The Smith Street Band pay homage to Aussie rock legends AC/DC with new video clip for track ‘Shine’. The original – filmed for influential music television show, Countdown – was directed by the legendary Paul Drane (pictured with the band, above) who also shot clips for the likes of Little River Band, Skyhooks and Cold Chisel.
Jumping on the back of a flatbed truck, The Smith Street Band took to the main street of their hometown of Footscray a few weeks back to shoot the video which emulates AC/DC’s iconic 70’s film clip for ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)’.
The video features a choir of lead singer Wil Wagner’s sister Lizzie Wagner along with Jess Locke, Mel Calia, Laura Quattrocelli, Sara Patrick and Ciume Lochner as well as cameo from Lachlan McSwain on bagpipes.
“There aren’t many more iconic Australian music videos than the one for AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top’! The footage of the band driving down Swanston St on the back of a flatbed truck to the delight and bemusement of passing pedestrians is such a nostalgic and wonderful image. We’ve talked a lot about recreating that music video and after living in and falling in love with Footscray for the last few years we found the perfect place to do it! But what we didn’t expect was to get to work with the one and only Paul Drane who not only directed the famous AC/DC film clip but has also worked with basically every Aussie band worth their salt! So with a lot of help from our friends and the local council we set up our stuff on the back of a truck and drove through Footscray playing our song ‘Shine’. It was a fun, funny and surreal day that was perfectly captured by Paul and his team in this clip!” – Wil Wagner.
‘Shine’ is taken from The Smith Street Band’s fourth album ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ which debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart in their native Australia. The band head out on tour around Australia this week visiting some of the most iconic venues around the country before they make the trip to Europe and the UK for a headliner on these shores. Dates are selling fast with the London show at The Garage already sold out.
THE SMITH STREET BAND ‘More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ European Tour:
Tue 20 Jun | About:Blank | Berlin, DE ^
Wed 21 Jun | MTC | Cologne, DE ^
Thu 22 Jun | Kesselhaus | Wiesbaden, DE ^
23–25 Jun | Southside Festival | Neuhausen ob Eck, DE
23–25 Jun | Hurricane Festival | Scheessel, DE
Sat 24 Jun | Jera On Air | Ysselsteyn, NL ^
Mon 26 Jun | JC Kavka | Antwerp, BE ^
Wed 28 Jun | Joiners | Southampton, UK *^
Thu 29 Jun | Cavern | Exeter, UK *^
Fri 30 Jun | The Exchange | Bristol, UK *^
Sat 01 Jul | Sound Control | Manchester, UK *^
Sun 02 Jul | Bodega | Nottingham, UK *^
Tue 04 Jul | Fibber Magees | Dublin, IE *^
Wed 05 Jul | Voodoo | Belfast, IE *^
Fri 07 Jul | Stereo | Glasgow, UK *^
Sat 08 Jul | The Cluny | Newcastle, UK *^
Sun 09 Jul | Brudenell Social Club | Leeds, UK *^
Mon 10 Jul | Owl Sanctuary | Norwich, UK *^
Tue 11 Jul | The Hope | Brighton, UK *^
Wed 12 Jul | Garage | London, UK *^ – SOLD OUT