Wild Smiles will release their debut album, AlwaysTomorrow, on Sunday Best Recordings on 27th October. The trio, comprising brothers Chris and Joe Peden with drummer Ben Cook, will release their new single, Never Wanted This, ahead of the album on 18th August and the band will tour throughout the summer, taking in festival dates.
Their 2013 7”, Sweet Sixteen/Tangled Hair, took in elements of Beach Boys surf pop, Velvet Underground drones, Wall Of Sound beats, Jesus & Mary Chain low-fi garage clatter.
A five-track Wild Smiles EP followed on Geoff Barrow’s Invada label that summer, led by the MBV-flecked Take Me Away, and, in that song’s spirit of escape, the band hit the road for much of the rest of the year, earning their touring chops before going on to sign with Sunday Best.
Indeed, many of the songs on the album tackle issues that most other young bands are too scared or ignorant of to approach. Hold On was inspired by a friend of Chris’ who sadly killed himself, and faces up to the hopelessness of British youth in 2014. “People my age can’t get a job,” Chris sings. “Nothing to do, it’s so fucked up/People my age can’t get a job/Get a house, get a car, get a life… who’s there for us?” While I’m Gone and the single, Never Wanted This, are bold rejections of the mundane sort of life we’re expected to settle for: “I could get a job I could wear a suit/A monkey in a suit to make some money”.
“It’s our perception of life,” says Ben. “Not the voice of a generation but just how we three see it.”
1. Fool For You
2. Never Wanted This
3. Always Tomorrow
4. Everyone’s The Same
5. Hold On
6. The Best Four Years
7. The Gun
8. Figure It Out
10. See You Again
11. I’m Gone.
Jul 18 – The Remedy (Jon Kennedy Presents), Tooting Tram – London, UK
Aug 1-3 – Camp Bestival – Dorset, UK
Sep 6 – Bestival Festival – Isle of Wight, UK
Sep 9 – Madam JoJo’s – White Heat – London, UK
Sep 18 -Reeperbahn – Hamburg, GER
Oct 18 – Psychedelia Weekend – Southampton, UK
Nov 10 – ME1 – Kent, UK