Smith Westerns / Dye It Blonde


Dye It Blonde

Smith Westerns are an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois.[1] All of the members in the band are between the ages of 18-20. Their musical influences stem from the compilation albums Nuggets and Back from the Grave, along with David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and T. Rex.[2]

Their self-titled debut album was released on HoZac Records on June 5, 2009.[3] Most of the album was recorded throughout the winter and early spring in Max Kakacek’s basement.[1]

The band is currently on tour with Girls.[2] They released a new single, “Weekend”, on November 4, 2010, from their upcoming album Dye It Blonde, which is scheduled for release on January 18, 2011.

The Analysis:

Weekend—-Some of the remarkable things about this band….they are all youngsters….they all have been listening to their parents record collections….they have delivered a sound that is so throwback it makes me feel a bit old…and they are incredible!!! This track already sums up the content of the entire release…this is full of slight Beatle references, heavy on the Bowie Idolatry and still remains bright and sunny….this is the BEST of the past and the present all rolled together!!!

Still New—-At the onset, this has such a throwback feel to it…the music will remind you of the old 50’s style Doo-Wop….the vocal reminds you of so much of the dreamy Beach Pop that is all over these days…when you combine the two together with a bit of aggressive guitar in the center of the song and you have the stuff that makes you secretly smile on the inside…the release lives up to the hype and even more. This is magnificent!

Imagine Pt. 3—-This has a heavy piano sound that makes you think of the 60’s Blues….but the vocal enters and you think for sure you are listening to a lost Beatles track. The music is just fuzzy enough to allow you to dream of classic Oasis and Stone Roses…trust me, this has something for ANYONE who loves music…past present and perhaps…..future!!! This is freakin’ delicious!!!

All Die Young—-With a deep enough ‘organ’ sound at the onset to conjure up The Doors, the song develops into a huge Bolan/Bowie tribute that catches both artist at their very best. This swims in the psychedelia of The Verve, but still remains poppy and accessible…this is wonderfully throwback pop from kids that are young enough to be our kids….where does the time go. Everything old becomes new again…eventually….well, except me!!!

Fallen In Love—-This has such a remarkable and uncanny Lennon fell to it…it is incredible that these are just kids. This allows you to overdose on the simple idea od further Beatles explorations and expansions. This is easy, breezy and full of that poppy simplicity that set the 60’s on fire…I could never ask for more from a current and up and coming band…this just makes me smile!!!!

End Of The Night—-One of those tracks that is really hard to put into a certain box, the track is piano heavy in a psychedelic kind of way…but has huge sing a long chorus’ that make for a great party atmosphere. This all boils down to one simple thing…really great fun!

Only One—-WOW….right from the start you automatically think of The Roses….this reminds me of Ian so much…but more in tune!!!! The chorus opens up and becomes this huge sunny anthem that makes me think back to the early days when i first discovered Sally Cinnamon…this made me smile more than i have in months…I will return to this over and over…this is a classic mix of old and new and delivered in the most accessible way ever!!! I love me some of this band!!!!

Smile—-This is REALLY nice….built on a melancholy piano sound…a nice drum track and a throwback vocal that again reminds me of Lennon, there are just enough sonic sounds to save this from being ordinary. When the chorus sneaks up and pokes you in the ass you will smile with pleasure and the pain of melancholy. This band truly is extraordinary…..I have not been this excited about a new talent is a long time.

Dance Away—-Again….WOW…. this is incredible….the jaunty beat is remarkable…the sunny sound is relevant and at the same time incredibly throwback. This entire record just makes my very being smile…which is really, really pretty incredible. The breezy sound is fresh, the sound is something even your parents can relate to…and the message is as important as tomorrows paper…this is the best new release I have heard in a while!!!

Dye The World—-Delivered with a nice guitar intro, the song quiets a bit to allow for the introduction of other instruments…but this is so Bowie!!! The vocal enters and takes you back to 1985 when you first heard Brown singing for the Roses….but reminds you of John Lennon at the same time…finally, finally, finally a record that lives up to the hype….I’m head over heels with this stuff!!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

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