Look out, America. A Chicago rock outfit known as Smith Westerns is packing some serious heat. This garage-ish, ’70s-inspired, band of youths (all just reaching, or close to reaching, 20 years of age, but still seasoned vets in the Chicago rock club scene) are set to release their second full length LP, Dye It Blonde, this January and “Weekend” is the first taste of the new record’s sound.
“Weekend” is a groovy frolic that espouses the virtues of (what else?) the week’s end (while evoking hints of T. Rex and Thin Lizzy), but only if a certain someone is by the singer’s side. The crisp riffs let you know Smith Westerns have the chops to bang out some seriously catchy jams. The well-groomed production also confirms that the boys likely had a little more loot this time around than when they pressed their delightfully lo-fi self-titled debut record. The safe bet is that Smith Westerns will continue to rock better with age…though they’re already pretty rock solid.
Look for Dye It Blonde when it drops in January. To hold you over, grab their debut record HERE.
Stream “Weekend” HERE.
And, if you’re in Chicago, they play Lincoln Hall TONIGHT.