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About Smile Smile

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Wanting to bring something new to the Dallas music scene, Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme create their own modern blend of folk, pop and rock in Smile Smile.  Their songs range from heart wrenching ballads to foot stomping sing alongs. Jencey’s classical piano background teamed with Ryan’s self-taught guitar style combine to create sounds which both soar above you and pull you in tight at the same time. 

"When we formed Smile Smile, we looked at what was missing in the world of folk and pop and then tried to create a sound that was uniquely ours," says Jencey. "We really wanted our music to be catchy and memorable, but also focusing on the issues that we care about." 

The duo garnered local and national success in 2006 with their debut full-length album Blue Roses. Its full of infectious melodies, dusty blue lyrics whispers, hand-claps and toe-tappable folk songs set to guitar and keys. Smile Smile were nominated for “Best Folk Rock Song (“Sad Song”) at the Los Angeles Independent Music Awards, nominated as “Best USA Act” in the Toronto Independent Music Awards, and have had several tracks from Blue Roses licensed for programming on MTV’s NEXT. Smile Smile will also be featured in the upcoming film Jack and Jill vs the World starring Freddie Prinze Jr. 

Although known for their subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) back and forth jabs onstage, when the pair sing together their voices sound as if they are one. Stripping songs down to the bone and emphasizing the simplicity of beautiful music, is about the only thing the two can agree upon.  Curious about their relationship? The duo is in the process of finishing their next full-length album Truth on Tape that chronicles their lives. Together. And apart. And…? 

“This boy-girl duo give me goosebumps with their lovesick punch. Two voices, drum machines, a guitar and a keyboard equal undeniable chemistry. It's emotional without being in-your-face – almost like you're eavesdropping on some pillow talk.” Quick DFW 

“A sort of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Mazzy Star hybrid of sing-along folk, buzzy country-leaning tunes and uptempo/downtempo swings, with brilliantly unconventional songwriting and smart harmonies anchoring the whole deal.” Dallas Observer 

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Bonus MP3- Smile Smile "Sad Song"

Dallas Observer - Pete Freedman

You may have already heard that local folk/pop duo Smile Smile was signed to local label Kirtland Records earlier this week. Not a huge shocker--Smile Smile's a talented act. See for yourselves on that front, though; Kirtland's hooking DC9 readers up with a free download of "Sad Song" (from of the band's soon-to-be re-released Blue Roses album)

Smile Smile Signs with Kirtland Records

Quick DFW - Hunter Hauk
A press release should go out later today, but Smile Smile's Ryan Hamilton was nice enough to give me the heads up that the group is now on the Kirtland Records roster.

 

Tale of the tune: Smile Smile's 'The Attic'

Quick DFW - Hunter Hauk
The stories behind local musicians' songs.

Smile Smile Wins Zig Zag Live

CMJ.com - Rachael Darmanin
Dallas, Texas folk pop act Smile Smile will have something to, er, smile about after being named the grand prize winner of last year's Zig-Zag Live competition, earning them a slot at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. The band, who released their debut album Blue Roses (Crystal Clear) last year, will play Alphabet Lounge, Wednesday October 18 at 8 p.m.

Smile Smile Talks CMJ with DC-9

Dallas Observer - Jonanna Widner
I had a quick chat with Smile Smile’s co-singer/guitarist Ryan Hamilton, a.k.a. the nicest guy in the world, on the phone to get the skinny on the band’s upcoming CMJ appearance.

Concert Review

Pegasus News - Erin Rice
Switching it up between male, female, and duo led vocals, and spanning the indie-pop spectrum while tossing in some folksy and rockabilly pieces, there was no song performed during the set that could have been confused with another.

Smile Smile Wins First Round of Zig Zag

CMJ.com - Rachael Darmanin
The results are in for round one of Zig-Zag Live Contest and the Dallas duo Smile Smile have taken home the prize. Their catchy folk songs from their self-released debut has won them a prize package valued at over $14,000 that includes prominent exposure on www.cmj.com.

Paint It Black

Dallas Observer - Jonanna Widner
Smile Smile's subtle touch is their strength; their just-odd-enough melodies, harmonies and sweet keyboard lines are more than the sum of their parts. That is, made up of distinct, individual, almost simple elements, their songs coalesce into tight, gorgeously rendered units. I'm not sure they even need a full band.

Locals we couldn't stop listening to

Quick DFW - Hunter Hauk
Smile Smile, 'Blue Roses'
This boy-girl duo's transcendent single "Sad Song" gives me goosebumps, and several more songs on Blue Roses pack that same lovesick punch. Two voices, drum machines, a guitar and a keyboard equal undeniable chemistry.
Key tracks: "Anymore," "Sad Song," "Taking Its Toll

ALBUMS

Quick DFW - Erin Wade
The discs we couldn't stop spinning

BLUE ROSES BY SMILE SMILE: This Dallas boy/girl duo bares it all in their music. It's emotional without being in-your-face – almost like you're eavesdropping on some pillow talk.

 

Listen Up: Smile Smile

Fort Worth Weekly - Caroline Collier
Intentionally simple, the Dallas duo Smile Smile spotlights each discrete element of a song, enabling the plainspoken emotion of harmony to speak for itself.

Stripped Down

Dallas Observer by Jonanna Widner
The duo's CD release show at the Cavern was suitable for a rainy Saturday night, low-key but tight with a low hum of energy, sultry and harmony-drenched. Smile Smile is the type of band you need to experience live to appreciate. The new disc, Blue Roses, is solid enough, a sort of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Mazzy Star hybrid of sing-along folk, buzzy country-leaning tunes and uptempo/downtempo swings, with brilliantly unconventional songwriting and smart harmonies anchoring the whole deal.

Smile Smile: Pop Life Fashion

Quick DFW - Erin Wade
They're young, super-nice, totally unpretentious and in love (or are they?). Jencey Hirunrusme and Ryan Hamilton of Smile Smile are attached at the hip and create the kind of moving music that could only be made by soul mates.

Smile Smile's Sad Song

TexasGigs.com By Cindy Chaffin
Local favorites Smile Smile have lots of good stuff happnin' in the coming days and weeks.

Get Acquainted with Smile Smile

Quick DFW - Hunter Hauk
As boy-girl groups go, Smile Smile's a keeper. While that's a play on the lyrics to "Sad Song," a single from the Dallas duo's self-titled CD, it's also the truth.

Smile Smile: EP Review

Dallas Observer - Jesse Hughey
Smile Smile's sad sad guy/gal duets about failure, break-ups and betrayal are like a journal detailing a quarter-life crisis...

An 'Adventure' Every Month

Quick DFW - Hunter Hauk
"One of the biggest local success stories recently on The Adventure Club. From the first time I played them, people were going nuts wanting to see this boy-girl duo. More gorgeous slow pop."