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Hidden Gem: The Smiles

October 1st, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

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”.  Cala Cola by TheSmiles
Download  California Girls by TheSmiles 

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”.

If you liked the video above and you like The Smiles, check out Will Sturgeon’s youtube, which has gotten over 150,000 views. Enjoy!

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