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Don't Waste Your Anger

by The Smith Street Band

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Alan Adkins They’ve done it again. The Smith Street Band make great records. Different enough to be interesting, familiar enough to be fun. Phenomenal. Favorite track: The End Of The World.
Briana Manente
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Briana Manente I saw TSSB years ago on accident. They were just opening. It genuinely fucked me up how good they were - I don't think I took a breath the whole set. I've worked in the European music scene, been in and out of all the best underground bars... Nothing ever hit me so hard - and I've never felt differently for a second. This album is incredible. The sound is addictive as hell and Wil... Man you definitely sold your soul for those lyric skills. Your sacrifice means a lot. Thanks Bro 💜
benmoranable
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benmoranable So excited for this! Favorite track: I Still Dream About You.
warsome
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warsome From the album artwork to the arrangement of the songs, this is a(nother) stellar offering from TSSB. Love it
luke_k
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luke_k Keep up the good work x Favorite track: God Is Dead.
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nickii3 Because its amazing! One of there best albums yet!
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    No One Gets Lost Anymore
    Don't Fuck With Our Dreams
    Throw Me In The River
    More Scared Of You Than You Are of Me
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    More Scared Of You Than You Are of Me
    Don't Waste Your Anger

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    No One Gets Lost Anymore
    More Scared Of You Than You Are of Me
    Don't Waste Your Anger

