Although it didn’t take long for the pair to realize that it had hit on something special, it took a while for The Limousines to go from being a fun diversion to a serious project. For starters, Victorino and Giusti had to meet in person, which didn’t happen until they’d already completed two songs. Next came the MySpace page that started getting a lot of attention thanks to songs like “New Year’s Resolution” and “Very Busy People,” which eventually made their way onto local airwaves. The latter, an infectious slacker anthem that includes lines like, “We’ll stay up late making mix tapes / Photoshopping pictures of ourselves / While we masturbate to these pixilated videos of strangers fucking themselves,” also became a hit on satellite radio. Eventually Victorino left Strata, and in April 2008 The Limousines played their debut show opening for Dredg, the same band that had taken Strata out on its first tour. That’s when everything changed.
With the help of engineer Todd Cooper at Street Symphony Studios outside of San Francisco, The Limousines completed Get Smart and quietly released it in the summer of 2010 on Victorino’s own Orchard City Books And Noise imprint, which had already issued two books of Victorino’s poetry and short stories. Featuring huge hooks, bumping beats, and Victorino’s insightful point of view, the album is packed with thinking-man’s pop music. So even as he’s singing about how “There’s nothing we can do that matters, and that’s okay” during “The Future,” it’s still easy to enjoy the music with your hands in the air, waving them around like you just don’t care.
But keeping things on the down low is about to become a thing of the past for The Limousines, who recently inked a deal with Dangerbird Records, home to bands like Silversun Pickups, Minus The Bear, Fitz And The Tantrums, and Beady Eye. The duo, which has never toured and only played live about 50 times, is about to share its magic with the rest of the world. Dangerbird’s re-release of Get Smart hits stores on April 19, which is nearly three years to the day when the band played that first fateful show at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.