Smarts – Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?
Melbourne egg-punk supergroup Smarts are at their frantic best with debut album release 'Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?'
'Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?' is the first album from Australian ‘egg punk’ supergroup Smarts. Formed in 2018 Smarts are; Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Alien Nosejob, etc. etc.) on drums, Stella Rennex (Parsnip, Nightclub) on saxophone, Mitch Campleman (Living Eyes, U-Bahn) on guitar and Billy Gardner on vocals and bass (Ausmuteants, Living Eyes etc. etc. etc.).
Combining a frantic, yet raw, yet stripped down, yet fast-paced rhythm with an OCD side to it with almost childlike tantrum riffs, the album punches the eardrums for good pleasure with energetic, short and humorous songs. You want to either pull your hair out or just dance alone at home, in your pants.
After a boiling live performance on Button Pusher’s channel a few months ago, this long-awaited full length dropped in October 2020 on Gardner's own Anti Fade Records.
From start to finish this record rips and every song slaps a fair bit. ‘Cling Wrap’, the first single, is an instant epic with throbbing saxophone and very high punk energy.
The teasing introduction of ‘Smart Phone’ is pretty spectacular – you’re itching with adrenaline knowing that something is about to arrive until you can hardly wait any longer. The song is about smartphones after all; you want that dopamine rush, don't you?
‘Individuality’ is another great one – it’s fun, like Blurt meets Vodovo meets Suburban Lawns.
Smarts achieve a miracle with this first album; hyper energy, jerky rhythms, fuzzy guitar, crazy saxophone and the stilted voice but under speed. The production is lively and successful and the group lines up a collection of efficient, ambitious and truly amazing songs.
PS: This album is certified to make you smart!