Smile (American band)

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Smile
Origin Orange County, California, United States
Genres Post-punk,[1] grunge, psychedelic rock, emo-core[2]
Years active 1992–2003, 2013
Labels Atlantic, Headhunter

Smile was an American rock band.

20 Year Reunion Shows[edit]

In February 2013, Scott Reeder, Michael Rosas and Aaron Sonnenberg reunited to play 3 shows in Southern California

Background[edit]

Rosas and Sonnenberg, who were both attending Woodbridge High School, formed Smile in 1992. After placing an advertisement in the Recycler for a drummer, they found Reeder,[3] which completed the band's lineup for the next seven years as a trio.[1] Encompassing genres of both grunge and psychedelic rock,[4] they released their first album, called Resin. Smile did not emerge from Orange County until 1995,[5] from the success of their album Maquee.

The style of music of Smile has been described as "rage-filled rock" with "scraping guitars and screaming vocals".[4] Some of their influences include The Kinks, The Melvins, early Pink Floyd, and The Seeds.[5] They signed under Headhunter, a San Diego-based label, and Atlantic in 1994,[6] but left Atlantic during the recording sessions of their second album, due to a growing resistance the band felt towards the label. They remained under Headhunter.[3] In 1999, the band added keyboardist Matt Fletcher. In 2001, Scott Reeder left the band to join Fu Manchu. In 2003, Michael broke up the band.

Maquee[edit]

On July 18, 1995 Smile released their album Maquee,[7] which had been completed the previous year, September 1994. The first single from their album was "Staring at the sun", which received airplay on the radio,[8] and charted on College Music Journal's Metal chart in November 1995.[6] Following the release of the album, Smile toured with the band Inch.[8]

Girl Crushes Boy[edit]

Their follow-up album Girl Crushes Boy was released November 24, 1998, under Cargo and Headhunter.[9]

Members[edit]

  • Rosas, Michael • vocals, guitar (1992-2003)
  • Reeder, Scott • drums (1992–1999)
  • Sonnenberg, Aaron • bass guitar (1992–1998)
  • Fletcher, James • drums (2001–2003)
  • Fletcher, Matt • keyboard (1999–2003)
  • Thomson, Bob • bass guitar (1998–2003)
  • Information on band members.[3][10]

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Discography[edit]

  • 5 Song Demo EP • 2001
  • Girl Crushes Boy • 1998
  • Album Information.[11]
  • Masterlocks + 3 EP • 1996
  • Sleepover EP • 1996
  • Maquee • 1995
  • Resin EP • 1993
  • Bus Vol. 1 EP • 1992
  • Amanita EP • 1991

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robbins
  2. ^ Clover, p. 109.
  3. ^ a b c Rosen, Alison M. (19 June 2003). "The Long Way Out: Smile decide to end it all". Orange County Weekly. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Flick, p. 93.
  5. ^ a b Vlad, p. 46.
  6. ^ a b CMJ New Music Monthly, p. 46.
  7. ^ Reed, p. 242.
  8. ^ a b Borzillo, p. 18.
  9. ^ CMJ New Music Report, p. 78.
  10. ^ Gulla, p. 38.
  11. ^ "Smile Discography". All Music Guide. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

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