Smiler – ‘The Last Demo’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 24 November 2017 04:40

Smiler artworkSix tracks of pure undiluted hardcore South Wales style. What you can't hear it? Turn it up, ya big pussy…


'So Righteous' is shouty, loud, fast, brutal - and short.  Hardcore in a nutshell, I guess.  Authentic and honest are two other words that spring to mind.  But, hold on to your undercrackers, because 'Shipwrecked' is up next and, clocking in at less than a minute (with an intro tape included) it's to the point, I'm sure you'll agree.  


I'm not sure what I can add to this review except to say that, from the band's inception in 2009, they stayed true to their beliefs and ploughed a furrow, playing supports to the likes of illite crusty punks Discharge and The Subhumans.  Line-up changes and I guess frustrations getting in the way, and finally reaching a breaking point, Smiler decided to call it a day but not before laying down these six tracks you have before you.  


True to themselves until the end, Smiler did it on their terms and managed to make a small dent in the musical landscape of South Wales.  If their final legacy is 'Wheelie Bin Hardcore' then job done.  I salute all who sailed in her and wish them the best for what and where they should pop up next. Noisy bastards! Short and sweet!


‘The Last Demo’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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