The Smears are the ‘Queens of the Scene’ and are an all-girl punk/grunge band that can
back up this bold statement whilst pulling no punches.
They have been writing, recording and playing their own songs nationally, for the last 9
years gaining a reputation as a one of Nottingham's best live acts and always leaving a
lasting impression wherever they have played with their memorable performances.
The Smears are a hard working band whose live shows are fun and likened to ‘being hit by a
train driven by Iggy Pop and Courtney Love’ or ‘L7 being caught in a bar room brawl with
Mudhoney’ all comparisons that the girls are very proud of.
From the Smears’ music, you might find that there is an air of aggression, hostility and
frustration. If this is your conclusion, you haven’t looked into the rich tapestry of the opus;
delve into their music again, take notes if you have to, but make sure you think about the
imagery they use, you will find it rewarding.
Like all great bands, The Smears are a gang. You name it these girls have faced it. The girls
have been hungry, broke, through breakups and breakdowns but like all great bands they
have always put their anger, energy and frustration in to their music.
Not ones to mince their words The Smears write short sharp songs which they don’t want to
drag you to the depths of their despair but to lift you out of yours. The pounding drums,
distorted guitars, delicious bass lines and gutsy vocals mould together to fit right in to the
modern punky grunge noise that they create.
The album is their long awaited follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed debut ‘Hell In High
Heels’ and sees the feisty threesome continue to push genre boundaries with their attitude
fuelled music and no-nonsense lyrics.
The nine tracks were mixed and mastered in Los Angeles, California by renowned engineer
Dan Knowles who managed to capture the exact sound that the band were looking for.
“The Smears claim to be noisy girls with nice guitars and we here at Uber Rock believe them.
Their debut album came out on luscious pink vinyl and with the follow up due for release
next spring and the promise of even dirtier songs to look forward to, it looks like exciting
times ahead. With an L7 shaped hole in the punk rock market these days, they could well be
the gals to fill it up.” - Uber Rock
“The Smears are one of those bands who I always hope will come through, one which makes
you sit up and listen, makes you pay attention and makes you want to hear more from them.
Their sound is unique whilst pinned on established bands which creates something pretty
special, something I for one want to hear a lot more of! - Loud-Stuff.com
“These girls can blast it out with the best of 'em, make no doubt about that, fast and furious
and played like they mean it....” – Soundcheck Magazine
“Powerful, ballsy, with a hint of riot grrl and early grunge, this all girl band is bringing punk bang
up to date with a real no mercy attitude backed up with quality tunes.” – digitalgig.co.uk