First Listen: The Absolute – Smile

Grow_01_1600pxEqual parts Ian McCulloch and Bono, Philip Ross, frontman for Los Angeles-based The Absolute, understands adulthood can be a bitch. Backed by drummer Anthony Lopez, guitarists Michael Pozzi and Ashton Likes, and bassist Ryan Driscoll, Ross and The Absolute take the darker edges of the former with the once-earnestness of the latter on “Smile,” the latest single from their 2014 debut LP, Grow.

Detailing lessons learned from experiencing life’s false promises, The Absolute show us storybook endings are nothing but fiction on “Smile.” What one learns from such events should inform and inspire human growth.

Stream “Smile” below and purchase Grow via Randm Records.

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