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Smith Westerns New Album Soft Will Takes Band Well Beyond Blogger Buzz

August 22, 2013 - The wonderful garage-punk-glam Chicago band Smith Westerns have a very good new album called Soft Will.

As we hear today a lot of it was written as a reaction to returning home to Chicago after essentially touring for five years straight during their late teen and twenties. When they returned they saw how differently life was going for their friends. Smith Westerns first self-titled album was rapturously embraced by music blogs. But the band found that that love did not translate to crowds at venues. Attendance didn’t kick in until their second disc Dye It Blonde in 2011. The new album has some strong, dare we say, mature tunes from the band

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Recent Release: Soft Will
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Label: Mom & Pop Music