Steered by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, alongside jazz drummer Tom Skinner, The Smile fuses the raw energy of post-punk with the refined spontaneity of jazz and the complexity of progressive rock. Released in May 2022, their debut album, A Light for Attracting Attention, blends guitar-driven indie rock with Radiohead’s experimental tones, enriched by minimalist orchestration and the rich melodies of contemporary jazz, creating a layered and captivating auditory experience. The debut album will be followed up early next year, with the trio releasing their anticipated second album Wall of Eyes on January 26, 2024.
On stage, The Smile exudes vitality and offers straightforward instrumental mastery that not only continues the legacy of Radiohead’s musical innovation but also breaks new ground in how sonic landscapes can be explored. The band celebrates the breaking of musical boundaries and the creation of a unique and recognisable artistic identity, inviting listeners to be a part of this ongoing creative journey.