Following the appearance of the song Benefits Odder Pennsylvanians
in Pittsburgh Fashion Week and the departure of pianist Steph Cozza, SM’s live sound hardened with the addition of guitarist Nick Bigatel (Meredith’s older brother) and drummer Brian Zalewski in 2013. At the same time, the warmer, Wall of Sound-inspired textures of the Facetious Melody
album gave a startling contrast to the group’s raucous onstage performances.
Despite overwhelmingly positive critical reception across the US and in Europe, SM’s distinctly accessible 2014 single Good Exercise
and the darkly luxurious Peerless Suavity
album failed to win significant airplay for the group. Subsequently, Trafford opted to focus toward collaborative soundtrack projects and solo recordings, while the elder Bigatel and Zalewski went on to form heavy rock outfit Smokey Bellows
(named for a lyric in Trafford's song Chassis