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 up close to 100 gigs and festivals in 40+ UK cities, released a début EP and two follow-up singles, with a third on the way very soon.
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 to further fuel 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.
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.