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L.A. synth/dance-pop four-piece Smallpools know their way around a hook -- lyrical or otherwise. With the release of their excellent debut LP, LOVETAP!, a month ago as well as several years of touring & recording experience, they're expert pop songsmiths. And, there's no better example of Smallpool's effortless charisma and charm than a live performance.

We shot the band in Austin as part of our Day Party during the Annual SXSW conference, and Smallpools killed with their infectious synth hooks/melodies and the magnetic presence of Sean Scanlon -- who, if we're being honestly, bears an uncanny resemblance to multiple Academy Award nominee, Bradley Cooper, in our video. With tracks like "Street Fight," "Dreaming," and "Karaoke," it's clear that Smallpools are stars in the making, and we couldn't be happier to be sharing this exclusive concert footage with the world. Smallpools is ready for the big ocean.

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Take me out and we'll care about nothing real, nothing real, real at all.
Pick me up and we'll make shit up as we go, as we go, go along.
Take me out and we'll karaoke.
Tonight we feel famous, don't we? Pick me up and we'll make a movie.
I'm acting like the world can't hold me down, and down, and down.
They'll never hold me down, and down, and down.
We'll pass the mic around, around, around, around.
Take me out and we'll carry each other home through the lights, through the crowd.
Pick me up and we'll make shit up.
So it feels like it's real here and now.
Take me out and we'll karaoke.
Tonight we feel famous, don't we? Pick me up and we'll make a movie.
I'm acting like the world can't hold me down, and down, and down.
They'll never hold me down, and down, and down.
We'll pass the mic around, around, around, around.
Take me out and we'll care about nothing real, nothing real, real at all.
Take me out and we'll karaoke.
Tonight we feel famous, don't we? Pick me up and we'll make a movie.
I'm acting like the world can't hold me down, and down, and down.
They'll never hold me down, and down, and down.
We'll pass the mic around, around, around, around.
Take me out and we'll karaoke.
Take me out and we'll karaoke.
- Everything works? First time, everything works.
Woo.
Monumentous occasion for us at South by Southwest.
It was a company event with a margarita tent.
I said, "How's your week?" She said, "Man, I'm spent.
" And I could use a crazy night and I would love to see Chennai.
We could commandeer a little plane and fly or we could just skip stones in the shade.
never let you down.
I wanna feel this night over and over.
I wanna get inside.
We'll take it up and down.
I wanna live this night over and over.
- She had a finger on the braille.
We let a thimble go to jail.
A little wooden sign that said, "Brace yourself.
" never let you down.
I wanna feel this right over and over.
I wanna get inside.
We'll take it up and down.
I wanna live this night over and over.
- And if we have to flee this city, from the parlor to the well.
All we'll have to show for leaving, is a penny soaked to hell.
- And if we have to flee this city, from the parlor to the well.
All we'll have to show for leaving, is a penny soaked to hell.
- Give me some noise, Austin! never let you down.
I wanna feel this night over and over.
I wanna get inside.
We'll take it up and down.
I wanna live this night over and over.
I wanna call you mine and never let you down.
I wanna feel this night over and over.
I wanna get inside.
We'll take it up and down.
I wanna live this night over and over.
- Thank you so much.
This next one comes off our new album coming out on Monday.
It's called, "Street Fight.
" Caught in a street fight.
You need a lifeline.
Go on and use me.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
Beaten down from high to low.
But that don't make sense to me.
You say this town, has broke your bones.
But that don't make sense to me.
You've been driving through the desert, talking to yourself.
I'm supposed to make it right.
So don't leave this way.
You've been running with the devil, swinging at your friends, your friends, your friends.
Yeah, yeah.
You say you're-- You need a lifeline.
Go on and use me.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
Under the streetlights, I'll wait a lifetime.
Just like the movies, I'll be your Bruce Lee.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
- In the ground, nobody to hold.
I'll lift you up again.
Lost and found, on the side of the road.
I'll bring you back again.
You've been driving through the desert, talking to yourself.
I'm supposed to make it right.
So don't leave this way.
You've been running with the devil, swinging at your friends, your friends, your friends.
Yeah, yeah.
You say you're-- You need a lifeline.
Go on and use me.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
Under the streetlights, I'll wait a lifetime.
Just like the movies, I'll be your Bruce Lee.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
- I would do that for you, okay? - Caught in a street fight.
You need a lifeline.
Go on and use me.
need a lifeline.
Go on and use me.
I'll be your Bruce Lee.
Under the streetlights, I'll wait a lifetime.
Just like the movies, I'll be your Bruce Lee.
I'll be your Bruce Lee. I'll be your Bruce Lee.
- Thank you so much.
That song used to be called, "Bruce Lee" if you might imagine.
But we heard that the family of Bruce Lee gets kinda lawsuit happy.
So we're covering our butts there.
Street fight.
- Track 5.
She saw the world through a mason jar.
It's foggy.
She had the kids with their vicious smiles, they got me.
Up on the hill with the trophy wife, she's doing all right.
All right.
Yeah.
They let her roam some tree or vine, no question.
She's got a home with some shit to climb, don't mention.
Been up and down like a hundred times, but I got to kill this conversation while there is still sense in my mind.
No one will ever know.
- She wrote a film about a double life she's living.
She had a weak co-star in mind, I give in.
Mix up the clear with the coffee grinds, we're shooting all night, all night.
Yeah.
I feel the shift of the falling tide, I'm leaving.
Nobody dares to take her side, still pleading.