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1.
God Is Dead 04:17
Sobrieties good but so’s being high Society is fine with the passage of time I try slow it down so I can unwind Tragedy is comedy if you can get through it Perspective’s impossible from this position I don’t care either way don’t make it my decision I’m not the one with the plan I’m the one with the vision Tragedy is comedy if you can get through it God is dead and reality is fake It’s a hive mind nightmare of a dying race And there is no luck and there is no fate And nobody cares about you or your pain But that becomes freedom if you look at it that way I’ve always been more distressing than cool I’m a blood nose on the first day of school My own quiet life at the bottom of the pool Tragedy is comedy if you can get through it Come along way from a neck in a noose Look me in the eye and call that an excuse Wasn’t sure what to make tight or keep loose Was never a Boy Scout so I fell straight through it I wanna be the boy at the bar mitzvah the child at the christening The corpse at the funeral the bride at the wedding And none of this matters but we shouldn’t just stop Not with all this perpetual motion we’ve got Or we had who knows not like I’m going to shows I’m pissing in the wind I don’t know which way it blows Coming straight outta Box Hill Like a bat out of hell If you’re not gonna forget me remember me well
2.
Big Smoke 03:31
That first winter in the forest We blew big smoke at the snow Explored the tracks along the reservoir And made friends we weren’t obliged to know Slept naked by the fire and made angels with our bodies Used your spirit as a blanket that was big enough to cover me I wanna live in a beautiful world And I don’t know how I’ll do it without you It was a warm night in September The air was filled with distant laughter We had walked down to the water To dare each other to dive in The waves were ruining my only Pair of pants that are not jeans But at least now there’s a story and a memory of how you looked at me There’s a deep and violent sadness That grows in me as I get old A kind of concentrated madness Smashing Telecasters in my soul I understand the irony that having someone next to me Does not offer security and in the end I always leave
3.
I think I’d feel better just without the noise I’m coming into the void and I hope that it likes me I know my hand landed in the dark where it did You can scratch you can spit and I think that I’m chicken shit You said no one had kissed you quite as much as I had And it made me feel sad and scared of more kissing I said what I fear most from you right now is hope Let’s just stroke our egos and then talk in the morning I still dream about you And I don’t know if I want to but I do Maybe this is the thing that I never get through I’ll try to remember but I’ll probably forget The first night that we met and you sunk your teeth into me And I’ll fondly regret all my lost friends and dead pets What I wish I’d said to them when I had the opportunity We did the dumb thing in the scary motel Lucy said I was a dickhead Lucy knows me too well But I am nothing like the boys from your town No I am nothing like the boys you grew up around
4.
Dirty Water 04:13
I wash my face in dirty water as our lives go in and out of order Sometimes your hands feel unfamiliar on the back of my neck I do not care for this time travel as we unwind and we unravel In a couple hundred square foot capsule that neither of us respect Said your mother didn’t make mistakes Til she left your dad and raised the stakes On the nervous jitters your heart makes When your changing t shirts and changing lanes I have fallen out of love with people I have fallen out Theres a dumb god in the distance theres a dump truck in our souls Ask for nothing it makes no difference we grow up just to get old There are secrets beyond train lines fear the future nostalgia weaponised To buy a life we can’t afford we lose young minds in culture wars And I was never one to cut the brakes I was never keen on raising stakes I get nervous catching planes always swapping t shirts and changing lanes
5.
Standing in the backyard of someone I barely know Hands are shaking trying to get reception in the snow I was selfish I was angry for a while after the decision I missed you in Berlin but missing you was nothing new I just hoped to see the city from a different point of view Came down hard and heavy on myself after difference of opinion Nothing gets better so enjoy what you have You’re gonna get angry and you’re gonna get sad The earth is slowly burning none of us can really stop All this repetition and momentum that we’ve got Today I’m trying to work out just how far aways the ground Tomorrow I’m in my bedroom with the things that I don’t talk about Find something to look forward to at the end of the world You’re gonna get angry and you’re gonna get hurt
6.
Losing It 03:39
Hard to sleep separately in a one bedroom apartment Thought I’d go out and be reacquainted with the darkness The things that we have both said lie scattered round the bed Don’t wanna step on their tails or they’ll jump straight in my head And there’s an hour where I’m the only living boy in town I pick up the bad things I consume them all down What am I growing into? Am I alright on my own? Simple answerless questions for the recently alone I’ll make mistakes and I won’t give you the right answers Can I suggest that we get dressed and just go home You get your keys I’ll get my coat we’ll play R.A.P Music on the snowy road And if I loved you like you love me maybe then I could get healthy See the disappointment in your eyes When I sneak out and get high And you will give me second chances Even when I don’t deserve them I’ll let you down In love for now Hard to admit I’m losing it
7.
Profiteering 03:37
Everything’s fucked Everything’s fine Everyone sucks Everyone’s lying The converts are the most devout But they don’t always know what they’re talking about I remember sitcom end scene door closed lovers I remember soft fade outs on clean white covers And you don’t wanna talk about it? Everyone cares Everyone sings Everyone here’s Profiteering Some things feel worse some things still sting Progress will hurt we’re progressing Be a good man among poorly raised men Don’t know how I can be vulnerable again Lip service paid to my mental state means nothing to say it was always ending this way I know I’m not real and I’m just a cartoon but you don’t know how it feels to be escaping you And everything’s fucked and nothing is fine and everyone sucks and everyone’s lying And we’re all still broke but we’re gonna be fine I’m finding my hope but these things take time
8.
It's OK 03:30
If you’re thinking that one day you will go That our love will take a turn or two but it’s a dead end road Then leave me on the footpath out the front of your front door Cause I don’t think my heart can take the beating anymore Yeah I understand doesn’t mean this doesn’t hurt The ground we’re on is shaking I feel it rise up through the dirt Can’t look you in the eyes I field my questions to the floor Say it’s okay if you don’t wanna do this anymore It’s okay if you don’t love me anymore And I’ll try my best to not blame you And I’ll cling tight to my own truth My friends think I am bulletproof but actually I’m feeling kinda lonely I wanna see you tonight The forest had been ransacked by the out of season storms As I danced around in the debris and you ignored my calls But the past doesn’t ring doorbells it kicks in your bedroom walls Remembers all the pick me ups and reminds you of the falls I am growing I am changing what I want from life seems mad I want a big house in the country and I want to be a dad And if you don’t want the same things it’s alright I understand I just won’t lean to hard on you while you make other plans Lately I’ve been feeling pretty empty So if you’re thinking that one day you will leave That our love will take a turn or two but you’ll wind up sick of me Then maybe as I turn the wrong way up Elgin Street There’s some hope for the future in this immediate defeat And we’ll understand each other and both acknowledge the pain And I hope it’s not too uncomfortable when I see you again I’ll look you in the eyes and with the purest intent I’ll say I love you and I’m sorry that it ended up this way I love you and I’m sorry
9.
I have these bursts Moments of clarity I have these blurs Tantrums at reality I miss your body I miss your spirit The world’s a better place with you in it I’m crying in the morning I’m laughing in the afternoon I don’t know why anything’s happening forever a bit confused Take myself out to the ocean drown my body out to sea End the internal commotion and the thought the whole world’s only happening to me I had that dream again I’m crying in the morning just didn’t feel like myself Find it incredibly boring how much everybody talks about everyone else All these victorious values discarded in an afternoon Leaves me a bit confused Had that dream again Where we all get sent to heaven I’ll get clean again In the car park behind the 7 11 Had that dream again Everybody talks about everyone else
10.
Everything went straight out the window like When we’re smoking in the rental car Little embers and fires pinwheel into the night There’s still a hundred kilometres to where you are Fell asleep with the blinds open So I could wake up with the sun It would instil a sense of hope and I’d go out and be someone I’m my best when I’m forgiving Life is hard to keep on living Everyone walked straight out the back door like The police showed up in the front yard Little flickers and fights dissolve into the night I’m still not myself from what you said in the car I am not sure what I am saying Doubled over like I’m throwing up or praying Knees on the floor of the downstairs shower I taste salty tears, artificial flowers Don’t waste your anger Don’t waste your anger on me I’ll remember you the way you want me to I’ll remember you the way you told me to The ghosts of our handprints in old cocaine on the mirror I lick your fingers and I feel clearer I have disasters coming for me This room has angles only you’d see

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released April 17, 2020

Recorded & Mixed by Fitzy at Bush House Studios
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering

Written and Performed by The Smith Street Band
Wil Wagner, Lee Hartney, Fitzy Fitzgerald, Matt Bodiam, Jess Locke & Lucy Wilson

Art by Jess Locke
Text by Will Johnstone
Layout by Axil Lonergan
Photography by Ian Laidlaw, Bosma, Wil & others

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Viva La Rev is The Smith Street Band’s first release since April, when their latest studio album Don’t Waste Your Anger debuted at #1 on the ARIA Charts. It is also the second live album from the band this year, following on from Live At The Triffid which debuted at #4 on the ARIA Charts & #1 on the ARIA Australian Artist Album Charts. ... more

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