New Jersey’s Smithereens relive 1988 glory days with album and tour

Smithereens’ frontman Pat DiNizio talked to Mario Tarradell of the Dallas News about the band’s latest album “2011” and it’s similarities to their first two releases “Especially For You” and “Green Thoughts”, released back in 1986 and 1988.

“We wanted to create a Smithereens album that we felt captured the sound of the band from that period, which is what we still sound like onstage,” DiNizio, 57, said from his New Jersey home. “We wanted to remain true to our roots. We wanted to bring folks back in time, give them a sense of dependability and reliability in a world that is changing at a brisk pace. Our goal is to be there for the audience, preserve our sound, and be better than we were 20 years ago.”

The Smithereens travel to Texas this weekend, to play the a Halloween show at the Houston Bash on Sat. Oct. 27, and the Granada Theater in Dallas on Sun. Oct. 28.

UPDATE: The Sunday Oct. 28 show in Dallas has been regrettably cancelled, due to the prevailing extremely dangerous weather conditions on the east coast caused by hurricane Sandy. Stay tuned for details on a make up date.

New Jersey’s Smithereens relive 1988 glory days with album and tour

by Mario Tarradell
Dallas News
October 24, 2012

“There is something special about Especially for You, Green Thoughts and, consequently, 2011. Those albums capture the Smithereens’ sonic signatures — clean melodies, catchy but never cloying choruses and power pop energy with rock ’n’ roll heart.”

The Smithereens

The Smithereens – Jim Babjak, The Thrilla, Dennis Diken, Pat DiNizio