The next release from the Smith Westerns syncs up perfectly with graduation in 2013. The young Chicago garage rockers evoke that youthful spirit that starts buzzing as high school and college students get ready for the summer months. Long known for writing music about teenage longings and the social anxieties that plague pre-adulthood, Smith Westerns take listeners right back to their first crushes, homecoming dances and house parties.
“Varisty,” is the first single off the upcoming release, Soft Will, set to drop in June. It’s drenched in reverb that makes the whole song feel slightly muddled, impromptu and carefree. Rather than pitting growing up as the goal of their third LP, these three Chicago gents are perfecting the art of capturing a generation’s lifestyle. This is no small feat. Girls and self discovery may appear to be the only things that matter, but the musicianship and feeling that underlie their songs are far from childish. Their new record label, Mom + Pop was sure about that when they signed the band earlier this year.
Enlisting industry expert, Chris Coady, Smith Westerns recorded Soft Will between New York and Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. If things have seemed quiet surrounding the band this past year, it’s because they stopped playing shows and doing interviews to focus. Now that the LP is done, you’re sure to hear the band’s name popping up regularly in the months to come. They’ll hit Coachella as the first return to the stage since July. If you can’t catch them there, something tells us Smith Westerns will be back on the road in search of new friends and lovers. They said it themselves, “I thought I was a loner ‘til I went out on my own.” Loners they’re not, so go hang out and catch a show the next time they hit your town.Click here to listen to “Varsity,” the first single from the Smith Westerns forthcoming LP Soft Will.