BUSM are guaranteed to put a Smile on your mug with their audacious single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Boisterously brimming with chicken-scratch wah-wah guitar licks, percolating basslines and solidly grooving drums, the Oshawa trio’s latesttrack is nothing short of a vibrant funkadelic firecracker. “The intention with Smile was a riff-rock blues vibe reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and/or Stevie Ray Vaughn,” the band explain. But the song’s deeper message isn’t lost on anyone who’s paying attention. “In some ways, the song lyrics reflect a commentary on social media and the pressure everyone feels to look good in society: to project a positive image. It is a commentary on the organic nature of smiling — an act which cannot be forced.”
BUSM — Big Up Sour Mash — features Shawn Cormier on guitar, Dustin Cormier on bass and Mike Loyal on drums. They started out as a comedic acoustic-rock group, but eventually morphed into “a three-headed dragon of electric commercial punk mixed with dark, erotic undertones of rock ’n’ roll.” That sound is honed by their producer Austin Nolan, a dedicated gearhead and audio engineer who gives the band plenty of input during the creative process. “Austin is very very meticulous as an engineer/producer, taking painstaking time to sculpt the body of the sound.”
They’ve been keeping him busy; Smile is BUSM’s fourth single of the year, preceded by Can’t Be Bothered, Sticky Magazine and Pretty Kitty. “We took a new approach to releasing songs by debuting them all as singles, each with their own unique album art,” they say. “We took a lot of time figuring out the aesthetics of each title cover, which we are particularly fond of and proud of.”