Smith Westerns' 'Dye It Blond' is an ideal combination of polished glam and garage rock
- Malcolm Jack
- 14 April 2011
Where some bands might let lo-fi scuzziness conveniently mask a lack of drive and simple proficiency, this young Chicago trio have jumped at the chance to record their second album in an actual studio with an actual producer, and fully realised their garage-band-plays-glam ambitions.
The same influences that loomed large on Smith Westerns’ basement-made self-titled debut – T-Rex, early Bowie, The Beatles (the slow guitar pitch-bends in ‘Still New’ could be played from beyond the grave by George Harrison) – now come dressed in psychedelic echo and fuzz instead of muddy tape hiss and one-take sketchiness. Hooks as brilliant as the treacly melody of ‘Weekend’ deserve the best possible start in life.