The Smiles: The Smiles
By Jonathan Carson
With a name like that one might assume this band has their own TV show that airs at about 3pm weekdays, and unfortunately this debut album does sound like it was created for that demographic. Produced by Dave Carnahan of King Street Studios the self-released album is a 9-track ensemble of uninspiring guitar pop. Each song tells a story, from the album opener Deck, which is about, well… sitting on the deck, to Super Deluxe written about a meal of eggs, baked beans, and potatoes. The Smiles describe their sound as full blown ‘goblin rock’ and even have a song titled Goblins with lyrics like “Time to stop and a time to start, eat your knees or blow a fart.” If you are able to set aside any preconceptions and appreciate the tongue-in-cheek approach, then there is the chance that you could find the transparency of their music somewhat entertaining. They sound like they had fun making this record, and if this humour translates to the listener it will at least rouse a smile.