Recently discovered the next big indie pop/rock band: The Smiles. A so-called “beach rock” quartet consisting of four talented USC students, in which none of them actually grew up by the beach.
They met at University of Southern California in 2009 and in May 2010 came out with their debut EP, Hermosa (download here). The title of this 6-song EP originates from the city where it was recorded, Hermosa Beach, CA.
They sound like a west-coast Vampire Weekend with indie pop hooks and overall just a delightful relaxing sound.
Listen and download their EP single, “Cala Cola” and another one of my favorites, “California Girls”.
If you dig The Smiles, check them out on facebook. Enjoy!
Read more to see The Smiles lead singer, Will Sturgeon, do a cover of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”.