Big Smile - Killdozer
8.4Overall Score

Big Smile, Killdozer
Anchor Eighty Four Records

Fancy a little bit of pop-punk to spice up your week? Well, Cincinnati quintet Big Smile might just be what you’re looking for! The guys have just been signed to Anchor Eighty Four Records, and it seems like they’re proving themselves already. Their sound is equal parts introspective and gloriously boppy, resulting in the perfect emo-pop-punk blend, and latest single Killdozer is no exception – tackling the complexities of substance addiction, this song delivers baring lyrics paired with a fierce, pit-pleasing rhythm.

Killdoze’s charm lies in its combination of sweet and sour; bright, layered instrumentals fight against bleak, hopeless lyrics. Steady drumming and indie-esque guitars feels light and Summer-y, while the reflective lyrics give it a poignant edge. At moments, the track almost feels similar to The Hunna’s Bonfire in terms of its fun structuring, yet those baring lyrics and heavier guitars really help ground it in the realms of pop-punk.

David ‘Scooter’ Smith’s glorious vocals also help this track stand out; his vocal delivery feels instantly familiar, truly embodying classic pop-punk in a way that is incredibly satisfying. Smith’s pop-punk vocals only heighten the impact of tattoo-worthy lyrics like ‘I know you like the back of my bottom teeth’, resulting in a listening experience that somehow transports you back to your teen years – in a really, really great way.

These guys have opened for the likes of State Champs, The Dangerous Summer, and Bittersweet faves Grayscale, and after you give them a listen it’s clear why – Big Smile have created a brilliant emo-pop-punk track here. We can’t wait to see what else these guys will be releasing under their new label!

Stream Killdozer here.