An early Smoosh publicity photo, 2006 or earlier
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Genres||Indie pop, indie rock|
|Years active||2000–2012; 2012-present as Chaos Chaos|
|Labels||Barsuk Records, Pattern 25|
|Members||Chloe Saavedra(original member)
Asya Saavedra (Asya, original member)
Maia Saavedra (joined 2007)
Smoosh was an American indie pop band from Seattle, Washington. They released three albums, She Like Electric, Free to Stay and Withershins, all of which were written and performed by singer/keyboardist Asya Saavedra (preferred name Asy, born February 2, 1992) and her sister, drummer Chloe Saavedra (born March 5, 1994). Their younger sister Maia (born September 5, 1996) joined the band in early 2007. On June 12, 2012, they announced that Smoosh was no more, and that the sisters would continue on as Chaos Chaos.
At the time of their first album, She Like Electric, released on September 21, 2004, Asy was 12 and Chloe was 10 years old. All of their songs are originals with both music and lyrics written by the girls themselves. Maia, then not in the band, provided the cover artwork for both that album and their next, Free to Stay.
Smoosh started in 2000 when the family was at a Seattle music store The Trading Musician, standing in line to restring a violin. Asy and Chloe wandered into the drum section of the store, where Chloe met Jason McGerr; the family eventually left with a $600 drum kit for Chloe, McGerr's card from the Seattle Drum School, "and no violin." When McGerr learned that Asy had been playing the piano and writing songs since she was very young, he offered to help them both. Neither Asy nor Chloe read music, then. Asy began piano training but soon quit because it was boring.
In 2000, Smoosh released Tomato Mistakes – a two-track single that, for a long time, was mailed free of charge to anyone who wanted it. Four years later, in September 2004, She Like Electric, Smoosh's full-length debut was released under Pattern 25 Records.
By the time Smoosh released their second LP, on June 6, 2006, titled Free to Stay, they were picked up by Seattle-based indie label Barsuk Records. Its third and title track, "Free to Stay", was an early song featured on Tomato Mistakes. Asy also plays guitar on the track 'Waiting for Something' off Free to Stay. The second album also features the song "Find A Way" which Smoosh performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 12, 2006, marking their first performance on late night TV. As they toured with the Eels as part of a world tour in mid-2006, they are also featured on the California-based band's live DVD/CD Live and in Person! London 2006.
On August 5, 2007, Smoosh performed at Lollapalooza 2007 at Chicago's Grant Park. Their set included a cover of "This Modern Love" by Bloc Party, who they would later tour with that same year in September. Earlier that year, they also performed a headlining spring tour on the east coast with The Postmarks.
The band plays "Pajama Party Time" on Yo Gabba Gabba! episode 5 originally aired August 27. 2007.
Critics have generally compared their sound to that of Tori Amos and PJ Harvey, and have been almost uniformly impressed with the quality of the material coming from such young writers and performers. They have opened for many leading Pacific Northwest bands including Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, and the Presidents of the United States of America, as well as for other acts such as Mates of State, Jimmy Eat World, Cat Power (who also covered their song, 'Rad'), Nada Surf, Sufjan Stevens and The Go! Team. Asy collaborated with Seattle indie band Head Like a Kite to create the songs "Noisy at the Circus" (which can be found on Head Like a Kite's first album Random Portraits of the Home Movie), "Daydream Vacation" (which can be found on their second album There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere), and "Let's Start It All Again" (which can be found on their album Dreams Suspend Night, and also available via the KEXP Song of the Day website ). The girls have also been performing a cover of "Flyswatter" by The Eels, in which Maia plays glockenspiel. Asy also lends her voice to the soundtrack of the musical film God Help the Girl created by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian, where she sings on the songs "I Just Want Your Jeans" and "A Down and Dusky Blonde". She also provided the vocals on the song "I Fell for the Fall" by Swedish band Karma Tree.
In June 2010, Smoosh released their much anticipated third album, Withershins (previously titled The World's Not Bad).
- Asy (Asya) Saavedra – lead vocals, keyboards
- Chloe Saavedra – vocals, drums, percussion
- Maia Saavedra - vocals, bass guitar, harpejji
- Tomato Mistakes (2000)
- Free to Stay EP (2002)
- She Like Electric (2004)
- Free to Stay (2006)
- Live and in Person! London 2006 (Eels CD and DVD; Smoosh plays on three tracks)
- Withershins (2010)
- McLean, Craig: "Too Much Too Young?", The Sunday Times, June 11, 2006
- Nelson, Sean: "This Is the Band". The Stranger, July 22, 2004. Band profile
- imaginary liz, Meet Smoosh's Bass Player!, Three Imaginary Girls, May 24, 2007.
- ""It's live"". Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- Almond, Steve: "Smoosh" (interview), The Believer June 2005. Accessed online 13 November 2006.
- Steve Almond interview, (brackets in original)
- Smoosh, Pattern 25 Records. Accessed 16 November 2006.
- Alexander Lauence, An Interview with Indie Sensation, Smoosh, Free Williamsburg, February 18, 2005. Accessed 11 December 2006.
- Performance on YouTube http://youtube.com/watch?v=pfdQoTdazq4
- Lisa Heyamoto, Tweenage band Smoosh rocks Seattle scene, January 30, 2005. Accessed 12 April 2006.
- Douglas Wolk, Discovering the Dream, Seattle Weekly, September 29, 2004. Accessed 12 April 2006.
- Anuj Desai, Pre-Teen Smoosh Are "Rad", Rolling Stone, December 28, 2004. Accessed 12 April 2006.
- About, Chaos Chaos official site, accessed 2012-11-11.
- Laura Studarus, Premiere: Chaos Chaos Debut EP Stream, Under the Radar, 2012-11-08. Accessed 2012-11-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Smoosh.|
- Official website
- Smoosh's Myspace Page
- Smoosh page maintained by University of Washington librarian Tom Bolling, very extensive set of links to newspaper stories.
- Interview by Alexander Laurence
- Smoosh on Barsuk Records
- Smoosh Raises the Lights with 'Dark Shine' / Sister Band Smoosh Rocks Kids-at-Work Day, National Public Radio. Two NPR pieces on Smoosh.
- Smoosh Notes A Database of Smoosh information, ranging from articles and media to graphics and fanart.
- Smoosh-Links-Archive of Smoosh related links: interviews, bios, videos, etc.
- Interview with Asy (via Talk Rock To Me) August 01, 2012