Just a quick edit to this page to say they are back! We loved them in 2016, we hope you do in 2018.
When Smiley got in touch with us we were impressed by their ‘revolution sounds’ a great fusion of genres and a passion that made us want to get them for your to enjoy. We are sure they will be a hit.
Smiley and The Underclass emerged two years ago from the melting pot of West London’s Ladbroke Grove as the sound of 21st Century multicultural London.
Echoing the rebellious call to arms of The Clash and Dylan, infused with the bass-heavy vibrations of Jamaican sound system culture, Smiley sings the revolution blues with a burning fire largely missing from today’s music scene, with lyrics encompassing climate change, social inequality and the need for humanity to recognise it’s power and self-destructiveness.
Heavyweight horns punktuate the skank of urgent guitars driven by relentless rhythms that are guaranteed to put holes in your shoes.
Catchy, endearing, angry and rootikal; The Underclass bridge the divide once more between rock and reggae with a riot of their own, potent enough to awaken all punk rockers and roots rebels in this modern era.
The eponymous debut EP captures the promise of what’s to come from Smiley and The Underclass. Produced by Nick Manasseh and featuring the legendary trombonist Vin Gordon, it’s a striking reminder that the time’s long overdue for a raw new sound and this could well be it.
The soundtrack to the revolution is here. All you have to do is tune in….
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