The Smith Street Band keen to kick off year at Big Day Out

The Smith Street Band Photo Contributed
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MELBOURNE'S The Smith Street Band is kicking off a busy year with their first Big Day Out show.

The indie punk four-piece is playing the Red Stage at the Melbourne Big Day Out on Australia Day before heading out on their own national Young Drunks Tour at the end of the month.

The band has actually been busy since the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album Sunshine & Technology in August.

Front man Wil Wagner says he's not sure what to expect from their debut Big Day Out show.

"The worst case is we get free tickets to the Big Day Out," he laughed.

"I'm not massively into going to the big festivals, but that's mainly because I'm broke all the time."

Wagner said he is keen to check out Death Grips and Childish Gambino, and possibly even stick around to see headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"There are far worse ways to spend the evening," he said.

"It's fun to watch bands like that that are just so on top of their game, to stand there and watch them be far better at instruments than I'll ever be."

The band has been getting a lot of airplay on national youth radio station Triple J, which has been showcasing them as Unearthed Artists.

He said their surging popularity, largely thanks to their relentless touring and Triple J, which has made their tours of the US, China and Australia a reality was inspiring and humbling.

"I haven't had time to sit down and process it," he said.

"We've definitely noticed at the shows a lot more people coming up and saying 'I heard you guys on Triple J'. It works."

While they played the capital cities after the release of Sunshine & Technology, the band's upcoming 19-date, Triple J-supported tour means they get to play more regional centres than in the past.

"It's something we've always wanted to do, so we're excited about it," Wagner said.

"Playing in smaller regional places, people appreciate it a bit more. When you're playing a show in Melbourne there's 50 other shows that same night."

The band plans to record their third album this year.

Wagner said he has already written another album's worth of new material.

"I'm pretty sure the more time I have to think about it more time I'll have to hate the songs and write new ones," he said.

"We've got March off, so we'll try to head down to the beach and spend a few weeks writing and then record in the middle of the year."

The Smith Street Band plays the Melbourne Big Day Out on January 26.

The Young Drunks Tour plays Brisbane's X&Y Bar on February 7, The Spotted Cow in Toowoomba on February 8, The Shed in Byron Bay on February 13 and Hoey Moey in Coffs Harbour on February 14.

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