Introducing: Smith Westerns

Right, I’m a little late to the game with Chicago quartet Smith Westerns, who since the release of their eponymous debut in 2009 have attracted many column and blog inches to discuss their merits.

Their glam-fused indie sound is deeply, deeply rooted in early 70’s glam rock and garage punk of the T. Rex and David Bowie ilk. So much so that you would be forgiven for thinking they had been commissioned to make the soundtrack to retrospective BBC sci-fi/police drama Life on Mars.

Of their two albums the debut record is the stronger. It’s very much a lo-fi fuzzed-out-glam affair of hooky heartfelt grooves, bound by reckless youthful energy. 2011’s follow-up Dye It Blonde while polished and detracted slightly, retains that youthful exuberance and recklessness which make the debut so captivating.

A brazenly honest band who wear both their heart and influences on their sleeves. At the age of just 20 and two albums in, the future is looking pretty bright for these guys.

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Smith Westerns – Girl in Love via Transparentrec

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