There are two sides of the power-pop/garage rock coin, at least two that I can always subscribe to when listening. There’s the gritty version, filled with sloppy hooks, or there’s the polished huge riffs. The perfect example of this, in my mind, comes in the battle of Terry Malts vs. Wild Smiles. I love the Malts and their gritty style, taking nostalgic rock and fueling it with booze and exuberance. But, the Wild Smiles, who I’m here to talk about, take a similar approach, but clean things up, giving you more accessible hooks. You’re supposed to love both! And if you do, you already have the Terry Malts LP (or else you’re behind the times), so go ahead an pick up the Wild Smiles LP, Always Tomorrow, and enjoy the rest of your day.
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Only about a month ago, I posted a sweet new tune from Chris Peden and his new project known as Wild Smiles. Last time I really enjoyed the hazy summer feel to the tunes which is still apparent here with a major rock riff mixed in as well. Right around the :50 mark this song turns in to quite the rocker. It’s one hell of a jam. Stay tuned for more from this promising artist.
Download: Wild Smiles – You Don’t Care About Me [MP3]
Hooray for new finds coming through our contact form! Today my new band smell comes from my new friend Chris Peden, otherwise known as Wild Smiles. Chris just sent over a link to his new EP which can be streamed over on his website. Apparently it was recorded completely at home, yet managed to come out sounding like an above average self-produced EP. The sound has this hazy feel to it that makes me want to jump in a pool somewhere before summer ends. Oh it’s over? Well, this tune “Tangled Hair” will make you think it’s the middle of July and perfect outdoor rockin’ weather.
Download: Wild Smiles – Tangled Hair [MP3]