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Ben Wright Smith
Following up one year after the release of his acoustic EP “Benny ‘The Kid' & Other Moonlight Ballads ” Ben Wright Smith’s debut album ‘Autumn Safari’ features a broad spectrum of alternative folk rock music. Drawing on influences from Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly, Tom Waits and Neil Young the album is diverse in style and is centered by wistful lyrics and powerful melodies.
The album ventures through various musical landscapes. The seamless transition between the woozy and haunting ‘Bad Glove’ and ‘Party On The Hill’ to the up‐beat Bass‐driven ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Magic Bean’ demonstrate a band who are as versatile as they are original.
The debut single ‘Been Thinkin About You’ has received airplay all over the globe as well as great praise from print and online publications alike. Unpaved described it as a ‘…a killer country pop tune’, Sound of Oz said ‘I’ve fallen hard for [This] romantic single’, and Papermash music said ‘Ben Wright Smith sings soulfully and cheerfully in this catchy alt country track’. It was also featured in Amrap’s Air It Charts for the ‘Top Ten Tracks Most Ordered For Airplay’.
A large part of the bands appeal has been accredited to their eclectic live show, which features multi‐instrumental jams and an endless circulation of material new and old. ‘Armed with the expertise and musical prowess of his co-instrumentalists, it’s quite clear from the get go that Ben Wright Smith utilizes each apparatus to compose a raw, folk infused set’. Warrick Goodman from Beat Magazine described one show "These lads can play... shaggy haired smith has a raspy character in his voice that echoes Bob Dylan at his best.."’ and independent blog music and culture blog Beaute De La Muse said ‘When you are watching a set, it is almost as as though you are listening to one long mythical tale, as he gives such life to the characters in his songs... Lyrics melodies compliment each other harmoniously, producing vastly vivid imagery for his audience…’.
Now in preparation for a second release, Ben Wright Smith & The Birthday Girls promise to be one of the most interesting and dynamic bands emerging from the Melbourne Rock n’ Roll Scene.