The Smashing Times - "This Sporting Life" [KLP293/PRNL51]




the Smashing Times “This Sporting Life” LP

“I know where Dan Treacy Lives”
And so do you if you live in Baltimore
You may try to look them up neé Barrett, neé Clark
But just ask the Postman, they reside under the name
The Smashing Times.
Known poets about town, Filthy mother nature’s sons
Called out for Tea Cozies and old wrinkled clothes
But put on ‘oh so well’- with Jangle and Verve
“the night belongs to poets and madmen"
Drinking cups of hot tea after a dance alone in the rain
A Tom Courtney Movie plays in the background.

Oh so surreal.
14 tracks 33RPM


Featuring Thee Jasmine Monk and Zelda-Anais as well as scene stalwarts Britta Leijonflycht, Paul Krolian, Blake Douglas. Recorded by JAZ and Miles Waltuck, the band in Baltimore, MD. Mixed by Miles Waltuck of Southern Oracle. Mastered by Amy Dragon.

When you call your band Smashing Times you can’t help instantly getting the flavour of the Television Personalties and Dan Treacy but on their second album, the band deliver that and so much more. This really is a fusion of psychedelic, twee and freakbeat that will make your heart skip and your head smile. The guitars shimmer, strum and jangle whilst the vocals float effortlessly on top of the efficient rhythm section. Every song is a bundle of energy with hooks that come both instantly and after multiple plays. Without doubt, if it had been recorded in the 80’s would have been released on Whaam or Dreamworld but luckily for you pop kids this 2023 and K have the honour of releasing it. (Sean Forbes)

The Digital Version of this Album is Available via Bandcamp


Glorious Tales of Wes
Tuesday, Coming Into Time
This Sporting Life
Let's Be Nice With Johnny
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
She Was Dancing Alone In The Rain
Dream Of 1000 Cats
Burgulary In Belvedere
A Void About Town
Whatever The Postman Says
Where is Rowan Morrison
Peppermint Girl