Don’t Waste Your Anger

The Smith Street Band - Don’t Waste Your Anger
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It's not their best effort to date, but The Smith Street Band shows that they are staunchly committed to providing us with quality music, offering new landscapes without really getting us out of our comfort zone.

If you didn't know this band from Melbourn, The Smith Street Band has this particularity and is distinguished by emo punk combined with folk. A sound that is now well established, that the band tries to refine album after album, which once again finds a way to be amazing again. On ... read more
Australian rockers The Smith Street Band have carefully studied the anatomy of an effective folk punk song. Though some of Wil Wagner’s lyrical instincts veer in more of an emo direction, “Don’t Waste Your Anger” is filled with songs that gradually build towards rousing, rowdy singalong finales, designed to get an entire bar or concert hall swaying and raising their pints. There’s something intoxicating about these maximalist swells, though they’re perhaps ... read more
The Folk Punk band, The Smith Street Band, come back in 2020 with their 5th studio album which seems then tone done the folk punk sound a bit more for a more indie rock oriented emo sound but there is still a strong emphasis on folk punk. Like many others, I found this band due to their 2017 release “More Scared of You Than You Are of Me” and well it is a slight decreased in quality.

In all honestly, the decrease in quality is more due to two reasons, 1) the production can often ... read more
'Don't Waste Your Anger' is a self-affirming new punk-rooted, rock exploration that presents cathartic singing and scrutinising examination of a simple, but purposeful break-up. Will's vocal performances on this album are shaky, but it's their rugged nature that adds such a distinct sense of melancholy, heartache and acute enlightenment. The stunning opener, 'God Is Dead' sets the scene for a passionate revolt and anger's beset. Other notable tracks were the full-on, pour of emotion, 'Losing ... read more
2019 had been quite a difficult year for The Smith Street Band’s Wil Wagner in the public eye; having been involved in a publicised controversy which revealed the messy end of one of his past relationships. With that context in mind, the lyrics on his band’s fifth album Don’t Waste Your Anger feels like a raw account of Wagner’s emotional state throughout the ordeal.

“Tragedy is comedy if you can get through it”, Wagner sings on the cathartic opening track ... read more
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Added on: April 8, 2020