You know that you’re somewhat behind the times when a band has had an album out. Even worse, if the NME’s radar section has beaten you to the punch, then your days on the cutting edge are pretty much at an end. Signalling the death knell of Pigeon Post is the beautiful whine of Smith Westerns. All under the age of 19, their sound is one of garage lo-fi, jangly, untuned guitars and nasally, high pitched harmonies. The amazing thing is that it still manages to be an absolute treat upon the ears as the half-hour of their eponymous debut (released last year) wonderfully demonstrates. Recorded in one of the bands basement, it rarely drops below brilliant with Pitchfork giving it a notable 7.7 review.
There’s more than a hint of Japandroids on here, and the cultural reference points are pretty much the same, with boys and girls featuring in many song titles whilst the band sing about being young and being in love/lust. It’s with the little touches that the band make their differences the most noticable, with a Bolan-esuqe flourish lighting up the start of ‘Girl in Love’ being the most obvious point in an album packed with nods to 70’s rock. The Smith Westerns are a band that both drench their sound in sun and dress it up in glam-rock furs. Their album may have been out for pretty much a year, but thhe band wagon hasn’t started rolling off quite yet – jump on before you’re too late.
The Smith Westerns – Boys are Fine