Ahead of their Australia Day performance at the Corner Hotel with pals The Bennies, Joelistics, Curse Ov Dialect, Fear Like Us, and Stockades, The Smith Street Band have unveiled a surprise new digital and 7″ single, ‘Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face’, a scathing attack on the Australian government’s treatment of asylum seekers.

The record comes packaged with Shaun Thatcher’s ghastly painting of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the cover and features the B-side ‘God in the Name of the Father’. Both of the songs were recorded in Forrest, Victoria as part of the sessions for the band’s critically acclaimed 2014 album Throw Me In The River.

The band and their longtime label, Poison City Records, have vowed to donate 100 percent of the digital sales until the end of February, and a large portion of the 7″ sales (including 100 percent o fall profit from records sold at the Corner Hotel on Australia Day) to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre are Australia’s leading organisation for asylum seekers. The ASRC are completely independent and receive no government funding and advocate directly on behalf of asylum seekers in Australia, assisting some of the most disadvantaged people in the community.

Both tracks will be available digitally from The Smith Street Band and Poison City Bandcamp sites from 9am tomorrow (Tuesday, 13th January). The ‘Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face’ 7” is officially out 23rd January, with pre-orders now available from the Poison City e-store.

Meanwhile, the band’s Australia Day performance will likewise raise funds for the ASRC, The Refugee Council of Australia, and Oxfam. In its fifth year running, the annual Australia Day fundraiser events have already raised over $25,000 for these great organisations.

The Smith Street Band National Tour Dates

Saturday, 24th January 2015
Railway Hotel, Darwin (TSSB only)
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Monday, 26th January 2015 – NEW SHOW!
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
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Wednesday, 28th January 2015
Musicman, Bendigo
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Thursday, 29th January 2015
Barwon Club, Geelong
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Friday, 30th January 2015
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
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Saturday, 31st January 2015 – SOLD OUT!
The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Sunday, 1st February 2015
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (Under 18s)
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Wednesday, 4th February 2015
Sol Bar, Maroochydore
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Thursday, 5th February 2015
Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
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Friday, 6th February 2015
The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
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Saturday, 7th February 2015
Crowbar, Brisbane (Under 18s)
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Sunday, 8th February 2015
The Northern, Byron Bay
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Wednesday, 11th February 2015
Coffs Hotel, Coffs Harbour
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Thursday, 12th February 2015
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
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Friday, 13th February 2015
Metro Theatre, Sydney
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Saturday, 14th February 2015
Factory Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
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Sunday, 15th February 2015
Magpies, Canberra (All Ages)
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Tuesday, 17th February 2015
Mariners, Batemans Bay
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Wednesday, 18th February 2015
The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
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Friday, 20th February 2015
Party in the Paddock, Burns Creek, Tasmania
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Saturday, 21st February 2015
Railway Hotel, Fremantle
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Thursday, 26th February 2015
Prince of Wales, Bunbury
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Friday, 27th February 2015
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
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Saturday, 28th February 2015
The Gov, Adelaide
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Sunday, 1st March 2015
The Gov, Adelaide (All Ages)
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