Don't Ask Smingus - Landslide

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You shouldn't ask... but if you have to, this is what you will come to know: Kraków, Poland is a city with an ancient and temperamental creative soul that craves the constant accompaniment of musicians. David Molus moved to this city from England and soon thereafter him and his guitar met Polish blues gunslinger Tomek Zapała.
Without the benefit of a common language, the two began communing through the songs of Dylan, Cash, Yorke, and, most importantly, Molus. Early on in this musical entanglement the two encountered the melodica wielding American Thymn Chase and he slowly became a squeaky third wheel - adding keyboards, vocals and melodica to the musical musings of Mr. Molus and Pan Zapała. The Smingus went through several incarnations over relevant lengths of irrelevant time until soul-brother Jarek Wyka firmly settled himself behind the kit and bass guru Kobra took up permanent residence in the deep end. Don't Ask Smingus is a Krakow based five-piece rhythm and blues rock band with a deep sentiment for folk, and a permanent penchant for raw, soulrattling lyricism.

Landslide is Don't Ask Smingus' first full length album and it covers a lot of ground stylistically, musically and lyrically. The heart of every Smingus song is Molus' driving acoustic guitar and his world-weary voice. The rhythm section's groove, the arrangements and often inspired solos all add color and depth to Molus' already powerful songs. Stylistically Landslide is a mixed bag and the Smingus dip into
everything from melodic alt-country (Going Home, Soldier On), roadhouse rock (No Tracks, Batman), epic indie-folk anthem (Laying Down Lies) and even throwback saloon blues (Kiss Goodnight). Where other bands might fall flat with such genre-bending - Landslide remains a cohesive collection of songs held together by Molus' raw and often profound lyrics, the band's impressive musicianship and the beautifully crisp production.

Landslide is being released by Loose Wire Records and distributed and marketed by Gusstaff Records. Don't Ask Smingus will be touring heavily in Poland, Central Europe and the great wide world throughout 2011. Their caravan will be rolling into a town near you before you know it. If you have any more questions, don't ask...Smingus

1. Going Home
2. Laying Down Lies
3. No Tracks
4. Soldier On
5. Landslide
6. Batman
7. Tide Up
8. Out Of Mine
9. Kiss Goodnight