Interview with Wild Smiles

Winchester (UK) rockers Wild Smiles will release their brilliant debut album, “Always Tomorrow” (Sunday Best Recordings) on 27th October.

The fast-rising trio, comprising brothers Chris and Joe Peden with drummer Ben Cook, have already released a new single, ‘Never Wanted This‘, ahead of the album.

When we reviewed it we thought it was:  “A neat little pop song. Cruel, sour.   And – frankly – toxic…

We had a chance to chat to Chris Peden from Wild Smiles about the single and about crafting their sounds:

Nirvana
We would would stay up all night listening to Nirvana, Pantera and Slayer…

‘NEVER WANTED THIS’ HAS A GRUNGY FEEL TO IT – DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE INFLUENCED BY NIRVANA?

Yeah Nirvana were the first band I got into.

When I was 13 me and my friend Eddie would stay up all night listening to Nirvana, Pantera and Slayer.

THE VIDEO DIRECTED BY JACK BOWDEN IS SEEN FROM THE FEMALE POINT OF VIEW – AND IT IS ABOUT THE STRAINS, COMPROMISES, SACRIFICES AND MUNDANITIES WE EXPECT FROM OUR RELATIONSHIPS … IS THAT HOW YOU SEE IT?

Yeah I feel that Jack did an amazing job on the video and I think it’s a great twist having a woman sing the song.

Camp Bestival - Different audience than normal with kids crawling across the ground...
Camp Bestival – Different audience than normal with kids crawling across the ground…

HOW WAS YOUR SHOW AT CAMP BESTIVAL? HOW EASY IS IT FOR YOU TO RECREATE YOUR ENERGETIC LIVE SOUND IN A STUDIO ENVIRONMENT?

The Camp Bestival show was great.

A different audience than normal with kids crawling across the ground but it was fun.

Personally I think the songs have a life of their own live.

WE NOTICED THAT YOU RECORDED AND PRODUCED YOUR OWN WORK – DO YOU PREFER TO KEEP THAT LEVEL OF CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP? WHAT ARE THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF SELF-PRODUCING?

The main advantage is it’s a lot cheaper.

Without worrying about financial and time constraints it gives you the freedom to keep trying things instead of always watching the clock.

Where we made the choice not to over think anything it was a pretty simple process.

DO YOU THINK THAT TWO BROTHERS WORK WELL TOGETHER?

Ben is the middle man between me and Joe. Joe’s 19 and I’m 24 so having Ben at 21 it works well.

WHAT IS THE STATE OF LIVE MUSIC IN WINCHESTER AT THE MOMENT?

The scene in Winchester is pretty dead but 20 minutes down the road in Southampton there is a great scene starting to happen with Fever, Dolomite Minor  and Pale Seas  – it’s great to see everyone starting to get some recognition.

Thank you, Wild Smiles

Wild Smiles were talking to: @neilmach © 2014

Link:

https://www.facebook.com/WILD.SMILES.the.band

 

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