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Albums Of The Week: The Smith Street Band | Life After Football

Sharp songwriting, literate lyrics & heart-on-sleeve sentiments — leavened with some optimistic defiance — hallmark the punky Australian indie-rockers' sixth full-length.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Smith Street Band’s sixth album Life After Football is the followup to the Australian indie-rock band’s chart-topping album Don’t Waste Your Anger, which was also recorded by bass player Fitzy at the band’s solar-powered studio in regional Victoria.


“It’s been a long time coming, trying to record around lockdowns and shutdowns and everything else was tough, but we’re so happy with what we’ve made and are very excited to show you,” said the Melbourne band’s lead singer Wil Wagner. “This album is more defiant than depressed, more upbeat than downtrodden and is inspired by a search for meaning and what’s next.

“We’ve all lived through a once-in-a-lifetime event — some of us have lived through multiple once-in-a-lifetime events — and it can be hard to come to terms with what we’ve been through and what comes next. But hopefully this summer feels like summers past and this album helps with that feeling a little.”

Featuring the singles I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever, Everyone Is Lying To You For Money, Life After Football and A Conversation With Billy Bragg About The Purpose Of Art, the album embodies The Smith Street Band’s trademark prolific songwriting while offering some of the shortest and fastest songs the band have released to date. Life After Football was mixed by Anton Hagop (Silverchair, Powderfinger) and mastered by George Georgiadis.”