Encompassing genres of both grunge and psychedelic rock, Smile’s sound has been quoted as “heavy sludge with great pop hooks.”
They had modest radio hits on KROQ and 91 X with songs such as STARING AT THE SUN from MAQUEE and INSTANT BRAIN DAMAGE from their second album GIRL CRUSHES BOY, produced by Mark Trombino (blink-182, Jimmy Eat World). They signed under Headhunter, a San Diego-based label, and Atlantic in 1994, but left Atlantic during the recording sessions of their second album, due to a growing resistance the band felt towards the label. They remained under Headhunter and in 1998, original band member, Aaron Sonnenberg left and was replaced by Bob Thomson (Big Drill Car) on bass. In 1999, the band added keyboardist Matt Fletcher. In 2001, Scott Reeder left the band to join Fu Manchu and was replaced by Matt's brother, James Fletcher on drums. Michael Rosas broke up the band in 2003 and soon after founded Satisfaction.
In February 2013 and January 2014 Smile reunited to play a handful shows in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles.