Smith is now engaged on debut Dare album that’s due out later this yr. A number of days after Freakquencies, I meet him at a recording studio close to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He had spent the afternoon re-recording the lyrics to “Intercourse.” “This tune has been an enormous ache within the ass,” he says. It’s troublesome, it seems, to make a tune that features the road “I need to name your mother, and inform her you’re the bomb,” not sound only a hair too ridiculous. “The sooner model was too compelled and theatrical,” Smith says. The model he performed me, he says, “is extra laid again.”
Smith additionally has a Detroit techno-style observe within the bag, and one other that appears like a twisted Justin Timberlake dance hit. Within the final yr, he’s gotten sufficient filthy DMs on Instagram to put in writing a tune, referred to as “Open Up,” about one explicit unsolicited alternate (the title is as on-the-nose as his others). “I ought to in all probability inform her earlier than I put it out,” he says with a smile. However Smith tells me he doesn’t need the album to only be lascivious bangers. He’s simply completed one other observe referred to as “All Night time” that sounds extra like LCD Soundsystem’s late evening anthems, like “All My Pals,” which laid naked an ambivalence to the hedonistic extra of the unique aughts-indie period.
Now that he’s a downtown movie star and burgeoning rock star, Smith’s been considering rather a lot about the place he’ll be when the lights activate on the finish of the evening. “I do surprise what my life goes to be like in a yr,” he tells me. “As a result of proper now, the worlds of Harrison and The Dare are blurred, however they’re not overlapping utterly. There’s undoubtedly a variety of separation. However I do surprise if, in a yr or two’s time, that separation goes to get increasingly more hazy.”
Not that it could hold him away from the social gathering. Following a stretch of sold-out reveals in NYC and LA, Smith plans to maintain throwing Freakquencies each week, he tells me as he roots round on the studio’s pc for just a few extra demos. Properly earlier than The Dare had begun to take form at 2 am in his bed room studio, his aspiration, Smith explains, was to put in writing songs that made folks need to exit, begin bands, and play reveals. To get off their telephones and go to the membership. “I like songs,” he says, “that really feel prefer it’s us in opposition to the world.”