Today The Smith Street Band announce their fourth album More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, released on Friday April 7 via their very own, newly established label Pool House Records.
To celebrate, The Smithies have shared their second single from the album, ‘Birthdays’ accompanied by a brilliant film clip directed by Neal Walters, who was also responsible for the heartwarming video ‘Death To The Lads’. The ‘Birthdays’ video tells a tale of growing up, love and technology. Watch the clip below.
A song about a chance meeting on a pier in Hobart, ‘Birthdays’ opens with lead singer Wil Wagner’s familiar tug at the heartstrings, and paints the style of detailed narrative that we have come to expect of Wagner’s lyrics. The track also ventures into new territory, featuring a synth-laden bridge, and introducing the guest vocals of former Smith Street tour buddy Jess Locke.
More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me was recorded in the picturesque surrounds of Stinson Beach, California at Panoramic House. The sessions were produced by longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock, engineered by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven, Hard Girls), mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Hold Steady) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bob Dylan, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen).