The Smiths Indeed tribute band play the music of The Smiths (1982-1987)
"The Smiths Indeed are a brilliant tribute to The Smiths" (i-D Magazine, June 2009)
If there are two things that Americans traditionally embrace, it’s great rock bands and Englishness. So when they come together in one tantalizing dish, the ingredients are ripe for a great new musical feast.
Despite hailing from Manchester in the rainy, industrial North West of England, The Smiths lit up the drab mundanely of the 1980s music scene, setting a totally new agenda before a dramatic demise reminiscent of front-man Morrissey’s idol, James Dean.
To their army of devoted followers, The Smiths remain to this day far, far more than just a band. They were an attitude, a look, a whole way of life, a vital antidote to the self-important pomp and circumstance of the mainstream music of the time; giving a voice equally as poignant, humorous and tender to a whole generation.
There was a light and it never went out…
Since 2005, THE SMITHS INDEED have built a reputation as worthy torch bearers of this special band’s legacy, reproducing with uncanny accuracy the triumphant vibrancy and energy of the Smiths’ live experience of the Mid 80s; venues all over the UK and Europe have once again become bedecked with flying gladioli and the sweet sound of one of rock’s pioneering originals.
Now it’s America’s turn to enjoy once more. For a band as quintessentially English as The Smiths – the lyrics are steeped in references to obscure districts of Morrissey’s native Manchester and quotes from black and white British arthouse movies of his 1960s childhood – it was amazing how the States always embraced them.
Morrissey’s own links to American culture have always been strong, from James Dean through to running the UK fan club of seminal glam-rockers The New York Dolls, and of course he remains a resident to this day; an Englishman in LA.
TSI now bring the joy of The Smiths back to the USA for their first ever Stateside shows this Spring with five shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In both sight and sound, Belgian frontman Jürgen Wendelen quite simply is Morrissey’s body double circa the mid-1980s and the band have nailed down perfectly the unique sound of guitarist Johnny Marr, and the bass and drum partnership of Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce; developing a fierce following of their own among the notoriously hard to please hardcore Smiths fans. No mean feat. Morrissey famously introduced flowers to the rock and roll arena when he performed hit single This Charming Man on UK television in 1983 clutching a bunch of gladioli, and the band’s gigs subsequently became mass floral celebrations!
All The Smiths greatest anthemic songs will be performed here note for note. For old school Smiths fans craving some well-earned nostalgia, or for the sons and heirs who missed out first time, this is the time to indulge yourself.