The Smile Release Brand-New Single Friend Of A Friend and Announce Global Cinema Screening Events For January

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The Smile have today revealed their brand-new single Friend Of A Friend, taken from the forthcoming sophomore album Wall Of Eyes. Showcased live during The Smile’s 2022/2023 touring, the studio version features strings from the London Contemporary Orchestra and saxophone from Robert Stillman.

The video for Friend Of A Friend, by motion picture director Paul Thomas Anderson will be premiered alongside a surround sound album playback of Wall Of Eyes at a series of one-off events hosted at independent cinemas between 18-25th January.

The events, titled Wall Of Eyes, On Film will celebrate the new album and The Smile’s collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson. It will take place at 12 cinemas from Sydney to Mexico City. The events comprise:

  • Wall Of Eyes album playback in its entirety, for the first and only time with surround sound 
  • Never-before-seen footage of the album’s recording sessions
  • The world film premiere of Friend Of A Friend and a presentation of Wall Of Eyes, both directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and shot on 35mm film*
  • A programme looking back over Paul Thomas Anderson’s previous directorial collaborations with both Thom Yorke and Radiohead to include ANIMA (short film) and Radiohead’s Daydreaming (35mm), Present Tense & The Numbers
The Smile - Friend of a Friend

Further information on these events and how to obtain tickets can be found here HERE

Tickets will be on sale from 10am GMT on Thursday 11th January. 

Screening events:

18th Jan – The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London, UK* 

18th Jan – The Village East, Manhattan, New York, US*

19th Jan – Brain Dead Studios, Los Angeles, US*

20th Jan – SangSang Madang Cinema, Seoul, SK (x2 showings)

20th Jan – Cinema Godard – Fondazione Prada, Milan, IT*

20th Jan – Cine Tonalá, CDMX, MX

22nd Jan – 190 Cinemas Premium Shinjuku, Tokyo, JP*

22nd Jan – MK2 Quai de Loire, Paris, FR*

23rd Jan – Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, AUS (x2 showings)

23rd Jan – Eye Filmuseum, Amsterdam, NL* 

23rd Jan – Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, UK* 

25th Jan – 190 Cinemas Premium Shinjuku, Tokyo, JP*

25th Jan – Kino Intimes, Berlin, DE

*35mm presentations available in select participating cinemas

The Smile’s new album Wall Of Eyes was recorded between Oxford and Abbey Road Studios, is produced and mixed by Sam Petts-Davies and features string arrangements by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Wall Of Eyes is the follow up to the band’s 2022 acclaimed debut, A Light For Attracting Attention.

The Smile’s album Wall Of Eyes will be released on 26th January on XL Recordings. Pre-order the album HERE.


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