Dye It Blonde – Smith Westerns

I hadn’t heard this record yet, but I was already kind of excited for it. Then again, I’m willing to give any band who are from Chicago and fans of Oasis AND Nirvana a fair chance. These dudes are my age, yet they already have a record and a tour with MGMT under their belts. Damn, I feel like a bum. But anyways, lets talk about the music.

I heard a couple of songs off of their first record. It sounded a lot more like a garage rock record with hints of a glam rock record underneath it. On this record, they flipped it around. It sounds like a glam rock record with hints of garage rock underneath it. And I like it better this way. The mellow songs like “Still New” remind me of stuff like Bowie’s “Soul Love” off of Ziggy Stardust. I get the calm and peaceful vibes, but like Bowie’s stuff, you never get uninterested with it or lost in the mellowness.

There’s just so much I like about this record. They seem like a bright band. Even when they’re singing about dying young in the conveniently titled “All Die Young,” they manage to turn the melancholy song into an intoxicating tribute filled with reverb guitar licks and bright singing.  Some of the guitar solos even bear some resemblance to Noel Gallagher’s solos, especially the ones on the single “Weekend”, and on one of my favorites, “Smile.”

My favorite at the moment is gonna have to be “End of the Night.” The track starts out guitar heavy, but gravitates into being piano driven with subtle hints of Britpop. The synth pad combined with the cymbal heavy drum track during the chorus give the song a real euphoric feel, and I think that’s what I like most about it. It does what any song worth remembering does; it paints a pretty picture.

The only track I can say I’m not a fan of is “Dance Away.” The lyrics are kinda dumb and I don’t like the hints of disco during the chorus. Disco’s dead dudes. It just a tacky throwaway track in my book or at most, a shitty b-side. Oh well, 9/10 isn’t bad at all.

2011 has just started and all, but I’m gonna be cocky and go ahead and say this will probably be one of the best records of the year. I’m bummed that I’m probably gonna be in Atlanta when they come to the End the 28th, but you never know. If they’re at a city near you, check them out.

Tour dates:

Tue-Jan 18: Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Wed-Jan 19: New York, NY – Pianos
Fri-Jan 28: Nashville, TN – The End*
Sat-Jan 29: Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light*
Sun-Jan 30: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
Mon-Jan 31: Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club*
Tue-Feb 1: Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn*
Thu-Feb 3: Orlando, FL – Backbooth*
Fri-Feb 4: Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder*
Sun-Feb 6: Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds*
Mon-Feb 7: Austin, TX – Emos*
Tue-Feb 8: Dallas, TX – The Loft*
Thu-Feb 10: Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*
Fri-Feb 11: Los Angeles, CA – Echo*
Sat-Feb 12: Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar*
Sun-Feb 13: San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
Tue-Feb 15: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Wed-Feb 16: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Thu-Feb 17: Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
Fri-Feb 18: Boise, ID – Neurolux
Sat-Feb 19: Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Mon-Feb 21: Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Tue-Feb 22: Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
Wed-Feb 23: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Thu-Feb 24: Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Fri-Feb 25: Madison, WI – The Frequency
Sat-Feb 26: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Mon-Feb 28: Toronto, ON – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Tue-Mar 1: Montreal, PQ – La Sala Rossa
Wed-Mar 2: Boston, MA – Great Scott

Fri-Mar 4: Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel

* = w/ Yuck


End of the Night 

2 Responses to “Dye It Blonde – Smith Westerns”
  1. Ryan says:

    Ha ‘dance away’ is my favorite. Why you going to atlanta?

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