'Just when you thought punk was dead and nothing good could come out of Los Angeles, Smug shows up like a breath of fresh air to both a dying city and genre' - Fronteirs, London Fronted by bassist/vocalist Bret Helm (P.i.L., Doc Tahri), this Los Angeles based band delivers edgy power punk pop songs that are both well crafted and soncially sculpted to ensure a dark, distorted and unsettling ride. On 'Owen' (their sophmore release), Helm and partner Sean Daniel (drums, guitar, vibes) have taken a serious departure from their debut 'Freshly Stained'. What remains constant is Helm's unique apporach to bass coupled with his intropsective and thought provoking lyrics. However on 'Owen', the band and Helm (melodically speaking) takes more chances pushing the envelope further with massive amounts of low end, distortion and feedback making this gem of a record a truly unique, albeit uncomfortable ride. 'Smug is like a Vitamin B shot to any record collection' - This really amazing lady named Trina 'Punk hasn't seen a character like Helm since it's glory days of artists such as Jello Biafra and Johnny Lydon' -Whisperin & Hollerin, U.K.
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