German post punk band SMILE have revealed their new single “Doohickey” and its accompanying video.
The song is the first taste of their forthcoming debut album “Price of Progress“, set to arrive on October 13th through Siluh Records. Get it here.
With Price of Progress, SMILE light-footedly show that post punk can still sound refreshing in 2023. They don’t take their references as dogma, remain experimental, stubborn. Narrative, catchy, rough and cuddly, the subtle, poetic observations of singer Rubee True Fegan (USA) merge with the accomplished sound of a band that producer Olaf Opal has put exactly where it belongs: on the starting block of innovative, clever and sensual guitar music.
Throughout the record, the interplay of musical Sturm und Drang and the maturity of a reflective narrative perspective manifests itself.
SMILE is a Post-Punk band with a singer, who prefers not to sing. Instead, she intones her poetic stories spiked with personal reflections.
The group writes songs that are well informed about the history of post-punk and finds inspiration wherever experimentation and catchiness meet: B52’s, Talking Heads, Life Without Buildings, ESG, Sonic Youth, and Talk Talk. The list is always open. The quintet is also enthusiastic about contemporary bands. Protomartyr, Interpol, Drahla, Fontaines D.C. (for which SMILE 2022 support played)… Gorillaz!
Photo credit: Aminah Falah