Formed on a whim at a party in 2002 the Smittens have emerged as one of America's best- loved underground indiepop quintets, releasing 3 full-length albums, a remix ep, and a handful of singles and compilation appearances. Their fourth studio album, Believe Me, is due out on London's Fika Recordings in summer, 2012.
As a fixture on the international indiepop festival circuit, with appearances at the Indietracks festival, Athens Popfest, NYC Popfest, Popfest New England, San Francisco Popfest, London Popfest, and the Cosy Den Festival in Stockholm, the Smittens have been bringing their lively, melodic sound to new fans every chance they get. In summer 2012 the Smittens are heading back to Europe for their most ambitious adventure yet, this time with the fabulous help of backup singer/soapmaker Missy Bly.
To date the Smittens have toured across the US and in Canada, the UK, France, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark and have shared the stage with many bands they admire including Allo Darlin’, Math & Physics Club, Tullycraft, The Mountain Goats, The Undertones, Ballboy, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Mates of State, We Are Scientists, Mirah, The Butchies, Kimya Dawson, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Tender Trap, Bishop Allen, The Essex Green, Comet Gain, Standard Fare, Bunnygrunt, The Manhattan Love Suicides, Cats On Fire, Dear Nora, James Kochalka Superstar, and even Richie Havens!
"The Smittens have the power to embody to a tee the style known as twee" Losing Today
"The closest America has yet come to the transcendent pop/squall mix of Scotland’s terrific twee bands like The Pastels." New Haven (CT) Advocate
"[Gentlefication Now! is] one of the best home recorded indie pop records of all time." Bee's Knees #20
"Imagine a band that shut themselves up in the garage with albums by the Archies and Talking Heads and you sort of get the idea of what these folks sound like." Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel
"If the Disney Channel were run by K Records, the Smittens would be the hugest! Their multi-tracked harmonies, sugar-rush guitar melodies, and DIY synth burbles and cute outfits are relentlessly, huggably adorable." Boston Phoenix
"Imagine you're in a room with five people all singing their hearts out, and their voices sound so good together, and their songs are filled with love and hope, [and] their songs sound good, and make you feel good, and in that room you feel like the world is good, and people are good, and things are changing for the better. That's what the little revolution of The Smittens' new album is like." Erasing Clouds
"one of the best indie pop albums in years" PopMatters "THE twee pop album of 2008" Kingem
"another indiepop jewel" The Athens Exchange
"a must for any lover of twee" The Flatlander
"honest, simple, cute, and perfect" Efeito Musical
released July 23, 2012
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