More Scared of You Than You Are Of Me The Smith Street Band Pool House/Remote Control Although the album title is a heavy statement that speaks to the Smith Street Band’s typical punk-rock angst, the Melbourne rockers’ fourth release is undoubtedly their most emotionally diverse. Lead vocalist Wil Wagner has continued his lyrical mastery of Australian pub rock sensibility — delivered through his trademark gritty, half-singing, half-yelling vocal style — but this time there are far more shades of light, dark and everything in between. More Scared of You Than You Are Of Me charts the cycle of a relationship, from the thrilling beginnings and dramatic end to an eventual fresh start. It’s a tumultuous journey, somewhat mirrored in the varied and undulating dynamics of each song. There’s a raw and honest quality to everything Smith Street delivers, with an infectious energy that makes every listen feel like a live show, one that you can’t help but yell along to. First single Death to the Lads is a highlight, a rousing anthem about growing up that came in at No 21 on last year’s Triple J Hottest 100. Passiona, Young Once and Laughing (Or Pretending to Laugh) are more stripped back, relaying visceral emotion through bare guitar lines, lighter drums, electronic distortions and Wagner’s heartbreaking colloquial Aussie laments. For people who don’t usually listen to heavy Australian rock, the Smith Street Band can be confronting at first, but beyond the rough edges there is so much musical and lyrical depth to enjoy.