Q&A Scene: Ben Wright Smith

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We have a song coming out called Sandgrabber and it’s the first song from our new record which we’re working on. I hadn’t really been playing for a while because we’d been working on new tunes so I decided that I wanted to play a bunch of rural shows all around the country as well as the cities to get out of the big smoke and see some new places. If you live in Australia its most likely we will be in your neighborhood soon enough.  

What’s your favorite work at this point in time? 

Me and my friend Jacob Booty once wrote this song called ‘Lung Sandwich (Eat The Mud)’ which I really liked. Unfortunately we forgot how to play it so it may be lost forever but it was pretty cool.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Good question. Why would I describe my sound as food? Spaghetti and Olives in a Chocolate milkshake.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Once I bet on a greyhound called ‘Black Skull’ in Newcastle and won $100. I don’t condone greyhound racing by the way. It’s fucked.  

What, or who, inspires you?

Babies. Flowers. Morning dew. Fresh Coffee. Sadness.  

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Anything by The Drones.

What’s next for you?

I’m probably going to have a sleep after this.  

What’s your scene?

Kebab shops.

Troubadour and raconteur Ben Wright Smith began writing songs as a teenager. Described now as ‘one of the country’s most exciting songwriters’ (ToneDeaf), his journeyman-style storytelling has its roots in phsych-folk, alt-country and beat poetry.

Ben’s worldwide travels as a young twenty-something inspired a catalogue of hundreds of songs. [pullquote](No One) “Killer new tune… sits somewhere between The War On Drugs and Holy Holy”  – Dom Alessio, Triple J[/pullquote] With a guitar in tow, Ben travelled through Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Nicaragua, Cuba and Mexico – with brief forays into India learning the local language, and using music as a ‘way to remember the poems’ he had been writing. [pullquote]“After so many shows it’s rare for me to be utterly enraptured with an artist I’m not familiar with so early in their set but it’s especially pleasing, and Wright-Smith and band have me from the word go.” – Wes Fahey, Whatsound [/pullquote]

In July 2014, Ben released the Oscar Dawson produced  ‘In Parallel’ EP to a swathe of great reviews. He received airplay on community radio both in Australia and the US, and toured with the likes of D.D. Dumbo, Holy Holy, and Bertie Blackman.  Early 2015 found Ben Wright Smith releasing  single ‘No One’  featuring frequent collaborator Ali Barter on guest vocal duties.  Ben was fortunate enough to receive full rotation on national broadcaster Triple j. ‘No One’ peaked on the Amrap community radio charts nationwide reaching #1 in regional charts and #2 in the metropolitan charts. The success of ‘No One’ saw 2015 was a big touring year for Ben in having completed two national tours and supporting artist such Megan Washington, The Preatures, Meg Mac and Thelma Plum.

2016 has already kicked off at a frenetic pace with Ben teaming back up in the studio with his old high school friend  Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) which will culminate in  his debut Long Player being released later in the year.

The full band line up includes :- Andrew Braidner (Drums),Tyler Millott (Bass, Vocals),Jesse Williams (Keys, Guitar) & Nic Lam (Keys, Synths, Guitar) .

“A terrific new single” – Richard Kingsmill, Triple J

2016 is an exciting year for Ben Wright Smith, who has so far been hidden away in the studio with none other than his favourite writing buddy Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) putting the final touches on his debut album, due to be released later this year.  In need of some fellow human interaction & sunlight Ben Wright Smith has announced a slew of shows in both regional Australia & the capital cities.

We’ve been laying pretty low for the last little while working on a bunch of new songs so we’re all really excited to be playing again. This time we really wanted to broaden the scope of where we had been playing so were looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of new towns and cities which we’ve never been before”  – Ben Wright Smith 

Make sure you catch Ben Wright Smith at the following venues:

ben wright smith tour dates copyThursday 19th May – Sooki Lounge Belgrave
Friday 20th May – Western Port Hotel, San Remo
Saturday 21st May – Baha Taco’s, Rye
Thursday 26th May – 5 Sawyers, Newcastle
Friday 27th May – Waywards @ The Bank, Newtown
Saturday 28th May – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra
Thursday 2nd June – Shebeen Melbourne
Saturday 4th June – Major Toms, Kyneton

For more information, visit: benwrightsmith.com 



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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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