Wild Smiles announce debut single – released March 1129 January 2013
‘Tangled Hair / Sweet Sixteen’ is the AA side debut single from Hampshire trio Wild Smiles, released on Invada Records on 11th March as a limited 7 inch and download.
With its huge, jangling riff ‘Tangled Hair’ – which has already received plays on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show – is classic surfer-stoner rock, ‘Sweet Sixteen’ is heavier but equally tuneful. What’s apparent from both tracks is that Wild Smiles make the sort of fuzzy, fucked-up yet super-melodic rock that can trace its roots through alt legends J Mascis and Bob Mould, the immaculate power-pop of Teenage Fanclub and Big Star, all way back to The Velvet Underground and The Beach Boys.
Originally a solo project by vocalist/guitarist/main songwriter Chris Peden, last summer he recruited his brother Joe Peden (guitar/vocals) and Ben Cook (drums/vocals), turning Wild Smiles into a fully-fledged band. With Chris the eldest member at 22 (Ben and Joe are still in their teens), the band have energy and youthful exuberance in abundance – as anyone who has seen their compelling live show can testify.
Wild Smiles have recorded all their songs to date in a rudimentary studio in the Peden family shed in Winchester, with Chris producing. This arrangement suits their prolific output, with the band knocking out one melody-soaked stoner-rock classic after another. An early fan is Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, who is putting out this debut single on his hugely respected Invada label as a limited 7”.