Eccentric-pop is what Anna Smyrk and the Appetites are about. And they do it very well. Flashback to 2009 and the band took out honours in the Queenscliff Music Festival Foot-in-the-Door competition. In 2012, Anna and her musical team released their debut album, Belly of Winter. Business became a whole lot busier after that. Hauling around a second-hand Jim’s Cleaning trailer, the band won fans everywhere from Ararat to Maroochydore. Funding from Arts Victoria enabled the recording of a full-length debut. “Anna Smyrk’s songs have such a charm about them. There’s a graceful understanding of all that has gone before, coupled with a determination to express what she thinks and feels, in her own beautiful way” – Charles Jenkins. Beav’s Bar, Geelong – September 1.