Los Angeles-based speakeasy folk band, Smithfield Bargain, began at a birthday party in late 2009 when a sassy lady in a pretty dress met two stylish brothers in a room with a vacant piano. Discovering a mutual love for all sounds old and new and a willingness making music out of anything at arm’s length, the trio convened over tea, instruments, and voices in a Los Angeles living room two weeks later. David rummaged up a wine glass, a vase, an empty wine bottle and a ceramic bowl, and tapped out melodic rhythms while playing his cello. Daniel put on a hat and delivered some lines from his guitar. Sri took off her shoes and sang a melody with no words. Someone brought out a piece of paper and a pen. The best darn idea that night.
The resulting collaboration is a unique, jazz spin on folk music rich with heart-bending vocal harmonies and a happy dose of humor. Smithfield Bargain plays both as a sweet trio or an expanded troupe featuring LA's finest, emerging jazz talent. Their finely crafted songs and charismatic, vaudevillian stage performance have earned them radio play on KPFK 90.7 FM's "My Side of the City," music video spots on Gorillacoustic.com, and shows all along the West Coast and the sunny Southern California music scene.
Smithfield Bargain is currently recording an EP to be released in late 2014. Their first full-length album, "Pack up the Moon," is available on iTunes, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and Spotify. Get hep with the band on Twitter @strikeabargain, Facebook (facebook.com/smithfieldbargain), or Instagram @smithfieldbargain.
With their first release since their lauded first album "Pack up the Moon," Smithfield Bargain is back with a fast paced group of new recordings for the thirsty ears of their fans: The Buttonwillow EP.
Thanks, @sumak428 for the lovely snap from last night at #GriffinsofKinsale #SouthPasadena and being with us all the way from #Seattle! Xo ・・・"@smithfieldbargain at Griffins of Kinsale tonight. So adorable, these guys."
Found: One dust ball that formed inside @cellandau's #cello. Apparently, there are differing opinions about whether to keep formed dust balls inside your cello? @theladysri baffled. #cellistproblems #rehearsal #todustballornottodustball