The great blog *Wilfully Obscure* published a review of *d.smith*’s _groping for luna, vol. 1_. Check it out:
Remember the band *Shirk Circus*? Yeah, I had a hunch you probably didn’t, but you can catch up on them via a feature I wrote in 2011, in memoriam of front-man Josh Silverman. Smith played bass for them, and from what I understand, _Groping for Luna, Vol. 1_ is his solo debut.
Alternating between muscular melodic rock and quieter reflective pieces, _Groping…_ is chockablock with sixteen pensive and considered numbers that tend to err on the side of melancholy. Comparisons to Bob Mould are inevitable, but if you’re anything like me you might also hear traces of likeminded singer songwriters including but not limited to Jon Sondgrass (Armchair Martian, Drag the River) and Mark Eitzel. Despite his weariness at times, Smith manages to brew up a howling, manicured maelstrom on some of _Groping’s_ most assertive slammers, nicely exemplified on “Worst Case Secnario,” and “An Ultimatum.”
_Chockablock_ is such a great word to use in a review, and I’m pretty sure that’s a word I’ve never seen in a review before.
You can check out *Wilfully Obscure* and download two free d.smith tracks for a limited time “here”:http://wilfullyobscure.blogspot.com/2014/11/graig-markel-and-88th-st-band-st-in.html