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Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?

by Smarts

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Australian pressing of 160 copies on opaque blue vinyl. Pressed in Melbourne by Zenith Records. Includes full colour double-sided insert.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $28 AUD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Feel It Records' third pressing of the Smarts LP - now with yellow header and on yellow wax!

    Have some copies on their way to Australia - should be here by late October. Orders will ship from then.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $28 AUD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 AUD  or more

     

  • "Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?" Navy Ringer Tee
    T-Shirt/Apparel + Digital Album

    Includes free download of "Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?".

    Design by Mitch Campleman. Printed on Ramo ringer, thanks to Sound-merch.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • "Who Needs Smarts, Anyway" T-shirt
    T-Shirt/Apparel + Digital Album

    Design by Mitch Campleman. Printed on Gildan 5000, thanks to Sound-merch.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Smarts Bundle: LP & Tee!
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Bundle includes: White LP + Gildan Natural t-shirt.

    Australian pressing of 300 records. 100 x white copies. Pressed in Melbourne by Zenith Records. Includes full colour double-sided insert, "Who Needs Smarts Anyway?" sticker + download code.
    T-shirt design by Mitch Campleman. Printed on Gildan 5000 Natural, thanks to Sound-merch.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Smarts LP - White Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Australian pressing of 300. 100 x white copies. Pressed in Melbourne by Zenith Records. Includes full colour double-sided insert, "Who Needs Smarts Anyway?" sticker + download code.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • Smarts LP - Black Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Australian pressing of 300. 200 x black copies. Pressed in Melbourne by Zenith Records. Includes full colour double-sided insert, "Who Needs Smarts Anyway?" sticker + download code.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

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Smart Phone 02:25
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Smart World 01:42
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Smart Man 01:16
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Smarts Theme 01:38
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Time On Time 01:55
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about

Smarts are a relatively new band that began playing shows around Melbourne and surrounds towards the end of 2018. Combining frantic, yet taut and rapidly paced rhythms amidst playful, almost child-like riffs and melodies that just about make you want to pull your hair out, Smarts are a sound of their own.
The band stemmed out of a bedroom demo that was recorded for fun a year earlier by Billy Gardner (bass, vocals) and Mitch Campleman (guitar) in Geelong. After letting it collect dust for 12 months, they assembled a band to perform the songs live featuring Jake Robertson on drums and Sally Buckley on synth; and released the four-song demo cassette, “Smart World”. Stella Rennex later joined the band, filling out the sound largely with her eccentric saxophone parts.
"Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?" was recorded by the band themselves over a weekend slumber in Geelong at the DIY studio setup; The Barracks, with finishing coats added in Melbourne before sending off to mix-master- Mikey in Rye. There’s a feeling throughout as if the whole thing could collapse into pieces at any moment, and just when you think it’s about to, Smarts weave their way out and into a new direction.
Points of reference could be compared to the quirkiness of LA’s Suburban Lawns or Geza X, as well as citing influence from modern sounds like Japanese band Vodovo and the ever-evolving Midwest American punk scene. It could even be viewed as a refreshing and original extension on the so-called “egg punk” genre.
"Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?" is the debut record from Smarts and it’s coming out through Anti Fade Records in Australia and Feel It Records in the USA from October 16, 2020.

credits

released October 16, 2020

All songs written and recorded by Smarts, 2019. Photos by Jamie Wdziekonski, layout by Carolyn Hawkins, 2020.

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