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Smutfish is a Dutch ‘country noir’ quartet from The Hague, The Netherlands, fronted by singer/songwriter, guitarist and graphic artist, Melle de Boer.

Smutfish released two full-length albums (2004’s Lawnmower Mind) and 2006’s Through a slightly open door) and one EP, entitled The Fish That Couldn’t Swim (2004).

The albums were universally praised by the music press in The Netherlands and compared to the works of Sparklehorse, Neil Young, Johnny Dowd and The Hague’s Hallo Venray.

By 2006, Melle de Boer seemed to have dropped the Smutfish moniker and continued under the name John Dear Mowing Club, an alt-folk band/project sounding similar to Smutfish, but with an ever-evolving line-up.

The band toured as the backing band for American cult hero, Daniel Johnston, on three different tours from 2006 onwards, the first as Smutfish, the latter two as John Dear Mowing Club.

February 2015 saw the long overdue release of Smutfish’s third full-length album, Trouble, on Excelsior Recordings.


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