Band of the Day


Wild Smiles

A trio influenced by classic rock, but whose lyrics respond to modern day British youth issues
I could get a job, I could wear a suit, a monkey in a suit, to make some money.
lyrics from Never Wanted This

Wild Smiles are a three-piece alternative indie band from Winchester made up of brothers Chris Peden, 23 (Lead Guitar, vocals) and Joe Peden, 18 (Bass Guitar, backing vocals) as well as Ben Cook, 20 (Percussion). The band’s debut album, Always Tomorrow, takes inspirations from classic rock bands such as The Ramones , Pulp and Dinosaur Junior, whilst the lyrics respond to modern day issues; the struggles of the debt-heavy, disaffected youth. "Hold On" was inspired by a friend of the band who killed himself by jumping off a bridge, and “Never Wanted This” is about trying to get a job and not having any money. The album highlights the collective sense of hopelessness and failed aspirations that much of modern day British youth feel in 2014. "Always Tomorrow is to do with getting older and all our friends moving away and everything changing, but the point is things will get better.” – Chris Peden “It’s our perception of life,” says Ben. “Not necessarily the voice of a generation but just how we all see it.” The band currently feature as one of The Hottest New Bands on Spotify and profiled on iTunes New Artist page as ‘One to Watch”. Further UK radio support has come from the likes of Zane Lowe & Huw Stephens at Radio 1 and Lauren Laverne at 6Music. The band have also gained international recognition with Australia's Triple J, Sweden's Gimme Indie and various US college stations already behind the band.