The Smyths will be playing at Southampton's Engine Rooms on January 27th as part of their Unite and Take Over Tour. And no, that's not a typo. Morrissey and co. will not be getting back together and back on stage, the Smyths are a tribute band that aim to not only play your favourite Smiths songs but to capture and recreate the sound and the spirit of a Smiths live show.
The 'Unite and Take Over' tour gets its name from a line in the Smiths song 'Shoplifters of the World Unite'. The tour is being held to celebrate 30 years of Morrissey's solo career and the set will feature both solo Morrissey hits and your favourite Smiths songs.
The Smyths formed in 2003, a little over 20 years after the Smiths themselves formed. Singer Graham Sampson and fellow bandmates had grown up listening to the Smiths and they were all passionate about their music. They wanted to create something different from your average tribute band, something they saw as "a world of silly wigs and props." They wanted to create a genuine tribute to the Smiths, and an opportunity for many Smiths fans who would never get to see a true live Smiths show to experience the essence of what it was like.
Preparations involved more than just preparing the music, the Smyths capture the mannerisms, energy, presence and look of the band. Watch them live and it's clear they're not the only ones passionate about the Smiths as the entire room erupts for each and every song. It's a celebration of fans, and a nod to the band that made such an influence on a lot of people. Since forming the Smyths have played shows all over the UK and overseas, they even performed to a packed out tent at Glastonbury in 2017.
Tickets for the Engine Rooms show are £14.57 and are available for purchase online or by calling 0800 688 9311. Like most Engine Rooms shows, tickets are restricted to people 14 years and older. Doors open at 7pm.
To hear a little more about the Smyths check out this video with the Paul Morley from the Guardian.