We hear: The Strokes, The Beach Boys, The Cure.
Singer/songwriter Ben Wright Smith has been subject to some major praise for his latest album The Great Divorce. And we can confirm, it’s all valid.
He’s taking the 11 tracker on tour this month so we decided it was time to sink our teeth in.
Produced by Oscar Dawson of Holy Holy, The Great Divorce features collaborations with Ali Barter and Tyler Millott (Husky, Ali Barter). Upon taking the album to the U.S, Ben worked with one of Australia’s most respected producers, Mark Moffat (The Saints, Yothu Yindi, The Divynls) and fine-tuned this baby into what it is today.
The influences throughout the album prove that Ben has a pretty sweet taste in music. We’re hearing elements of The Strokes, Brian Wilson and The Cure throughout. We also love the little nod to Weezer in the track ‘Where Do All Your Friends Go While You’re Sleeping’.
All in all, the album is a smorgasbord of indie, rock, folk and psychedelica and yeah we bloody love it!
Getting to know Ben
Milo or Nesquik? Milo
Butt tatt or neck tatt? Butt Tatt
Guilty pleasure song? I Touch Myself – The Divinyls
|Thurs 20th April||Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill||VIC|
|Fri 21st April||Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine||VIC|
|Sat 22nd April||Workers Club, Geelong cap||VIC|
|Thurs 27th April||Transit Bar, Canberra||ACT|
|Fri 28th April||Charles Sturt Uni, Wagga Wagga||NSW|
|Fri 5th May
Sat 6th May
|Charles Sturt Uni, Wagga Wagga
Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay
|Fri 12th May||Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine||VIC|
|Wed 17th May||The Triffid – Courtyard, Brisbane||QLD|
|Thurs 18th May||Treetops, Gold Coast||QLD|
|Fri19th May||Spotted Cow, Toowoomba||QLD|
|Sat 20th May||Sol Bar – Front Bar, Maroochydore||QLD|
|Thurs 25th May||Frankies, Sydney||NSW|
|Sat 27th May||Rad, Bar Wollongong||NSW|
|Fri 2nd June||The Loft, Warrnambool||VIC|
|Sat 3rd June||The Exeter, Adelaide||SA|
|Sun 11th June||Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine||VIC|
|Thurs 20th July||Sand Bar, Mildura||VIC|
|Fri 21st July||Sand Bar, Mildura||VIC|
|Sat 29th July||Northcote Social, Northcote||VIC|
Tickets to Ben’s album launch at Northcote Social Club are available here