The Smittens - City Rock Dove


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The Smittens are a 6-piece indiepop band from Burlington, Virginia that make upbeat and introspective tunes, tinged with vulnerability and optimism. Multi-layered harmonies and ba-ba-ba singalong hooks still play a large part in The Smittens’ approach to songwriting, but as each of the four main songwriters has grown, the overall perspective of the songs seems a bit moodier, and more serious.

Whilst unashamedly sweet, City Rock Dove is an album of  transition, ennui and nihilism, and a honing in on personal politics and gender queerness. The album contends with the turbulent changes of modern America serving only to cement the status quo. The album opens with the coming-out anthem 'Three States', Dana’s very personal tale of change. His vocals for the song were recorded over two years, during the course of his gender transition. It’s a window into vulnerability, fear, determination and growth: there’s beauty in complexity.

Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) returned to mix the new album, having been instrumental in helping develop the richer textures first seen on 2016’s Love Record Breaker EP

The band is friends first and open-hearted indiepop revolutionaries after that. Max Andrucki, Missy Bly, Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan, Holly Chagnon, and David Zacharis switch up instruments, song-writing, and singing to create catchy, harmony-driven pop anthems and queer love songs - always brilliantly lyrical, and often brazenly political.

“The vocal arrangements sound great, the reverb 1950s guitar sound wonderful. There will be no dancing at the indie disco to this and its all the better for it… Arguably their most important album to date.” - Neon Filler

“Each and every song they write is a rampant musical pleasure – they could force a smile on the sourest face.” - Bearded Magazine 

“To pull off diversity in sound is a feat in itself, but to do so with a coherent sound is pure magic. Somehow, The Smittens do just that without any sign of strain. May they continue with equal exuberance.” - The Big Takeover


  1. Three States
  2. Love is a Word
  3. We’re Gonna Fall
  4. Cats for Cats
  5. Season One
  6. Second Choice Girl
  7. Winter is Finally Here
  8. Infinity Pools
  9. Maybe It Is Me
  10. Hi from Vermont
  11. Kiss Me in the Morning
  12. On the Back of Butterflies
  13. Strong to Me (Warriors)
  14. Prince of Sweden


Pressed on 180g vinyl; includes download card.

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