If it seems like the youngsters of the formerly Seattle-based Smoosh have long since outlived the kitschy, trendy, ironic critiques, buzz and labels, you’re correct. It’s been a decade since the young ladies released (er, mailed out) their 2-track single Tomato Mistakes to anyone who was willing to listen. Since then, they’ve played Lollapalooza, opened for Cat Power, Pearl Jam and Sufjan Stevens, been featured on the Stuart Murdoch-curated God Help the Girl soundtrack and pumped out three full-length LPs. Did I mention their oldest member, Asya, is just now 18? So if these girls look familiar, it’s probably because they were running around at your little sister’s birthday party not too long ago.
Discovered and mentored by Jason McGerr, staff member at Seattle Drum School and drummer of Death Cab For Cutie, the girls have spent a decade under the influence of great talent. Though they may have just started voting, driving, or dealing with high school drama, Smoosh’s music shows immense maturity. Sure, they don’t have a Joni Mitchell’s lifetime of experiences to draw from, but in a time when canned TV-show songs are making waves with teens and tweens, they exhibit true, refined talent paralelling the likes of PJ Harvey, Camera Obscura and Leslie Feist. Their newest effort, Withershins, was released earlier this year via their Bandcamp page for free. During our broadcast during CMJ, the band of sisters dropped by the Cutting Room Studios NYC and treated us to four wonderful tracks. Check ‘em out now: