Smith Westerns

Smith Westerns

Smith Westerns - Weekend

hometown: Chicago, Illinois

categories: Indie Rock

for fans of: Wavves, Spoon, Elvis Costello

why you should check them out:
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.

background check:
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.

Smith Westerns - Weekend from Fat Possum Records on Vimeo.


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  1. TaraWall says:

    This song sounds great next to ‘Yellow Haired Girl’ by A B & The Sea!

  2. Eva Cordova says:

    So much buzz about Smith Westerns going right now and I can definitely understand why!

  3. Mr. T says:

    Defiantly remind me of Wavves.

  4. Jaime Nabrynski says:

    pure charm right here

  5. Jessica B says:


  6. evan says:

    This song is completely different from all the other Smith Westerns tracks I’ve heard. This one has a much stronger connection to Girls and Buddy Holly and artists of that nature.
    The other stuff I’ve heard has taken quite a bit of liberties taking from T. Rex’s sound, but this particular track is very original and fun.

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