Rock ‘n’ roll band The Smugglers are sharing their full-length In the Hall of Fame, and you can check it out right here at New Noise.
Listen to the album here:
Grant Lawrence shares his thoughts:
“We never thought this album would see the light of day again, and it was the only Smugglers album out of our eight or nine that never got released on vinyl. As a vinyl band from day one, that was always a regret of ours, but I never thought anything would come of it. But then, 30 years later, along came our friend Alex Botkin from Lava Socks Record—I give him credit for actually getting the Smugglers back together after a 13-year break, back in 2017, to play the 30th anniversary of 924 Gilman in Berkeley. That led to about five or six other Smugglers shows I never thought would happen. Then Alex stepped up and offered to put out ‘In The Hall of Fame’ on vinyl for the first time ever, so it’s a pretty special, lucky thing that these songs get to ‘officially’ see the light of day again thanks to him.
“The record did well when it first came out back in 1993: number 1 on campus and college radio in Canada and up there in the States as well, and it contains a lot of our audiences’ most favorite songs, like ‘Rock n Roll Was Never This Fun,’ ‘Vancouver BC,’ ‘Flying Buttress of Love,’ and ‘Shakedown.’ It got remastered by our good friend Mass Giorgini out of Sonic Iguana in Indiana, too. It sounds HOT! Can’t wait for rock ‘n’ roll fans to rediscover this one or hear it for the first time.”
Releasing eight albums over the years of 1988-2004, the band’s booze-fuelled, sweaty, and famously energetic garage rock shows (complete with dancing and kissing contests) took them across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Along the way, the ‘Canadian Ambassadors of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ collided with the Gruesomes, the Donnas, the Hives, Mudhoney, the Young Fresh Fellows, the Queers, Supersnazz, Fugazi, the Dwarves, thee Headcoats, the Mr. T Experience, the Mummies, and many more. After a 13-year break, 2017 marked the return of the Smugglers in conjunction with lead singer Grant Lawrence’s award-winning book Dirty Windshields: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries and a string of select reunion shows in Berkeley, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Seattle.
Preorder In the Hall of Fame here.
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