Taking their moniker from the title of a poem by English poet Ted Hughes, the Smile is a collaborative project featuring the talents of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner, and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Born of the early doldrums of the COVID-19 pandemic, the band made their surprise live debut in 2021 at Glastonbury and subsequently announced that a record was forthcoming. In January 2022, they released the first taste of the album, a knotty, guitar-driven rush of motorik post-punk titled “You Will Never Work in Television Again.” The trio issued half a dozen singles to prime fans for the eventual full-length release A Light for Attracting Attention. Arriving that May, the U.K.- and Billboard-charting set blended the skittering anxiety and haunted beauty of Radiohead with Skinner’s jazzy execution. A concert EP, The Smile (Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, July 2022), arrived later that year.
New Release Roundup – The Smile, Future Islands, Gruff Rhys
Today, January 26th, we have the pleasure of ushering 3 fantastic records into your speakers. Starting with U.K. supergroup (or “Radiohead offshoot”), The Smile, made up of Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, and Tom Skinner. Their brand new sophomore record, Wall Of Eyes, released today by XL Recordings, has already been heralded as “…some of the…
The Smile Gets Schooled In New Video
The Smile have revealed a brand-new, Paul Thomas Anderson directed video for their current single Friend Of A Friend. Friend Of A Friend is taken from the band’s new, sophomore album Wall Of Eyes, out today. The Smile’s new album Wall Of Eyes was recorded between Oxford and Abbey Road Studios, is produced and mixed…
Listen to The Smile’s new album at Quai Des Brumes
Sors-Tu and Le Canal Auditif are holding a listening party on Thursday (January 25th) at Quai Des Brumes to preview Wall Of Eyes, the latest offering from The Smile. The session get’s under way at 5pm and it’s free to attend.
Wall Of Eyes