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Smokescreens

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2016
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Feb
04
Smokescreens @ Whistle Stop

San Diego, California, United States

San Diego, California, United States

Jan
24
Smokescreens @ The Echo

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Jan
14
Smokescreens @ Acerogami

Pomona, California, United States

Pomona, California, United States

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"The Pop of Smokescreens Is Both Twee and Tough"

Los Angeles' Smokescreens specialise in a moody pop that wouldn't sound out of place on the Slumberland records catalogue in 1991 or Flying Nun around 1986. You could call it twee, but their new song "Out of Time" also features a rumbling bass solo. This is pop music that is toothsome and robust.

Featuring Corey Cunnigham of Terry Malts and Business of Dreams on bass, and Chris Rosi from San Diego's Plateaus on guitar, their new self-titled album, to be released on the Terry Malts curated label Parked in Hell, buzzes with hooks and the type of jangly melodies found on The Bodines or other acts on the legendary C86 compilation.

"It was recorded in a tiny, old dairy factory by Jon Greene who filled in on drums because we were a two-piece at the time (we often practiced and wrote with a drum machine)," explains Cunningham. "Sadly, Jon passed away in November. I know he was really proud of this recording and I'm glad it will be out there for people to hear. He was a great drummer and engineer."

"We wanted to make something that sounded like a New Zealand band from the early 80s. So we wrote the songs with that in mind and recorded in mono on an 8-track tape machine. I think we pulled it off. I'm fooled for the first few seconds before I remember it's our band.

Since the recording the band have expanded to a four-piece with Cunningham sliding over to guitar to make room for Brice Bradley on drums and Jenny Moffett on bass. - noisey.vice.com


"HAVE YOU HEARD SMOKESCREENS?"

Admittedly, I’ve got a bit of a man crush on Corey Cunningham (musically speaking); I’ll swear by anything he does…Terry Malts, Business of Dreams…and now Smokescreens. Even better, is he’s teamed up on this project with Chris Rosi of Plateaus (they’ve been quiet lately, amiright?). The end result is something you’d expect if you knew the history of these bands: huge pop with sound with enough grit for you to still act like you’re tough. While the bouncy verses are great, I’m stuck on trying to hit the same perfect notes that come in the glorious chorus. Their new tape hitson February 2nd via Parked in Hell. - Austintownhall.com


""Out Of Time" by Smokescreens"

Do you like noisy jangle pop like we like noisy jangle pop? If so, your new favorite discovery may be Los Angeles four piece Smokescreens. Originally consisting of Corey Cunningham of Terry Malts and Chris Rosi of Plateaus, both of which have been featured on these pages, the band recorded a self-titled album that will be released on February 2 via Parked In Hell. The band now also includes Brice Bradley and Jenny Moffett.

Sample the wonderful New Zealand-influenced sound on "Out of Time", which is the first single from the album. - When You Motor Away


"Smokescreens - Out Of Time"

Out Of Time is a taster taken from the forthcoming self titled release by Smokescreens. Their line up includes Corey Cunningham from Terry Malts/Business of Dreams as well as Chris Rosi of Plateaus.

The track itself invokes comparisons to the jangle pop bands that appeared on the C86 cassette but I reckon they like a bit of noise as well which prevents me tagging them as twee. It also has a nice catchy chorus that reminds me of The Pastels. Cannot wait for more.

The Smokescreens cassette will be out on Parked in Hell sometime soon. - RecordsiLike


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Bio

"Los Angeles' Smokescreens specialise in a moody pop that wouldn't sound out of place on the Slumberland records catalogue in 1991 or Flying Nun around 1986. You could call it twee, but their new song "Out of Time" also features a rumbling bass solo. This is pop music that is toothsome and robust. 

Featuring Corey Cunnigham of Terry Malts and Business of Dreams on bass, and Chris Rosi from San Diego's Plateaus on guitar, their new self-titled album, to be released on the Terry Malts curated label Parked in Hell, buzzes with hooks and the type of jangly melodies found on The Bodines or other acts on the legendary C86 compilation." -Noisey

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