 23
Reverence 4th Birthday – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne

Friday, July 29
The Phoenix, Canberra

Saturday, July 30
he Record Crate, Sydney

Friday, August 5
The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart

Saturday, August 6
Bakers Lane, Launceston

Tuesday, August 9
Crowbar Blue (BeyondBlue Benefit) – Crowbar, Brisbane

Saturday, August 13
Habitats Album Party Extravaganza – Worker’s Club, Fitzroy


The Bennies by Ian Laidlaw

Following a successful debut in 2015, mini-festival ‘I Love Life’ has announced it will return for a second year. Last year’s event was co-curated by Melbourne label Poison City Records and The Smith Street Band –taking it’s name from a track off the Melbourne band’s 2014 album Throw Me in the River– and heavily featured acts from the Poison City Weekender. This year is no different, with Melbourne party starters The Bennies heading up the bill for I Love Life in Sydney and Brisbane.

It’s been a party whirlwind for The Bennies since the release of their latest album Wisdom Machine earlier this year. Having already taken on huge album tours in Australia and Europe, the band are back at it as we speak, this week they commenced a huge 27-date tour of Australia. The Bennies will then return in September to bring the party to I Love Life.

Joining The Bennies are the brutally energetic High Tension, who started the year with a bang touring on the nationwide Laneway Festival. On the international front, fuzzy four-piece Pity Sex will make their second trip to Australia with their critically acclaimed second full-length White Hot Moon under their belt. Along side them, recent SideOneDummy Records signing and buzz live act Rozwell Kid will make their first trip to Australia.

The line-up is bolstered by even more exciting locals with Poison City Records’ hottest new signing Camp Cope making their much anticipated return to Sydney and Brisbane, following recent sold out album launches in both cities. Off the back of a new single and an Australian tour supporting Luca Brasi, Adelaide two-piece The Hard Aches will be representing South Australia on the east coast.

Philadelphian pop-punk trio Cayetana will be touring Australia for the first time, they’ve spent the last couple of years heavily touring America in support of their debut self-titled album. Run For Cover band Creative Adult will also join the line-up for the Sydney leg of the I Love Life mini-festivals.


Poison City, Jackknife & The Smith Street Band Presents


The Bennies
High Tension
Pity Sex
The Hard Aches
Camp Cope
Rozwell Kid
Creative Adult (Sydney only)

Saturday Sep 17th @ Manning Bar, Sydney
Sunday Sep 18th @ The Triffid, Brisbane

On sale Friday June 24th at 9am
Tickets from www.ilovelife.oztix.com.au

The Smit Street Band - Death to the Lads



No shows booked at the moment.