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The Smittens – City Rock Dove

8 Jun

We’ve got a brand new album from The Smittens due in early August! Here’s a sneak preview from the album in the form of Cats for Cats, the first single taken from the new long player.

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The Smittens are a 6-piece indiepop band that make upbeat and introspective tunes, tinged with vulnerability and optimism. While sonically the elements of multi-layered harmonies, countermelodies and ba-ba-ba singalong hooks still play a large part in The Smittens’ approach to songwriting, as each of the 4 main songwriters has grown, the overall perspective of the songs seems a bit moodier, and more serious. They’ve long since left behind the label of being a ‘cute’ or ‘twee’ band since their debut album 15 years ago.

City Rock Dove is instead an album of transition, ennui and nihilism; honing in on personal politics and gender queerness. The album contends with the turbulent changes of modern America serving only to cement the status quo – and it’s not just the outside world that’s changing either: The Smittens are also singing about the changes in themselves and taking a hard look inside. Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) returned to mix the new album, having been instrumental in helping develop the richer textures first seen on 2016’s Love Record Breaker EP.

Pre-order City Rock Dove on 12″ heavyweight vinyl or digitally.

Catch them on their short UK tour on the dated below:
July 24 – Cambridge, The Blue Moon
July 25 – London, The Shacklewell Arms
July 26 – Sheffield, Cafe Totem
July 28 – Derbyshire, Indietracks Festival