Smirk is a solo project from Nick Vicario (Crisis Man, Public Eye, Cemento). Following the release of ‘LP’ on Feel It (US) and Drunken Sailor (EU/UK) earlier this year, Smirk is back with a brand new 12” EP on Total Punk. While ‘LP’ compiled Smirk’s two limited run cassettes, ‘EP’ is seven fresh tracks of wiry well-crafted punk with heaps of hooks. Sharp guitars and anxious one note leads adding tension to the locked in propulsive groove of the bass and drums. Nick Vicario, doing his best ‘man on wire’ routine, exudes cool confidence while poking at the anxieties of modern life. Strutting his way to the apocalypse one jittery jam at a time, ‘EP’ is agitated, catchy, and bouncy as hell. 100% TOTAL PUNK.
This album feels eternal, simultaneously feeling like it belongs anywhere and everywhere between the late '70s and today, effortlessly jumping between Devo-esque new wave and '90s indie rock with perfect results. Every single track whips ass. 10/10 AOTY. Conor
Funky speedy tunes that will put a large smile on your face and make you incontralably twitch until you start dancing/jumping around.
Very punky and rich vocal work, with a wide variety of expressions, from sweety warm tone to sour, almost mocking voice, with crystal clear, almost ethereal or childlike moments. Tarage