Very excited to announce that Smith Westerns are heading back out on the road, with a string of co-headline dates alongside longtime friend Sky Ferreira! To celebrate, Smith Westerns will be selling a tour-exclusive “3am Spiritual” 7″, the B-Side of which “3am Spiritual (Basement Recording)” is now available to stream:
Sky Ferreira x Smith Westerns dates, tickets go on sale 09/27.
11/11 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (Tickets)
11/13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (Tickets)
11/14 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater (Tickets)
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (Tickets)
11/18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (Tickets)
11/20 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (Tickets)
11/21 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar (Tickets)
11/22 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (Tickets)
11/23 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre (Tickets)
It’s been a little over two weeks since the release of Smith Westerns’ anticipated junior release, Soft Will. Just like all y’all we’ve been letting the record sink in, basking in its warmth sin critical influence; but now that time has passed enough, it’s time to check up on a few of our favorite blogs and magazines out there. Let’s see what they have to say!
NPR says: Soft Will unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you.”
Blare: “The record signifies maturity and the band dragging every heartstring they can find, but on another, it’s them piecing together sharpened rhythms at an ungodly rate.” (score = 7.7/10)
Fast Forward Weekly: “Any patient listeners looking for a complete LP will discover Smith Westerns have made their best album yet.”
LA Daily News: “This splendid musical world contains stunning melodies, lighter-than-air vocal harmonies and carefully crafted arrangements working together to create tracks of rarefied beauty.”
Magnet: “‘Idol’…sets an early benchmark that turns out to be a new standard.” (score = 9/10)
Pitchfork: “While the band’s outlook has matured, what hasn’t changed on ‘Soft Will’ is Smith Westerns’ ability to turn out instantly like ably guitar and synth-based hooks at a prodigious rate.” (score = 7.9/10)
“Smith Westerns haven’t only not burned out, they’re a budding institution.”
Relix: “Smith Westerns may have initiated their career as indie darlings, but this record offers something more widely accessible.”
Rolling Stone: “On their third album, they move far away from their garage-rock starting point and construct an expertly lyrical world of yearning and insinuation.” (score = 3/4)
Under the Radar: “Smith Westerns have a knack for capturing ‘drunk clarity’—the sound and feeling of being disoriented, retaining just enough wherewithal to wax philosophical about the moment.”
07-21 Nashville, TN – Exit In
07-23 Washington, DC – Black Cat
07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
07-27 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
07-28 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End
07-29 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
08-02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-05 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
08-06 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
08-07 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
08-09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08-10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
08-11 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
08-12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
08-16 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08-17 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
08-20 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Sure, Soft Will has only been fresh on the racks for a week or so, but if you’re like us you’ve had that bad boy spinning daily. Thankfully Smith Westerns have anticipated such a situation, waiting a week to offer this stripped down tune— to give us a break from the gloss, basement-recording style. Check out the stream below.
The track is exclusively available at your local indie record store, B-Side to the “Varsity” 7,” available for purchase as of today!
Find one near you: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
Tune in to the Grantland 2013 Hot Summer Jam Playlist right NOW, because your post-July 4 weekend sad face is really starting to bum me out.
…and because both Smith Westerns AND FIDLAR feature on it.
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