Smile Smile is a tear in your chest that gets bigger with each lyric, until your entire heart is exposed and bleeding the words “I told you so.” Ryan and Jencey took a decidedly thorough approach to calling themselves “Smile Smile” because that’s all we can do when we listen to their happy, cutting lyrics. Upon first listen, it’s, “alright! Let’s dance!” and second listen is when you hear the harmonic hurt and spiteful melodies of a relationship gone wrong. Good times.
Curious to hear their bitter banter after years of being in a band together? It’s quite endearing. YouPlusDallas had Smile Smile in our studios before SXSW to have them play a new song for us, which you can hear in the video above.
“These wonderful people dated, broke up, and now they write songs about it. Doesn’t that sound like fun?” is the introduction for Smile Smile’s SXSW showcase at the Continental Club in Austin. Opening song “Somebody Else” starts with a simple acoustic intro under a song detailing one half of a couple duping the other into believing who they might be, and the proper way to respond to the situation. Which may or may not be to drink heavily and phone the other’s best friend.
Listen to this. Kinda makes you want to pick a fight with your significant other, doesn’t it?