Live Video: Smith Westerns

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Where does a young band go after making a name for themselves with a gorgeous album like Dye It Blonde, of Nuggets-mining jangly psych pop? They dig deeper. At least, that’s what Smith Westerns did on their followup, Soft Will, as they dig deeper both into the history of rock and their own songwriting talents. More than a sum of their influences, the Chicago band still finds inspiration in power pop and glam rock but prove themselves adept at creating their own hooky melodies full of ringing guitar riffs, wistful melodies and often-dark lyrics. During their recent in-studio session at KEXP, DJ Cheryl Waters herself proclaimed Soft Will to be “one of the best albums out this year.” Watch their entire KEXP performance here:

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