They met at University of Southern California in 2009 and in May 2010 came out with their debut EP, Hermosa (download here). The title of this 6-song EP originates from the city where it was recorded, Hermosa Beach, CA.
They sound like a west-coast Vampire Weekend with indie pop hooks and overall just a delightful relaxing sound.
Listen and download their EP single, "Cala Cola" and another one of my favorites, "California Girls".
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F3109838%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-XscY9&secret_url=false Cala Cola by TheSmiles
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F3110060%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-9PzcB&secret_url=false California Girls by TheSmilesIf you dig The Smiles, check them out on facebook. Enjoy!
Read more to see The Smiles lead singer, Will Sturgeon, do a cover of Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks".
If you liked the video above and you like The Smiles, check out Will Sturgeon's youtube, which has gotten over 150,000 views. Enjoy!