Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Icehouse, Depeche Mode, Tame Impala, Mi-Sex, INXS, U2


band members

Daniel May - vox/synth Brendan Clark - Bass Roy Issac - Guitar Paul Derricot - Drums


Influences

Icehouse, Depeche Mode, Tame Impala, Mi-Sex, INXS, U2, Pink Floyd, Muddy Waters


Website

Bio

Sydney-Based Band Smile Don't Smile work classic formulae on melodies, sounds and structure while paying homage to the greats, past and present. With a love of music ranging from Muddy Waters to Icehouse, Miles Davis to Tame Impala, the lads always approach the music making process as if it were their last.

It was through Uni that the lads met and started playing together. Out of a love for records and playing the blues, the idea for the band was birthed as the lads played years of gigs at warehouse parties, underground bars and clubs around Sydney.

Already, Smile Don’t Smile have earned some great stripes, having supported Didirri, reaching the top 5 on the Unearthed charts and playing Australian Music Week. The band is excited to release their third single ‘Ashleigh’ this OZ Spring and play their songs live, just for you!

The name Smile Don't Smile plays with the paradox of true thoughts and feelings; it's an awareness of what's inside, when faced with social pressures on the outside. Or conversely, expressing yourself on the outside, though feeling the exact opposite within.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

16 Nov 2018

Triple J
35

shimmering subterranean psych

shimmering subterranean psych

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

13 Nov 2018

Triple J
35

There's a psychy dazzling presence to this one. Very charming.

There's a psychy dazzling presence to this one. Very charming.

Review

Review by Seahorse Seahorse

23 Jan 2018

50

Awesome track. Different to Straight and Narrow but with the same cool electronic pop feel of the 80s decade with top production. The vibe is dark and uplifting making the dichotomy extremely interesting. Again, you are left wanting more! If you can imagine Depeche Mode daydreaming of running through rugged beach on a stormy day holding hands with Flume and Miles Davis, then you Smile, Not Smi...

Awesome track. Different to Straight and Narrow but with the same cool electronic pop feel of the 80s decade with top production. The vibe is dark and uplifting making the dichotomy extremely interesting. Again, you are left wanting more! If you can imagine Depeche Mode daydreaming of running through rugged beach on a stormy day holding hands with Flume and Miles Davis, then you Smile, Not Smile, and definitely Smile again.

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