June 13, 2018

A Certain Smile: Fits & Starts

A Certain Smile are a highly melodic, fuzzy indie pop band from Portland, OR. With mixed down, slightly distorted vocals, and plenty of echo and reverb applied to the instrumentation, their new album Fits & Starts brings back the heyday of Nineties shoegaze band. Back then the lines between being optimistic or pessimistic where drawn depending on one's mental well-being and economic perspectives.

Their songs deal with the need for change - We Want the World, and those in power are prone to witty sarcasm when they take aim at the Leisure Class. It's not all that serious. They can appreciate a Summer Blonde and show some understanding for the lure of Mexican Coke as well.

A Certain Smile:
Thomas: vocals, guitar
Casey: bass
Zach: guitar, keyboards
Ian: drums
Ryan: drums on track 1 + 4

Fits & Starts is a self-released album (digital, CD, vinyl). Buy it from their website.

  1. Hold On, Call
  2. Summer Blonde
  3. Morning Sun
  4. Hushed
  5. Smile
  6. Aberdeen
  7. Leisure Class
  8. We Want the World
  9. Mexican Coke

» acertainsmilepdx.com

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