Waiting For Smith is singer/songwriter Harry Lloyd. Formerly a ski instructor in the French Alps, Harry broke his back in two places during avalanche training.
Wondering whether he’d survive in the helicopter on the way to the hospital, he had an epiphany that if he was ok that he should dedicate his life to music. After spending a year in bed recuperating and learning to play guitar, he formed Waiting For Smith, named after endlessly waiting for their original drummer Smith, who always failed to show up. Based between Amsterdam and London Harry is inspired to write about the everyday ups and downs of life, love and the never-ending investigation of who we are and what we’re all doing here. Blending a feel for these two cities, he creates captivating acoustic-led electronic pop.
“Hopelessness Of Love” was inspired by a challenging episode of love. The track was written with the desire to express that whatever you do in love and however hard you try, you can’t escape the fact that sometimes there’s going to be difficult moments in your relationship. The song narrates the story of a bickering couple and a “sugar man”, who despite feeling strong and independent, can crumble to the floor at the smallest trigger. Harry explains, “The image of The Sugar Man is this free spirit, a travelling man, a wild man. But in a relationship, he can lose his power, as he gives it away. Therefore he is both solid and strong, as he is dissolvable as sugar. The wrong words, from that one person, can bring him crumbling down. But the right kind of love can bring him strength.”
Emphasising the importance of patience in relationships and the notion that everything will be ok, “The Hopelessness of Love” is an uplifting and thought-provoking track, urging you to push through the tough times in order to see bliss. Harry shares, “It’s about the inevitable collision that happens in any relationship, there’s ups and there are downs -that’s just life. We can’t fight “The Hopelessness of Love” but we can find a way to accept it and use it to become our strength.”
The song is produced by Jan Schroder and mixed by Ian Grimble (Mumford & Sons, Travis, Manic Street Preachers and Bears Den). Through a bright, animated guitar melody and sunny vocals, Harry emits a comforting tone, encompassing your body like a warm hug.
Waiting For Smith has garnered over a million streams on Spotify and extensive radio play including the likes of Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Dermot O’Leary and Jo Whiley on Radio 2, Tom Robinson on 6 Music, Maz Tappuni on Radio X and KROQ and KISS FM in the USA. With over 2000 syncs internationally and featured in publications such as British GQ, Rolling Stone India, MTV Germany, Clash Magazine, Earmilk and Holland’s JFK Magazine, Waiting For Smith’s mission is to engulf the world with unforgettable melodies spreading a much-needed message of positivity.