The Smilies are signing to Open Door Records (Just Friends, Casual Friday) for a physical release of 2017’s self-titled EP. The East Bay band is the brainchild of Trevor McBride, a senior Humanities major at San Francisco State University. Previously, he’s contributed his artwork for Just Friends, Prince Daddy and The Hyena, The Neighborhood, Graduating Life and Open Door Records. McBride ran the popular label Vaporbabes in 2012, which became a cornerstone of the vaporwave community. Before The Smilies, McBride was heavily active in the scene playing with several other punk bands. More information on the band can be found at mayflowercollective.com/roster.
New Noise Magazine is pleased to bring forth an exclusive track by track of the EP, written in a quick paragraph form to go along with this outstanding release from The Smilies.
TRACK BY TRACK
The Smilies’ fuzzed-out five song self-titled EP takes you from earnest longing to the brink of despair in seconds flat, seeking shelter behind a veil of constant television static. Ominous and frayed at the edges, opening track “Move” introduces us to the washed out feelings that flow through each song on the release. Standout track “Superstar” finds Trevor McBride brooding, “I wanna feel like a superstar” amidst aches to get to know someone better. “Feelin’ Alright” hits like a punch in the gut, while “Higher” has a shaking, echoey nature that adds a psychedelic twist. Album closer “Free” finds McBride trading in the dizzying distortion of the previous tracks to experiment with his roots in vaporwave – creating an amalgamation of hurried whistles, joyful keyboard work, and speech overlays.