The Smugglers

Members:
David Carswell: Guitar, Vocals
Grant Lawrence: Vocals
Nick Thomas: Guitar, Vocals
Beez: Bass, Backing Vocals
Graham Watson: Drums

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Smugglers. Whether it be playing smoky clubs around the world, releasing countless slabs of hot wax on only the finest indie labels, or churning out hilarity in their infamous on-line tour diaries, the Smugglers have but one goal: TO ENTERTAIN. From Vancouver, BC Canada, The Smugglers are one of the longest lasting, most energized and entertaining bands to ever burst from their beloved frozen north. Forming back in 1988, Canada’s greatest ambassadors of rock ‘n’roll music weren’t supposed to make it out of their parents’ basement, let alone into the twenty first century, but here they are, ready to rock and never stop.

The Smugglers formed at Hillside Secondary School in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. Heavily under the influence of Black Label beer, hashish, and the raw rock’n’roll sounds of the Sonics, the Cramps and the Stones, the five sixteen year olds were dubbed “The Smugglers” by their high school buddy Nardwuar The Human Serviette. >From their ugly beginnings in church basements, malls and warehouses opening for heroes like the Gruesomes and NoMeansNo, the band slowly grew up to weld their influences of great punk and rock’n’roll into a wildly energetic show all their own. The Smugglers took their sweat, suits and boots on the road and, a dozen-plus years later and still in their late-twenties, continue to tour to every pocket of North America, as well as sojourns into the uncharted wilds of Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

The Smugglers live show is a legendary tour de force of energy and charisma, involving wild antics and audience participation with such now-beloved stunts as the dance contest (complete with a trophy to the winner – over 500 given out in more than twenty different countries), kissing contests, and Smugglers “dream dates”.

The Smugglers have been fortunate enough to share the stage with other such notable peers as the (International) Noise Conspiracy, the Donnas, the Hives, the New Pornographers, the Mr. T Experience, the Queers, Rocket From The Crypt, Fugazi, Supersnazz, Southern Culture On The Skids, NoMeansNo, The Gruesomes, the Young Fresh Fellows, Fastbacks, and many more. Over the years, The Smugglers have amassed an incredible and hilarious collection of tell-all tour diaries, which are infamous with fans. The tour diaries are available for all to read unedited and uncensored on the Smugglers site, http://www.thesmugglers.com. One young fan once confessed to lead singer Grant Lawrence that the tour diaries “taught her everything” she knows about sex!” Ouch!

Over their long career, The Smugglers have bounced from label to label, always independent, including Vancouver’s Nardwuar Records, Seattle’s PopLlama Products, and then back to Vancouver’s Mint Records. From Mint, the Smugglers have licensed records around the world to such labels as Berkeley, California’s Lookout Records, Tokyo’s 1+2 Records, Australia’s Corduroy Records and Spain’s Imposible Records. All tolled, the Smugglers have amassed a mighty seven albums and several singles, EPs and compilation tracks worth of young, loud and snotty vinyl and CDs.

The Smugglers have always been lucky enough to work with great producers including Conrad Uno (“At Marineland” 1991, “Atlanta Whiskey Flats” 1992, “In The Hall Of Fame” 1993, “Wet Pants Club” 1994), Mass Giorgini (“Selling The Sizzle” 1996) and Kurt Bloch (“Buddy Holly Convention” 1997, “Growing Up Smuggler” 1998, “Rosie” 2000).

With the recent entrance of the new century and the strength of The Smugglers current album “Rosie”, the future, as always, is indeed Rosie for Your Smugglers.

Discography:

L235 Lookout! Freakout
Compact Disc
(July 2000)

L236 Rosie
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(January 2000)

L215 Forward Till Death
Compact Disc
(January 1999)

L199 Growing Up Smuggler
Compact Disc
(August 1998)

L193 Gearhead Compilation
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(March 1998)

L218 Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! NTSC (American format) Video Cassette.
(January 1998)

L187 The Last Great Thing You Did
Compact Disc
(October 1997)

L185 Buddy Holly Convention
7″ Vinyl / Compact Disc
(September 1997)

L154 More Bounce to the Ounce
Double Compact Disc / Double 12″ Vinyl
(June 1997)

L169 Heide Sez…
Compact Disc
(October 1996)

L136 Selling The Sizzle
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
(February 1996)

L129 Summer Games
7″ Vinyl / Compact Disc
(January 1996)

L219 PAL Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! PAL (European format) Video Casette.
(August 1998)