Here's another band that will be playing this weekend's Wall of Sound Festival in Fort Worth (along with Okkervil River, Midlake, Starlight Mints, Low, Dave Bazan, What Made Milwaukee Famous, SOUND team, Octopus Project, The Black Angels...you get the point. The lineup is ridiculous):
So I found another Dallas band I like. And not just because keyboardist/vocalist Jencey is hot. Smile Smile makes lovelorn, pretty, and at times impossibly sweet boy-girl pop songs. Vocalist Ryan Hamilton's voice reminds me of two of my favorite male vocalists, Cass McCombs and Chad VanGaalen, in that it's capable of conveying sadness and hope at the same time (particularly on "Taking its Toll").
While "Sad Song" is a perfect choice for a single, with its soothing piano melody and broken-hearted lyrics, I have a feeling it only hints at what this band is capable of. "Taking Its Toll" is a brand new song that's not on the EP (I think).
Smile Smile Sad Song mp3
Smile Smile Taking its Toll mp3
Buy Smile Smile's self-released EP at their website
Be Smile Smile's friend to listen to more songs (and to look at more pictures of Jencey)
2 days. 88 bands. 3 stages. See you there!