The new single and title track of The Smith Street Bandâ€™s forthcoming sixth album, â€˜Life After Footballâ€™ is out today with the news the album will land November 25th.
The song was penned after lead singer Wil Wagner escaped a â€œonce in a lifetimeâ€ storm at the bandâ€™s studio. â€œI woke up around 5am to the sound of a tree hitting the roof and from the back deck I watched huge, ancient gums and blackwoods fall in rows all through the forest that had previously been such a source of calm. It got to the point that trees were falling every other minute and I felt like I had to get outâ€ said Wagner of the experience.
â€œWeâ€™ve all survived the storm (COVID), weâ€™ve all endured this once in a lifetime event and when youâ€™re enduring that you donâ€™t think about whatâ€™s next. Now we are living in whatâ€™s next and itâ€™s weird and unfamiliar and a lot of the safety nets we thought would be there didnâ€™t catch us. Because nobody thinks about life after football.â€
‘Life After Football’ was recorded by the bandâ€™s bass player Michael â€œFitzyâ€ Fitzgerald at the band’s studio in regional Victoria, mixed by Anton Hagop (Silverchair, Powderfinger, Missy Higgins) and mastered by George Georgidias. Featuring singles I Donâ€™t Wanna Do Nothing Forever and Everyone Is Lying To You For Money the new album follows on from the bands most recent studio release ‘Donâ€™t Waste Your Anger’ which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart.
The band collaborated with Melbourne based artist Kate Birell who painted the artwork for the album cover, of which there will be a limited vinyl pressing with alternative art by Will Johnstone.
‘LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL’ OUT NOVEMBER 25
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‘LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL’ TRACK LIST
1. A Conversation With Billy Bragg About The Purpose Of Art
2. When I Change My Name
3. Everyone Is Lying To You For Money
5. Life After Football
6. Black T-Shirt
7. A Conversation With Your Old School Friends About Negative Gearing
8. I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever
11. I Deserve Love
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THE SMITH STREET BAND
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Friday October 21 – Republic Bar, Hobart
Saturday October 22 – The Forth Pub, Forth
Friday October 28 – Astor Theatre, Perth
Sunday October 30 – Mojos, Fremantle (Wil solo)
Saturday November 12 – Vinnies Dive Bar, Gold Coast (Wil solo)
Sunday November 13 – The Triffid Garden, Brisbane (Wil solo)
Thursday November 17 – Ocean View Beach Club, Wamberal (Wil solo)
Saturday November 19 – Crowbar, Sydney (Wil solo)
Friday March 24 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
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