Smutfish is a Dutch 'country noir' quartet from The Hague, The Netherlands, fronted by singer/songwriter, guitarist and graphic artist, Melle de Boer.
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.
In the Autmun of 2016 Smutfish released an album of Dutch-language versions of Smutfish songs (translations by seventeen Dutch writers and poets). De vis die niet kon zwemmen was released under the moniker Smetvis ('Smutfish' in Dutch, a translation as literal as it is meaningless).
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