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Smith Westerns
Dye It Blonde

Listening to this record reminds me of the great times I had as a teenager in Wisconsin in 1979.

My friends and I used to drive around with Dye It Blonde blasting out of the 8- track in my buddy Eric Foreman's Vista Cruiser station wagon, the whole gang in tow — Donna, Hyde, Jackie, Kelso, and that crazy exchange student, Fez. It was a happier, simpler time, when we'd jump in the car, turn up our fave glam tunes and escape from our boring lives, teenage troubles, and the mental and physical abuse of Eric's dad, Red. Oh the zany adventures we had...

Seriously though, this record is dripping in more ‘70s nostalgia than the cum rag at a T. Rex, Mott The Hoople and David Bowie circle jerk. Seems strange, considering you'd be hard pressed to find a member of the Smith Westerns that was born before 1990. But despite their freshly sprouting pubes, these glam rock revivalist whiz kids have perfectly emulated the sound of their glitz rock heroes on this latest record.

Fuzzed out guitars, rolling drum lines and cymbal crashes, zooming keyboards and funked up on acid bass lines combine to create complex yet catchy-as-fuck pop songs you'll find hard pressed to keep off the soundtrack to a Diablo Cody flick. It's hard not to start screaming, "All the young dudes!" every time a chorus pops up.

However, the problem with recreating a past sound or style is maintaining your own identity amongst the mix. Bands like Best Coast and Camera Obscura have similarly utilised song-writing styles from a bygone era to create fantastic modern pop, but they've also managed to leave their own signature on the music through their distinctive vocals and lyrical content. Whereas on Dye It Blonde, it's difficult to identify what exactly is the Smith Westerns' watermark.

Despite this, it's exhilarating to listen to how this band's sound has matured so early in their career. They've really grown up a lot since their shit-fi debut record was released a couple of years ago... just like I grew up a lot on those crazy car rides, back in '79.

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