The Smith Westerns (a trio from Chicago) have just released theur self titled debut record. It’s been released initially on vinyl, with CD and downloads to follow. It’s the first LP that I have bought on the Hozac Records (it might be the labels first LP release…. but I can’t find a comprehensive discography to check).
The Smith Westerns make a ragged, glam tinged, rawkus rock’n'roll that owes a small debt to the likes of Johnny Thunders and Marc Bolan as well as a host of other less celebrated garage punks. The trick that the band have pulled off for this record is managing to distill their influences into a finely tuned mess of guitars, fuzz, stomp and swagger. I could highlight every song as a potential LP stand out song! But I’ll pick a couple of early favourites for that dubious honour. ‘Dreams’ is a full throttle rock n roll blast of a song that sets the tone from the off – energetic fuzzy guitars, thundering drums and a killer tune. Elsewhere ‘Girl In Love’ envokes the glam rock swagger of a lo-fi T Rex.
This is a cracking little record. Buy.