Aww, two couples in a rock band, isn’t that sweet…? No, it’s not. Don’t let those two friendly front-women dressed in white fool you, this is Undersmile, the most downtrodden doom this side of the Atlantic. Hailing from Oxfordshire, Taz and Ollie Corona-Brown, along with Hel Sterne and Tom McKibbin have crafted some of the most sub-Earthly enchantment and endless despair imaginable across the 2010 EP ‘A Sea of Dead Snakes’, the 2011 split EP with Caretaker and now Narwhal, their debut album on Future Noise. Next spring they will release a split 12” LP with their acoustic alter-ego Coma Wall on Shaman Recordings, a release that’s been highly anticipated in the underground metal scene.
Both their live shows and their recordings have garnered critical praise for their intense and original take on the doom and sludge genres. They have played alongside such luminaries as Dylan Carlson (Earth), Weedeater, Zoroaster, Conan, Bong, Black Sun and recently toured the UK with Ides of Gemini (Neurot Recordings) in September 2012.
Undersmile also have an acoustic incarnation called Coma Wall that blend haunting Americana, dark folk and blues. In this guise, they have played at the inaugural DesertFest 2012 and with Dylan Carlson of Earth.
Hel Sterne – vocals and lead/rhythm guitar
Taz Corona-Brown – vocals and rhythm guitar
Olly Corona-Brown – bass
Tom McKibbin – drums