Smith Westerns, “Weekend”

Chris Robbins


Ahead of the January 18 release of their sophomore album on Fat Possum, Dye it Blonde, The Smith Westerns have thrown us a bone in the form of the first single, “Weekend.”

Fresh out of high school, the band skipped beach week and instead recorded Dye it Blonde with Chris Coady, who's worked with !!!, Beach House, and T.V. on the Radio. “Weekend” starts with a lip curling, T-Rex guitar hook but the overall tone is less leather pants and more diffident yearning, as the lyrics imply: “Weekends are only fun / when you're around.” Polished, but not obnoxiously so.

If you can't catch them on their quasi-world tour, check out the video shot by Ryan McGinley. It's a B&W beaut shot at last year's Pitchfork festival. A little bit like When We Were Kings, but without Norman Mailer blabbering about Don King's hair.

Smith Westerns – Weekend by forcefieldpr

“Friends Forever” (A Short by Ryan McGinley)

Smith Westerns Fall Tour


03 Wed, Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy #

05 Fri, Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

12 Fri, Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi

20 Sat, London, England – Luminaire

21 Sun, London, England – Brixton Windmill

22 Mon, Paris, France – FMR *

23 Tue, Landshut, Germany – Wintergarden

24 Wed, Frankfurt, Germany – Sinkkasten

26 Fri, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Trouw

27 Sat, Cologne, Germany – King Georg

29 Mon, Dusseldorf, Germany – Stahlwerk ^

30 Tue, Hamburg, Germany – Docks ^


01 Wed, Gothenburg, Sweden – Eriksberg

02 Thu, Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene ^
03 Fri, Stockholm, Sweden – Berns ^

04 Sat, Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega ^

06 Mon, Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle ^

07 Tue, Munich, Germany – Tonhalle ^
08 Wed, Vienna, Austria – Gasometer ^

10 Fri, Prague, Czech Republic – Archa Theatre ^

11 Sat, Bologna, Italy – Covo

12 Sun, Milan, Italy – Alcatraz ^

13 Mon, Zurich, Switzerland – Maag Hall ^

14 Tue, Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur ^

15 Wed, Bordeaux, France – Saint EX

16 Thu, Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz ^

17 Fri, Madrid, Spain – La Riviera ^

18 Sat, Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno ^

# with Florence & the Machine

* with Wavves

^ with MGMT

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