Smith Westerns have released the video for their delightful track “Varsity” from their upcoming album Soft Will, their third full length album to date. That will be coming out on June 25th via Mom + Pop. The video for the shimmery track is a symphony of color spliced with a puppy-love struck couple who are never more than 3 inches or so from each other. It is a beautifully shot video (credit goes to Director Alan Del Rio Ortiz and his team) that captures the seemingly endless summer fling we are all secretly a bit jealous of.
I have already expressed how impressed I am with this bands continual growth musically. The crazy thing is that these guys are YOUNG. If the rest of Soft Will is as great as “Varsity” then I expect these guys to be a band we all will hear a lot from for some time, and this guy couldn’t be happier about that.
The Chicago band has also announced a gigantic US tour which includes stops in Kansas City at The Riot Room on August 5th and in Los Angeles on Aug. 10th at The El Rey. These guys were one of the highlights of Coachella for those who braved the sun to catch their set. For a bunch of young guns, they are incredibly tight as musicians, with no drop off in quality from their studio sound to their live performance. Very impressive. Check out the rest of their tour dates below and go see them, it will be worth it.
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, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
07/29 – Toronto, ON @ 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, BC @ Electric Owl
08/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/04-06 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/11-13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival