The Smyrna Band – New Day

The Smyrna Band
New Day
1984 Cherry Grove Records (SCR009)
Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA

  1. New Day
  2. I Have Been Thru the Fire
  3. The Way You Do
  4. Love Like There’s No Tomorrow
  5. You Keep Me Runnin’

This was kind of a surprise. I didn’t know there were any other Smyrna Band albums other that the 3 that I have already covered. Makes you wonder if there are any more? The sound here is still rock, but to my hears it leans a bit more towards country rock of The Eagles and maybe some classic 50s rock than their other hard rock or new wave leanings. “I Have Been Thru the Fire“ was re-recorded as “Thru the Fire” on the Morada Records version of In the Deep of the Night, but I don’t think the rest of the songs here appear anywhere else. As with many of their other releases, there is no list of who played on this.

Missing Information: who played on this?

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The Smyrna Band – In the Deep of the Night

The Smyrna Band
In the Deep of the Night
1984 Cherry Groove Records (SCR006)
Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA

  1. In the Deep
  2. Disneyland, USA
  3. Two Sides
  4. Final Notice
  5. The Game
  6. Never Gets Old

So this is an interesting album. It has the same record label name that Roy Suthard (rap) and One Accord (new jack swing) are on – but it is rock music that borders on hard rock. Also, this record label is in North Carolina, whereas the later releases has the label being in South Carolina. Did the label move? Or is it just a coincidence? Also, this is a 6-song ep, but there is also a full-length album by this band with the same album name on Morada Records in 1984 as well – with four of the six songs from this demo on there (and 6 new songs added). Weird. Usually I don’t hate or love these borderline hard rock releases, but this one has some good song writing and quality musicians, so it works well. It’s like they are doing the sound they like the most, rather than trying too hard to be rock like some other bands in this style end up sounding like. There was also another ep in 1985 on Lamb Records.

Missing Information: Who played on this?