I saw a number of shows this summer but one of the best came unexpectedly — Los Campesinos!, Girls, and the Smith Westerns at the Grog Shop. I knew that Girls would be great (I saw them earlier in the summer at Backspace in Portland, OR) and had high hopes for Los Campesinos!, but the Smith Westerns were new to me.
Honestly — it was a summer of bad openers, so I wasn’t expecting much (well, I was expecting mediocre songs and a bad mix at the sound board), so I was super stoked when they started to play and turned out to be fantastic!
There are a couple of things that I really like about the Smith Westerns:
- They play super-catchy pop songs
- They look like they have a really great time playing said super-catchy pop songs
- They are actual teenagers writing teenage songs about teenage feelings and experiences
Their album is currently out on HoZac and I definitely recommend ordering it. For a sample, check out my two favorite tracks: “Be My Girl” and “My Heart.”
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