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After 12 years together as a band and nearly 10 years after emerging on the national scene with their first number one hit, Walkin on the Sun, all three co-founding members Steve Harwell, Greg Camp, and Paul DeLisle are as tight today as they were the day they first jammed together in their hometown of San Jose.
Thats probably the thing Im most proud of, says DeLisle. Were brothers. Were all very close, especially Steve and Greg and I cause weve been together for so long, but also (keyboardist Michael) Hippy (Klooster) and (percussionist) Mark (Cervantes) and lets not forget our new drummer Jason (Sutter).
Collectively the band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Along with their number one hits Walkin on the Sun and All Star they have consistently impacted radio with other recognizable hits like Then the Morning Comes, Cant Get Enough Of You Baby, and a cover of The Monkees classic Im a Believer, which was prominently featured on the Shrek soundtrack (..4, Billboard Adult Top 40).
A quick listen to their music and you realize the multi-platinum Smash Mouth is a 60s influenced garage band with a keen pop sensibility that maintains a timeless qualitya style they have created and that is all their own.
Having long since established itself as the ultimate
When we play its a nonstop party, Harwell said.
With the release of their fifth studio album Summer Girl the guys decided to part ways with their longtime label, Interscope, in order to form their own company, Beautiful Bomb Records, and put forth the lessons theyve learned by self-releasing the new material with the help of Red Distribution (Sony/BMG). By releasing Summer Girl on their own, the band is making good on a decade long promise of doing things their own way.
Sutter put it best, Its not a new beginning, but a new era for Smash Mouth.