USC band drops second album under new name
Bringing a beach vibe to this seasonâs chilly weather, The Miracals, formally known as The Smiles, released Give Me a Chance, its 2nd EP, on Nov. 7.
A few months ago, the three-piece band of USC students changed its name to The Miracals after a legal conflict with a local childrenâs dental office.
The name might have changed, but the groupâs classic laid-back surf rock sound has not.
Comprising alumnus John McGrath on vocals and guitar, Will Sturgeon, a senior majoring in popular music on vocals and bass, and Mark Edwards, a senior in the music industry program playing the drums, the group says it’s influenced by The Beach Boys, and describes its music as âbeach rockâ or âtropical grunge.” For this particular EP, Mike Goldman, of the band Chasing Kings, joined in the recording.
Give Me a Chance seems perfect for summertime, but it might fill in the gap for listeners longing for warm weather to return.
âOh I Knowâ starts off the 5-track EP with a quick drum intro and immediately falls into the distinct harmonies of vocalists John McGrath and Will Sturgeon. The song sounds like a heart-to-heart exchanged between two friends with lines such as âYou give her anything, but she would only takeâ and âSheâs no good for you after all.â
Those lyrics lead into the next song âGive Me a Chance,â a love song with vocals pleading for a girlâs affection. It is reminiscent of classic crooner tunes of the ’50s.
The rest of the EP sticks with a romantic theme and is appropriate for date nights or cruising around beach towns. The music is fairly simple but it is very solid with solid drum patterns and melodic guitar and bass lines.
Give Me a Chance is available on iTunes and for free on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.