SMUDJAS, THE: What We Have Is Today: LP

May 23, 2018

Wow, this is right in my wheelhouse! The Smudjas are from Italy and offer a mix of melodic punk with mid-’90s DIY emo tinges. The songs are sung in English with personal type relationship-based lyrics, which come off as ultimately full of meaning without being cheesy. This essentially sounds like everything in the world that I like while ultimately also sounding like nothing I have ever liked before—familiar, yet original and fresh sounding. It’s no surprise to read that they previously toured with the U.K. band Wild Animals, who are great as well. Recommended. –Mark Twistworthy (Adagio 830,