Maquee: Smile

Rating: 85%

Maquee.pngIn 1995, I heard the song “Staring at the Sun” by Smile on the radio. It was refreshing. It wasn’t exactly Grunge, but it was exactly Heavy Metal either. So, I went to the mall and picked up this album. Smile was one of those bands that most people never heard of. It consisted of drummer Scott Reeder , vocalist & guitarist Mike Rosas, and bassist Aaron Sonnennberg.

Musically, this album has a lot to offer from influences of Punk, Grunge, and Noise Rock. It’s got some fuzzy distorted riffs and a few leads, some of which are very sloppy. The vocals are a bit raspy. The bass is simple, loud, and distorted while the drums are a bit complex with a good mixture of tempos.

Sad to say, Smile never really caught on by the popular mainstream music. It’s worth a listen to. There are many highlights to this album from “Staring at the Sun” to “She.” So if you’re into those bands that aren’t really remembered today, then this is one to search and find.

Track listing:

1. “Rock Anthem for the Retarded Teenage Hipster Population” 3:16
2. “Staring at the Sun…” 3:42
3. “Spud Gun” 2:30
4. “Picture Made Past” 4:54
5. “Lemonade” 3:16
6. “Moosh” 2:42
7. “Jack Shrimp” 2:26
8. “Papaya Clearance Sale” 3:05
9. “She” 5:19
10. “Wallflower” 2:41
11. “Until(?)” 5:52

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