Employing some rich 70’s guitar sounds with the uplifting, harmonic vocals that have marked releases through his career ‘til now, Ben Wright Smith has returned with brand new single ‘STORM BOY’ (listen below). The Melbourne songwriter has been a strong favourite with live music fans over the years and as a recording artist, he has made waves both in Australia and overseas too – his songwriting has continued to flourish off the back of his acclaimed 2017 debut album ‘The Great Divorce’.
To celebrate the release, we’ve tracked down some things you might not know about Ben Wright Smith.
Ben has recorded over five other albums which have never been released
While Ben has officially only released one record ‘The Great Divorce in 2017, it turns out that he has many unreleased albums locked away in the the vault. ‘I’ve always been the sort of person who just moves onto the next things so unfortunately a lot ends up on the chopping room floor’. ‘There’s some cool stuff in there, but I don’t really like looking back all too often so I don’t know whether any of it will really see the light of day, that might be good news for listeners by the way’.
Ben Speaks Spanish
A lot of Ben’s music seems to draw inspiration from places he’s visited around the world. While we enquired we discovered Ben in fact speaks Spanish and has spent a bunch of time abroad in Latin America. ‘I went and spent a bunch of time over there a few years ago. I don’t know why but some of those places always seem to pop up again and again in my songs’.
When he’s not touring Ben makes soap
When Ben’s not touring the country or making music he makes soap. ‘Yeah I sort of just fell into that one. I really like it though. We mix all the chemicals and it’s a bit like breaking bad or something. We make it all from scratch and and then let it sit and then carve it up with knife’s. We haven’t started a fight club or anything like that yet though’.
Growing up Ben always wanted to be a cartoonist
It turns out the music isn’t Ben’s first love. ‘Before I picked up a guitar or anything I was always drawing. I never really did any realistic stuff, just sad clowns, or characters with big heads. I’m a terrible painter but I can still draw pretty cool cartoons. I think sometimes the songs can sound pretty cartoonish at times too’.
Ben was in the Australian film ‘The Dish’
We also discovered at one-time Ben was a budding young actor. ‘I wouldn’t say that exactly. I had tiny speaking roll when I was a little kid in the movie ‘The Dish’. Unfortunately, on the day it came out, me and my whole extended family went to see the movie at the cinema and it turned out they cut my line. I vowed never to act again. You can still see a tiny version of me in the background of one seen staring straight into the camera!’
When & Where: The B East, Melbourne (single launch) – August 24.