Banks Arcade Present New Visionaries with ‘Smile’

Last year they kicked off their partnership with UNFD on the right note with their fiery hybrid of nu-metal, ‘Don’t Start’. Now Banks Arcade are adding another layer to their visionary with second single, ‘Smile’. Like its predecessor, ‘Smile’ erupts into a subtle yet brooding rock melody inspired by the notion of “fake it ’til you make it”. Vocalist Joshua O’Donnell shares with us the song’s meaning:

“The future feels uncertain for a lot of people at the moment. We feel lost and unsure of where we’re headed, and it can lead to a lot of masochism and unhealthy escapism. ‘Smile’ comments on this pleasure seeking mentality and a culture that is obsessed with self gratification.”

Straight up give this track a spin if you frothed last year’s releases from Trash Boat and Boston Manor. What I love and find most intriguing about these guys is their ability to build upon their array of musical influences, whether that be rock, metal or electronic and somehow transforming that into a track that feels like it came from the very heart and soul of the band. With each new song, Banks Arcade give us more reason to get behind them. And hey, don’t forget to smile today. It’s a good day!

Words by Tamara May @citylightstam

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Wall of Sound's Head of Album Reviews. Weekend Content. Pop Punk Enthusiast.