Last year’s Sports from Weekend was a great, if a bit underrated release, at least in my conversational circles. But repeated listens reveal awesome melodic basslines under all the scuzz.
“Hazel,” from the upcoming Red EP on Slumberland, builds on Sports, but with a poppier and more addictive sound. The bass chords drive the song, providing a great rhythmic backbone for the shoegaze sound the band is known for to build on. The vocals are clear on these tracks and provide the repeated hooks of “Eyes like mine” and “Hazel”, letting the bass and guitar be complementary pieces, something that suits this band well.
Red is due out Sept. 20 on Slumberland. Weekend plays DC9 on September 7.
A little over a month ago, Smith Westerns dropped the lead track to their next full-length, Dye It Blonde, due out in January on Fat Possum. Now, the boys are back with a video for “Weekend,” which you can stream as well after the jump. Smith Westerns are a bunch of young dudes, and the video shows what young dudes do on weekends. It’s just three guys hangin’ out, hitting up the mall and eating lots and lots of food. It’s reminiscent of this video, but minus the puking. This video, directed by Focus Creeps, is a solid companion for the music and really helps me to get excited about the release of Dye It Blonde. Check the video above, stream the track after the jump.
I’ll admit it. I was a little upset when San Francisco won the World Series. I’m a Phillies fan. I wanted the Phillies to bring home their second title in three years. I wanted to see Roy Halladay win a World Series. I wanted to see complete domination and revenge against the Yankees. But I didn’t get that thanks to the Giants. Because of my anger at the Giants for beating the Phillies in the NLCS, I threw my support behind the Texas Rangers, who feel, rather easily I might add, to the Giants. I was a little irritated.
Lo-fi youngsters Smith Westerns have released the first single to their next album, Dye It Blonde on Fat Possum on January 18, 2011. “Weekend” still contains the lo-fi charm, but the increased production value still shines through, but in a negative manner. With the first throes of winter upon us (temperature was 34 this morning), “Weekend” is enough to remind that summer will always be there and just be around the corner. I feel like this album is going to become quite uplifting in the winter months, when all seems gray and bleak.