The new single and title track of The Smith Street Band’s forthcoming sixth album, Life After Football is out now with the news the album will land November 25th.
The song was penned after lead singer Wil Wagner escaped a “once in a lifetime” storm at the band’s studio. “I 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 out” said Wagner of the experience.
“We’ve all survived the storm (covid), we’ve all endured this once in a lifetime event and when you’re enduring that you don’t think about what’s next. Now we are living in what’s next and it’s weird and unfamiliar and a lot of the safety nets we thought would be there didn’t catch us. Because nobody thinks about life after football.”
Life After Football was recorded by the band’s bass player Michael “Fitzy” 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 Don’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 Don’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 TRACK LIST
- A Conversation With Billy Bragg About The Purpose Of Art
- When I Change My Name
- Everyone Is Lying To You For Money
- Life After Football
- Black T-Shirt
- A Conversation With Your Old School Friends About Negative Gearing
- I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever
- I Deserve Love
LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL OUT NOVEMBER 25
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