BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES are an unsigned, four-piece alt rock ensemble from North Wales/Chester UK comprised of Billy Bibby/lead vox & guitar; Rob Jones/lead guitar & vox; Matt Bassy/bass & vox; Mike Pearce/drums.
Since playing their first full band gig in November of 2015, the band have tallied over 100 gigs and festivals in 50+ UK cities, and released a début EP and four singles, including the most recent ‘Hamburg’.
Hard work is paying off in the form a growing, grassroots fan base, as well as music industry recognition with two grant wins from Horizons/BBC Launchpad and Arts Council of Wales toward new music development and touring. Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have caught the attention of numerous tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, Radio X, NME, BBC Radio Wales, and over 100 radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad.
With festival season upon us, after successful slots at FOCUS Wales and Dot to Dot Bristol, the band look forward to headlining The Crystal Stage at Tramlines (Sheffield) and playing Kendal Calling, Calling Out Stage.
Manchester legend Clint Boon describes the band’s music as “that classic sort of British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana,” naming Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen as points of reference and predicting “a massive future”. The band’s influences remain diverse, both classic and cutting edge, with new songs constantly being added to an already varied live repertoire.
Despite forming recently, reviewers consistently remark that the group chemistry and level of musicianship are such that they play like a veteran ensemble. Bibby has surrounded himself with talent, initially holding auditions with the help of Simon Jones of The Verve. Experience also plays a key role considering Bibby’s history as a UK Platinum Certified recording artist with Catfish and the Bottlemen (The Balcony), bringing to bear seven years of gigging and songcraft to every show and in every heartfelt song he’s written.
In 2017, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles continue to tour relentlessly, winning over fans one by one with their energetic, tuneful, and optimistic rock. Perhaps Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio summed up the band’s future best when he said, “This fella knows how to write a chorus that one day a crowd–a BIG crowd-will sing back to him.”
“Full of guts and life and love and a thoroughly persuasive belief in the redemptive power of music. You listen to that, it believes.” Adam Walton // BBC Introducing Radio Wales
“I just believe he’s got such a massive future.” Clint Boon // XS Manchester
“These are big guitar songs, no doubt about it. Serious guitar solos. Strides are hit, momentum kicking. The songs feel anthemic.” Dan Beale // Northern Exposure
“A few true talents go on to outshine their ex-bands… Such a talent is Billy Bibby…” Mark Beaumont // NME
“Feel good jam perfect for your summer road trips” Rockdafuqout
” Sunshine vibes and escapist dreams …. fashionable and slick indie goodness” Dancing With Architecture
“A guaranteed an indie club floor filler” Right Chord Music
“A Strong Debut” Gideon Coe
“‘Redolence’ is the perfect soundtrack to your summer” E Major
“This track has everything you need in an indie festival anthem – something about Camens really feels like the real deal” Goodnight The Skye
“Camens, you are crossing generational expectation, widening music knowledge and creating a summer sound even with full clouds above us….it doesn’t get better” Rookie Reviewer
CAMENS are a four piece indie/alternative rock band from Staffordshire. Formerly known as LazyEye, the band rebranded in 2016 to avoid any confusion with an American band of the same name, and CAMENS was born, same line-up, same energy, same passion, same killer tunes… only bigger and better. Their debut single was picked up on by BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe who described it as a “really strong debut, very well produced”, and Tom Robinson whose team chose it for Tom’s ‘Fresh On The Net’ listening post. On the back of the single ‘Boys Will Stray’, the band got booked up for Latitude, Wilderness, Boardmasters, and Green Man Festivals, performing on The Hurly Burly Stage, as well as having interest from abroad.