She's breaking down to me one more time, but I got to kill this conversation while there is still sense in my mind.
No one will ever know.
We both know, the green will fade to gold.
But it wasn't right.
I should have called them off.
A face like stone, her pain begins to show.
But it was not right.
I should have called them off.
- We both know-- - --the green will fade to gold.
- But it wasn't right.
I should have called them off.
- A face like stone-- - --her pain begins to show.
- But is was not right.
I should have called them off.
I should have called them off.
- Thank you.
- Give it up for Sean and his cool sounds.
- We had an incident this week.
Here's Sharon and Cher.
So hard to have a real conversation with the crowd.
You just get utterances.
Anyone's first time being in a Smallpools situation or anything? Sweet.
Thanks for giving it a shot.
We got a new album coming out on Monday, our first one ever.
This song is from it.
It's called, "American Love.
" We wanna start with your hands in the air, like we're all one family.
She doesn't panic from the warning signs.
She's hiding under foreign cotton and sheets of ice, until I come around and clear her mind.
But I know who you are, so why don't we start again.
she wore a pair of my gloves.
Then she flew me to Milan.
She calls me her American love.
American love.
American love.
American love.
- A bay-and-gable in a small lake town.
She wants to buy it from her dad just to tear it down.
Then tell her uncles they can have it now.
But we're still coming by just for the fireworks.
she wore a pair of my gloves.
Then she flew me to Milan.
She calls me her American love.
American love.
American love. American love.
If I belong to anyone, I choose a blonde and have a son.
Dress him up in tennis shoes and play along until he's good.
If I belong to anyone, I choose a blonde and have a son.
Teach him things to get him by the city girls will never buy.
choose a blonde and have a son.
Dress him up in tennis shoes and play along until he's good.
American love.
American love.
American love.
American love.
American love. American love.
- Thank you.
When we first became a band and we put out some music, we used to search our own name on the internet just to see what people were saying about the music.
Every couple of days, we would see some people ranting about how it's really messed up to keep killer whales inside of small pools.
- That's just not cool, man.
- So we'd search our name.
These people had no idea that we existed, but their answer was coming up in our search feeds.
I think it struck a chord with us and we ended up just naming this next song, "Killer Whales," for all those guys.
This one goes out to them.
Submissive tone, you can play like you're willing to fall apart, but could you let this go? You keep your bones outstretched til the minute I turn around.
How do I reach that soul? You called to say, "Can you live with my mistakes?" about.
I never believed I'd make it out.
You weren't around for quite a while.
Were you saving all the killer whales? You are the one they spoke about.
I never believed I'd make it out.
You weren't around for quite a while.
You were saving all the killer whales.
- Save, save, save.
I am afraid I was made to be able to fall apart and disconnect like so.
I keep my chest locked tight 'til the minute you come around.
How did you reach my soul? I called to say, "Can you live with my mistakes?" about.
I never believed I'd make it out.
You weren't around for quite a while.
Were you saving all the killer whales? You are the one they spoke about.
I never believed I'd make it out.
You weren't around for quite a while.
You were saving all the killer whales.
- Save, save, save. Save, save, save.
Alone in that motor suite tonight.
I wonder who paints those faces on Pesos.
Intricate scenes beyond your mind.
But she was a concept, I was in love then.
Alone in that motor suite tonight.
I'm trying to paint your face in my brain so I can get sleep and calm my mind.
But she was a concept, I was in love then.
You are the one they spoke about.
I never believed I'd make it out.
You weren't around for quite a while.
about.
I never believed I'd make it out.
You weren't around for quite a while.
You were saving all the killer whales.
- Save, save, save. Save, save, save.
- All right.
Thank you guys, so much for joining us at the Baeble party here.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
We love you guys.
We're called, "Smallpools.
" Thank you so much.
I see the place that we belong together.
Together, like we were something more.
It felt like maybe we could last forever.
Forever, but you led them to our hideout.
Forced the way inside.
Now, they want us to surrender.
Us to surrender, but I could go all night right here between their crossfire.
We'll send them up a message.
I'll send a message saying, "Give it up, give it up.
" caught up in the rodeo.
Oh no, please God, tell me we're dreaming.
We've got nowhere to run, they've all got loaded guns.
Oh no, please God, tell me we're dreaming.
Please God, tell me we're dreaming.
- Wait for the dust to settle down around us.
Around us, and then stick to what we know.
I think the air is finally safe to breathe again.
To breathe again, the world is in your palm now.
So take a breath and calm down, you have been selected.
You've been selected.
A few will ever find out, and if you don't see why, well at least you got your nest egg.
You got your nest egg.
So live it up, live it up.
caught up in the rodeo.
Oh no, please God, tell me we're dreaming.
We've got nowhere to run, they've all got loaded guns.
Oh no, please God, tell me we're dreaming.
Please God, tell me we're dreaming.
Please God, tell me we're dreaming.
- Give it up, give it up.
But you led them to our hideout.
Forced their way inside.
Now, they want us to surrender.
Us to surrender, but I could go all night right here between their crossfire.
We'll send them up a message.
I'll send a message saying, "Give it up, give it up.
" caught up in the rodeo.
Oh no, please God, tell me we're dreaming.
We've got nowhere to run, they've all got loaded guns.
Oh no, please God, tell me we're dreaming.
Please God, tell me we're dreaming.
Please God, tell me we're dreaming.
- Thank you so much, guys.

