The Smile have released their first (proper) single off what will be their debut album, which according to the band is already on the “track-listing stage with only 6227020800 possible song orders”, so that looks like it will be released much sooner rather than later.
The band has released a lyric video for the single. The album will be released via XL recordings.
For those that still don’t know who (or what) The Smile is/are, they are a 3 piece band (maybe 4 if you include the producer) which consists of drummer Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet) and he has assistance in guitar from Jonny Greenwood, who’s done some film scores for movies from Lynne Ramsay and Jane Campion and American auteur Paul Thomas Anderson), and help on vocals from Thom Yorke, who’s also done (a) film score for Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria).
In a release from Jonny he shared: “The Smile will play 3 different concerts in 15 hours, streamed live across 3 time zones from London, so people outside the UK can see us play at sensible times.
This means us playing at non-sensible times, which are, in Greenwich Mean Time:
Saturday January 29th at 8pm
Sunday January 30th at 1am
Sunday January 30th at 11am
Each show will be a little different – I mean, they’re bound to be – and we’re building a special venue inside another venue – at a place called Magazine in London.
This means that, as well as the livestream, there will also be a real concert in a real venue. Still, that explains the idea – 3 small shows, 3 time zones, and 3 very sleepy musicians (the songs will all be slower on Sunday morning). Paul Dugdale – who filmed our Glastonbury set – will be directing/looking for our good sides (none). Andi Watson has designed a stage for the shows.
We are very keen/scared/proud for you to hear these songs, and are currently practicing in a small room in Oxford, where work is more fun than fun, like the man said.”