Sworn In released their highly anticipated new album All Smiles on June 30th. All Smiles has been continually described by vocalist Tyler Dennen as an ‘auto-dissection of his brain and heart’ and the title track “All Smiles” and its music video (created by Tyler) reiterates this fact.
“Round and round we go…”
Tyler seemed to find himself feeling ill at ease in the world around him, bringing to his mind a question of whether he was the only real person existing in amongst the facade that he so uncomfortably observed or whether he was the one that didn’t truly exist or fit in this world.
He seemed to make his way through this world of non-belonging/alien existence by wearing a fake smile. This allowed him to function in the world, and (as Tyler says) allowed him to continue neglecting himself and his mental state.
“All Smiles” captures inner dialogue of a person that feels broken (“Don’t ever let them see that side of me / Just use a prosthetic smile you fucking amputee”) as well as the discomfort with presenting oneself as something else, and the disturbance of feeling nothing real underneath.
Musically, “All Smiles” is another stellar track in typical Sworn In style with unique and ear-engaging structure. “All Smiles” captures the weight and monotony of continuing to present yourself as something non-genuine, all the while feeling uncomfortable. The pull back to the catchy and cleanly sung (‘round and round’) chorus in amongst the edginess and (brilliant) unpredictability of the rest of the track feels taunting and nightmarish, returning back to this ‘happy’ facade for survival all the while being in darkness.