Indietracks interview #27: The Smittens

The Smittens are a six-piece indiepop band from Burlington, Vermont and a DIY twee pop explosion. Formed in 2002, The Smittens have been winning the hearts and minds of indiepop fans and discerning critics in the U.S. and abroad with an impressive and rapidly expanding catalog of fresh and fancy bubblegum-inspired revolutionary twee pop.

Accomplished songsmiths all, the six Smittens Max Andrucki, Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan, Holly Chagnon, David Zacharis and their newest member Emily Hilliard – switch instruments and songwriting to create brilliantly lyrical and hyper-catchy pop songs of all colours, shapes and sizes. The band’s third album, ‘The Coolest Thing About Love’, is out now on Athens, Georgia’s indie institution Happy Happy Birthday To Me.

Today we’re joined by Max from the band, and be warned, there’s a surprising amount of swearing in this (ie, some swearing).

Hi Max, tell us a little bit about The Smittens
We’re all white. Except that Dana is Jewish. And David is Greek.

What music are you enjoying at the moment?
Swedish dance pop, anything WeePop puts out, The Chiffons, The Free Design, M.I.A., The Just Joans, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, and along with all the other “Brooklyn” hipsters, we kinda like The Drums.

Tell us about an unusual place you’ve played a gig in the past?
On a mother-f__kin’ BOAT. In Bristol, UK. And at a kickball game.

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?
Sweden. and two inter-band weddings. and Max is gonna finish his PhD. And have lots of crazy sex. And as a band, we are doing some recording soon – a Tullycraft cover for a tribute comp, and some songs of our own… yet to be written. We are playing with the following song titles: ‘F__ you and your crafts’, ‘Drama queen’, and ‘Whack it ’til the candy comes out’.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?
We are really good at impromptu kitchen dance parties, and nonviolent interpersonal communication.

What’s going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?
Half a bottle of franks red hot.

And finally, do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?
No. In a good way!

Great – thanks Max.