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New single: Three States from The Smittens

13 Jul

Three States, the new single from The Smittens is out today!

“Three States is a coming out/transition anthem, I wrote this song amidst a need to capture the complexity of identity, politics, and everything so many of us get caught in between. There’s pressure on all of us to conform to certain standards, and it’s nearly impossible not to internalise the toxicity. The idea of three states came to me while driving back to Vermont after being at NYC Pride. It’s a window into vulnerability, fear, determination, growth, and ultimately, better living through modern day medicine. There’s beauty in complexity. What’s holding you back? What worlds are you caught between? May we all find the spaces in which we belong. Fuck the binary, baby.” The Smittens’ Dana

Pre-order the 12″ LP City Rock Dove now or listen to the new single on Spotify.

The Smittens “Love is a Word”

29 Jun

Love is a Word is the second new track from the forthcoming album City Rock Dove from The Smittens. You can pre-order your copy of the heavyweight vinyl or download now.

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

The Smittens on tour with Owl & Mouse

21 Jun

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The Smittens are heading over from Vermont to play a week of shows in the UK and Norway. Joining them will be Owl & Mouse, playing in support of their debut album, Departures.

Catch Owl & Mouse and The Smittens here:
July 3rd: Cardiff – Four Bars at Dempsey’s [Owl & Mouse only] Tickets
July 4th: Brighton – The Hope & Ruin (w/ King Of Cats, Moscow Centre) Tickets
July 5th: Leeds – Wharf Chambers (w/ The Seven Inches)
July 6th: Oxford – The Library (w/ Jess Hall)
July 7th: London – The Shacklewell Arms (w/ Tigercats) Tickets
July 8th: Moss, Norway
July 9th: Bergen, Norway
July 11th & 12th: Indiefjord, Bjorke, Norway (w/ The School, The Just Joans and more)

The Smittens “Love Record Breaker”

18 Aug

It’s finally out! Love Record Breaker is the new 10″ record from The Smittens. We’ve gone all out hand screenprinting six different cover designs, each numbered and limited to just 50.

“The vocal arrangements sound great, the reverb 1950s guitar sound wonderful. There will be no dancing at the indie disco to this and its all the better for it… Arguably their most important album to date.”
Neon Filler [8.5/10]

“there is nothing really to compare the Smittens with which is good in itself, so you just have to let you hair down a bit if you have some and listen to the simple sounds, chuckle at the naughty lyrics, pour yourself a dry martini and morph into a whore. Marvellous!”
Penny Black Music

Order Love Record Breaker here.

The Smittens – Love Record Breaker

11 Jun

We’ve got a new record from The Smittens out in August! Love Record Breaker will be an 8 track 10″ release, and we’re going all out on hand screen printing each and every one of the 300 copies… with 6 different designs, each numbered and limited to 50.

Love Record Breaker is available to pre-order now!

Barcodes video from Making Marks

23 Jul

Here’s the new video from Making Marks, recorded during their summer North American tour with Tigercats and The Smittens. See if you can spot members of both dancing throughout the video… It was recorded on the drive from a wonderful Richmond, Virginia house show on the way to a hectic show in Washington DC (and just before we blew a tyre on the interstate and limped the hire car back home).

The single comes out on the 5th of August on 7″ vinyl – both tracks are exclusive versions that won’t feature on their upcoming album, due out early 2014. There’s also a banging remix from Skantze on the download. Pre-order here (and pick up their debut 7″, Ticket Machine, at the same time).

25th July: Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, UK (Django Django, Soulwax, Regina Spektor…)
28th July: Indietracks, Derbyshire, UK (The Pastels, Camera Obscura, Helen Love…)
30th July: The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK (with The Ballet & The Felt Tips)
31st July: The Maze, Nottingham, UK (with The Ballet & We Show Up On Radar)
1st August: The Lexington, London, UK (with The Ballet & Without Feathers)
22nd August: Cafeteatret, Oslo, Norway