Sometimes a crowd just isn’t enough. Sullen and melancholy Smith Westerns let joints go unsmoked and kisses go unreturned in their new music video for ‘Idol.’ Whatever’s troubling these youthful minds must be hanging pretty heavy, to let a banger like this one slip by.
Smith Westerns’ brand new album ‘Soft Will’ is out TODAY — hailed by Pitchfork as “cinematic” and “instantly likeable”, by NME as “optimistic” and “nostalgic”, and by us here at Mom+Pop as “really really great” (yes, that’s a direct quote). You can pick up ‘Soft Will’ now through iTunes, the band’s online store, or your local indie record shop.
Here’s a rather heartfelt word from the band themselves:
Today is the day! Its been almost two and half years since we debuted Dye It Blonde or released any material for that matter, and I’m already beyond stoked. If you were to ask us four years ago, when we first released the S/T, that we would still be making music in 2013 we’d probably would’ve laughed. We started writing music as a release from our own youthful obligations and thanks to everyones support its turned into something much greater.
Being in a band and touring is the only thing any of us have ever known and Soft Will reflects the triumphs and failures we’ve experienced throughout our time together. Soft Will, like our other albums, serves as a bookmark to the experiences we’ve lived through up to this point. And just like how each record brings us as a band closer together, I hope that this record let’s you the listener even further into our world.
Thank you so much for the support and enjoy ;)
Cullen, Cameron, Max, Julien
If you’re Chicago-based, head down to Reckless Records tonight at 6pm where the band will be performing a FREE in-store. Not Chicago-based? You’ll just have to wait until July, when the band will be heading out on a full US tour, dates for which can be found here.
Given that Smith Westerns’ first record came out when its members were teenagers, it makes sense that the Chicago band has evolved from a garage-y pop-rock outfit — all shambling T. Rex-isms and impeccable hair — to something sweeter, dreamier, slicker and sunnier. Just in time for the season to begin officially, Soft Will finds Smith Westerns fully perfecting a summery jangle that’s hugely ingratiating.
The follow-up to Smith Westerns’ 2011 breakthrough Dye It Blonde, Soft Will (out June 25) is the sound of weaponized agreeability; a band whose songs are so catchy, even wistful ballads like “White Oath” have a shiny sheen that practically glistens. Given a brisk pace to match, songs like “Idol” and the appropriately titled “Glossed” practically roll the car windows down for you.
Lyrically speaking, it can be hard to parse what an individual Smith Westerns track might be trying to impart at any given moment — a product, in part, of a mix that tends to prioritize clean, chiming guitars over Cullen Omori’s vocals. But that doesn’t cool off Soft Will’s softly sparkly charm offensive for a minute.
‘Soft Will’ is out on 06/25 (next Tuesday!), and is available for pre-order now, with bundles that include a super limited Smith Westerns t-shirt: http://smithwesterns.gomerch.com
Remember a few months ago we launched our monthly subscription service, Boombox? Well, since then our subscribers have been hand-delivered digital albums from FIDLAR, Wavves and Polica, have been offered exclusive access to singles from Polica, Beat Club, and Smith Westerns, and have received brand new digital EPs from Neon Indian and Kid Astray before any else has even had a look in… and Boombox is only just getting started.
We have a lot of exciting stuff up our sleeves for the rest of the year, and we wanted to give you guys a taster of everything we’ve been working on (because we feel selfish keeping it all to ourselves). Head over to our Soundcloud player to stream the first installment of what will be a semi-regular compilation series from Mom+Pop, this time featuring singles from Jagwar Ma, Polica, Flume, Neon Indian, Hunters, FIDLAR, Wavves, Kid Astray, Mikhael Paskalev, Beat Club, Animal Kingdom, Smith Westerns, Andrew Bird, and Lucius. Phew!
As we patiently await the release of Smith Westerns’ brand new album ‘Soft Will’ (the much anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Dye It Blonde), the band have offered up a stream of opening track ‘3am Spiritual’. It’s a total swoonfest, and is going to make you feel really good about the rest of your day.
You can now also pre-order ‘Soft Will’ via iTunes, which will also grant you immediate access to a digital download of ‘3am Spiritual’ — further pre-order options including CD, Vinyl, and t-shirt bundles will be available over the coming days.
Smith Westerns have released the first video from their forthcoming album “Soft Will” — the Alan Del Rio Ortiz-directed treatment for “Varsity” is basically a three-minute make-out session between up-and-coming model Marcel Castenmiller and his girlfriend Sara Powell. AND WHO WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT WATCHING THAT?
“Soft Will” will be released via Mom+Pop on June 25.
The band have also announced a run of US dates, details for which can be found below. Tickets for most dates go on sale this Friday.
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 Festival
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, British Columbia – Electric Owl
08-20 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
10-04 – 10-06 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-11 – 10-13 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
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