Wavves, Spoon, Elvis Costello
The Smith Westerns are worth keeping an eye on. Fueled by a youthful energy and love of classic glam and rock, the Chicago quartet joins collectives like Los Campesinos! and Black Lips in a quest to bring a heavy dose of excitement back into the passive arms-crossed, head-nodding world of indie rock.
Indie rock is a wondrous thing. A favorite band breaks up or turns lame, and a hundred more line up behind to fill the breach. One such up-and-comer is the Smith Westerns, four lads from Chicago, barely of legal drinking age, but already busy at the task of churning out college radio candy.
The quartet-- Max Kakacek, Cullen Omori, Cameron Omori, and Hal James--has been favorably lumped in with likeminded young rockers like Girls, MGMT, and Wavves; all bands that share a marked exuberance for all sorts of music and an innate ability to create tasty hooks and riffs of their own.
The group’s self-titled 2009 debut on HoZac Records sounds like the byproduct of a bunch of hubristic kids getting together and ingesting their big brothers’ vast record collections—and brewskis. And that’s (almost) never a bad thing. 60s garage, punk, and even glam influences find their way onto Smith Western tracks.
The band is currently on tour conquering Europe, and is set to release a new record, Dye it Blonde, on January 18th, 2011.