April 23,

Concert @
Bumann und Sohn

In the biggest possible punk cliché, SMILE stems from repressed anger and grief - from experiencing a modern world that causes the pressure of having to fulfil a multitude of roles while remaining physically and mentally healthy. These conditions lead to permanently overburdened individuals who long for quick recovery. This is why SMILE is such an apt concept for this band: it symbolises the modern compulsion to keep up appearances while our skin burns, and the decision to face this world we have alienated ourselves from with an ironic attitude.

SMILE is not limited to expressing anger or channelling socially rooted emotions. They bridge different genres of music into a concise and idiosyncratic, latently absurd style. Their forthcoming EP debut "I hate it here" introduces listeners:inside to their sound world: The yearning opening track Yucca conveys a feeling of homesickness - like a telephone recording or a voice message from afar.

SMILE consists of Lars, Marius, Max, Rubee and Sebastian. The Cologne band got together in Bonn after regularly meeting at the same concerts. A few years later they release their debut EP "I hate it here" together with a music video for Foliage. The music video was shot on Super 8 film and premiered at the Cologne film festival Blonde Cobra in December 2021.

SMILE'S concert is part of the funding project "c/o pop 2022 musichubgermany " and is supported by the Initiative Musik gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft GmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

SMILE - Foliage [Official Video]

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