Sometimes I get complacent and stupidly think that I couldn’t love The Smith Street Band more than I already did, and then they go and pull something like this and I am proven completely and utterly wrong.
This time, the four Australian angels thought it would be a good idea to recreate AC/DC’s video for It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – original director Paul Drane and everything – for their track Shine taken from their latest album More Scared of You Than You Are of Me.
While the video quality is, naturally, a whole lot better, the new video maintains that amateur feel which made AC/DC’s so genuinely rock n roll back in the 1970s. I laughed the whole way through because it just looked like so much fun for everyone involved, and it’s such a sweet and humble dedication to classic rock. Like the original, the clip sees The Smith Street Band rolling down the street on the back of a truck as they are followed by who I can only assume are friends of the band, and there’s no way you can watch it without feeling infinitely happy. Regretfully, there are no bagpipes, but there is a nice lady that pops out of what looks like some form of takeaway to bring the lads a beer at the end.
The band filmed the video in their hometown of Footscray, Melbourne, with all of your typical Aussie shops rolling past in the background as the Smithies put their all into performing what is without a doubt my favourite track on their latest full length release. Every move these guys make reinforces them as down to earth music fans that just want to put out some tunes to help each other and make people smile.
I love them, and I love this, so, so much.