Thursday, May 30, 2013
T. Wrecks? Teenage Fauxclub? Smith Westerns
"Minimalist-inspired, vintage pop. For fans of The Zombies, Jimmy Buffet and Jackie Deshannon."
That is the "editorial review" you will find on the Amazon page for the Smith Westerns 2011 release "Dye It Blonde."
Prior to an e-mail I received earlier this week from our friend "cmealha" containing the song below...
...I knew nothing about this band. But the song grabbed me immediately, so I went fishing.
As per usual with new bands, it's never going to be a homerun. In the case of the Smith Westerns, they seem to have the ability to write the hooks and melodies, and their Marc Bolan meets Teenage Fanclub production works half the time.
Here's another one-
Bottom line- I really enjoyed this record, stupid Amazon description notwithstanding.
The Smith Westerns have a new record on deck, "Soft Will," set for a June 25th release. "Dye It Blonde" is good enough to keep me interested in where they are headed. See what you think.