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January 15, 2019



A few years ago, I teased my mom that she was maybe a little too old to be going to the Rolling Stones show down at the local stadium. Her answer: "Rock 'n' roll isn't for the young. It's what keeps you young. And besides, the Rolling Stones are older than me!"

From January 2017 to January 2019 -almost two years to the day- the Smugglers reformed to play six concerts in carefully selected North American venues and cities: 924 Gilman in Berkeley, California; the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC; the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto; Club Saw in Ottawa; Amigos in Saskatoon; and El Corazon in Seattle.

Along the way, we got to rock out with several of our all-time favourite bands and some new ones too, including the Muffs, Chixdiggit, the Mr. T Experience, the Young Fresh Fellows, Pansy Division, Brent's TV, the Groovie Ghoulies, Duotang, the Garrys, Needles//Pins, the Stand GT, the Exploders, all the bands at the Lookouting, the Ottawa Explosion, the Seattle Pop Punk Festival.

We NEVER would have predicted such an embarrassment of live rock 'n' roll riches. Every show was an amazing experience. It was SO FUN!

We'd like to thank everyone who came out to these six shows, and travelled great distances to see us, especially our dear friends Frank Leone from New York City (four shows), Time Bomb Tom Smith from Green Bay (four shows), Billy Bones from Vancouver, (four shows), Sacramento Sandra (three shows), Heather Peavey from New York City, Pat "The Shanker" Shanks (three shows), Megan Barnes (three shows), our roadie Ska-T (five shows), and the Smugglers wives: CC, Kathy, Soraya, Polly, and Jill.

That's it for the foreseeable future, unless a REALLY great offer comes along (Vegas, hint hint).

Between the five of us, we have nine kids now, and only Nick's eldest (now 22) is the only offspring to have ever seen the Smugglers rock out live. Who knows what the future will bring as long as we're healthy and able?

If you missed it, read the book (Dirty Windshields).

See you in the front row,

Grant / Dave / Nick / Beez / Graham
Your Smugglers

Bio

Formed when most of the members were still in high school in West Vancouver BC Canada, The Smugglers came of age during the grunge explosion, and came into their own in the pop-punk heyday of the mid-1990s while on Mint Records in their native land, and Lookout Records in the USA.

Releasing eight albums over the years of 1988-2004, the band's booze-fuelled, sweaty, and famously energetic garage rock shows (complete with dancing and kissing contests) took them across Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, the "Canadian Ambassadors of Rock 'n' Roll" collided with the Gruesomes, the Donnas, the Hives, Mudhoney, the Young Fresh Fellows, the Queers, Supersnazz, Fugazi, the Dwarves, thee Headcoats, the Mr. T Experience, the Mummies and many more. After a 13 year break, 2017 marked the return of the Smugglers in conjunction with lead singer Grant Lawrence's award-winning book Dirty Windshields: the best and the worst of the Smugglers tour diaries and a string of select reunion shows in Berkeley, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Seattle.

Current Members

Grant Lawrence - voice David Carswell - guitar, vocals Nick Thomas - guitar, vocals Beez - bass, vocals Graham Watson - drums

Past Members

Paul Preminger - drums Bryce Dunn - drums Adam Woodall - harmonica John Collins - bass Danny Fazio - drums
Shows

 There are currently no further shows scheduled... but never say never... the Smugglers' offspring (nine kids!) have still yet to see their dads rock out...


 
Music

music available from

Mint Records

Spotify

iTunes

music available from Mint Records, Spotify, and iTunes

2017  Dirty Windshields - The Soundtrack: The Best of the Smugglers - Mint Records (Canada - digital release only)

2004  Mutiny in Stereo LP/CD - Mint / Lookout / Screaming Apple (Canada / USA / Germany)

2002  "Useless Rocker" 7" picture disc – Supersonicrefridge Records (Italy)

2001  Smugglers / Mach Pelican split 7" – Corduroy Records (Australia)

2000  Rosie - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1998  Growing Up Smuggler - A Ten Year Anniversary Live Album - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout / Imposible / 1+2 (Canada / USA / Spain / Japan)

1997  Buddy Holly Convention - 7"/ CD EP - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1996  Selling the Sizzle - LP/CD - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA)

1996  Summer Games - 7"/CD EP - Mint / Lookout (Canada / USA) [split w/Hi-Fives]

1995  Señor Pantsdown - 7" EP - Rock and Roll Inc. (Spain)

1995  Whiplash! - 7" - 1+2 (Japan)

1995  Talkin' 'Bout You - 7" - Pin Up (Germany)

1994  Party Party Party Pooper! - 7" EP - Mint (Canada)

1994  Wet Pants Club - LP/CD - Radiation (Spain)

1994  Gotta Gotta Gotta - 7" - For Monsters (Italy) [split w/ the Hoods]

1994  Tattoo Dave - 7" - Top Drawer (USA) [split w/ Bum]

1993  In the Hall of Fame - All Time Great Golds - CD - PopLlama (USA)

1992  At Germany - 7" - Screaming Apple (Germany)

1992  Atlanta Whiskey Flats - LP - PopLlama (USA)

1991  At Marineland - 10" LP - Nardwuar (Canada)

1990  Up and Down - 7" - Nardwuar

Smugglers tracks on compilations

2004  "Lonely Christmas" on It's a Team Mint Christmas Volume 2 - Mint

2003  "Larry Where Are You" on Lookout Freakout 3 - Lookout

2001  "Buddy Holly Convention", "Rosie", "Rock n’ Roll Was Never This Fun" on Team Mint 2 – Mint

2000  "Flying Buttress Of Love" on Lookout! Freakout - CD - Lookout

2000  "Alan Thicke" on My So Called Punk Rock Life - CD - Melted

1997  "Rock 'n' Roll Was Never This Fun" on All Punk Rods Gearhead magazine LP/CD - Gearhead / Lookout

1997  "Cans Of Love" on You're Only As Good As The Last Thing You Did CD - Lookout

1997  "Keep On" and "Rock With The Smugglers Tonight!" on More Bounce To The Ounce" LP/CD - Lookout

1996  "Especially You" and "Elite Manilla" on Heide Sez CD - Lookout

1996  "To Serve, Protect And Entertain", "She Ain't No Egyptian" and "Barkerville" on Team Mint CD -Mint

1996  "She's A Runaround" on Here Comes The Summer:  A Tribute To The Undertones - CD/LP - Squaretarget

1996  "B.A.B.E." on En Guard For Thee - CD - Au Go Go

1995  "What Do You Want Me To Do" on Oh Canaduh - CD/LP - Lance Rock

1995  "Stop! Look! Listen!" on Skookum Chief Powered Teenaged Zit Rock Angst - CD/LP - Nardwuar

1995  "Amnesia" on 13 Soda Punx - CD/LP - Top Drawer / Munster

1995  "Supercar" on R.A.F.R. - CD - RAFR / Flipside

1995  "What'd I Do Wrong" on Upsalapalooza - CD - WMFU Records

1992  "Shes Got Everything" on Clam Chowder and Ice Versus Big Macs and Bombers - LP - Nardwuar

1989  "Revenge" on Oh God, My Moms On Channel Ten! - LP - Nardwuar

Contact

Contact: grantlawrence12@gmail.com

   

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