Jonny Shitbag & The Smokes -- Distract Me

“Distract Me” by Jonny Shitbag & The Smokes

Somebody call Starlee Kine — the December 11 Song of the Day comes with a mystery that needs solving.¬†Glasgow-based Jonny Shitbag & The Smokes are credited with today’s featured track, but there’s kind of a big problem: frontman Jonny Shitbag disappeared six months ago. Straight-up ghosted.¬†Incommunicado.

His band — the aforementioned Smokes — waited around a few months, then decided to move ahead with Jonny Shitbag’s vision. Band member Curls explained in an e-mail to SOMETHINGGOOD:

“In the last three months, us, The Smokes, decided to try and record the songs he left with just some rough scribbled lyrics and chords. We hope he hears them.”

Listen to the single “Distract Me” below (it’s also name-your-price on Bandcamp). It’s a well-crafted, blisteringly-melodic pop-punk track that I think will make its AWOL author proud.