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Having achieved a degree of musical success in their pre-teen years that would make most adult musicians green with envy, Seattle indie rock duo Smoosh has become a musical sensation that manages to transcend the twin curses of both the tween and indie rock genres. Unlike the cloyingly precocious, prefab stars of Nickelodeon or the earnestly self-serious icons of indie rock, Smoosh has a unique sound that manages to be charmingly naive and authentically sophisticated all at once.

Comprised of sisters Chloe, 13, on drums and, Asya 15, on keyboard and vocals, Smoosh was formed in 2002, when Chloe's drum teacher suggested she begin playing with other musicians to become a better drummer. (PS-Her drum teacher was Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie.)

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Their first album, 2004's She Like Electric, became a bona fide hit thanks to fun hooky songs like "Make It Through" and "It's Not Your Day To Shine." Smoosh followed this up with 2006's Free to Stay, which featured another batch of poppy songs anchored by Asya's keyboard hooks and emotive voice and Chloe's rock-solid drumming.

Currently on tour in North America, Smoosh took a few minutes out of their busy schedule for an email interview with LAist. You can catch the band this Saturday night (4/21) playing an early evening show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood.

Interview after the jump...