Artist Bio

The story of Smallpools is mostly a series of happy coincidences. Vocalist Sean Scanlon and guitarist Mike Kamerman met at SXSW in 2007 while both of them were playing in different bands. After forging a friendship based on a mutual love of music and a shared frustration of not seeing their respective bands actually take off, the two eventually decided to join forces and, ultimately, leave the East Coast behind. Moving to LA in 2011 ("We threw all of our stuff in a van and drove cross country from New Jersey," says Kamerman), both musicians had no solid plan other than to try and make music and not starve to death in the process. "It just seemed like eventually something would have to happen," recalls vocalist Sean Scanlon. As luck would have it, eventually something did. After randomly crossing paths with bassist and recent Portland transplant Joe Intile (who, in turn, would randomly cross paths with drummer Beau Kuther, himself recently uprooted from Portland and dropped in Los Angeles for work), the newly assembled band booked some studio time in Atlanta to bang out three songs that would ultimately serve as a template for their burgeoning sound, a first in a series of happy surprises for the band.

Recorded with up-and-coming LA production team Captain Cuts, the tracks on the self-titled EP nicely encapsulate the kind of kaleidoscopic rock/pop explosion Smallpools is all about. "Dreaming" is a potent statement of intent-a propulsive synthsplosion that blends stadium-sized hooks with Scanlon's euphoric vocals. When he sings the song's titular lyric-"Please God tell me we're dreaming!"-It's easy to imagine a million summertime sing-alongs happening in unison. Elsewhere tracks like "Mason Jar" and "Over and Over" have the kind of guitar lines and buoyant choruses that would make any lover of classic FM radio exceedingly happy. Given that all four bandmembers are seasoned musicians, the pristine pop of Smallpools music is no accident. The airtight songs dip and soar at all the right moments thanks to the no bullshit indie-pop hooks that seem to be embedded in their DNA.

Right now things are moving quickly for Smallpools. After "Dreaming" was unleashed on the Internet, the band was happily shocked to see the song shoot to #1 on Hype Machine and rack up over 100k in streams (and a small avalanche of blog attention) less than seven days after the song was released. Just eight months after they first experimented with making music together, the foursome behind Smallpools found themselves signing a major record deal with RCA, abandoning their day jobs and preparing to hit the road-the novelty of which is not lost on any of them. It's the kind of fantasy career trajectory that musicians often dream about but seldom get to experience, but according to the band, Smallpools is still very much involved in the uphill climb. Despite the obvious struggles of being in a new band, much of Smallpools' appeal seems to lie in the inherent optimism that seems to be the core of their songs.

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