Smith Westerns Premiere Video for “Varsity.” Set North American Tour. Album Date Bumped to 6/25

Smith Westerns are pleased to share the video for “Varsity” the first single from their forthcoming album Soft Will. The video was directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz.


“I wanted to make a non narrative video clip about young love without showing the usual conventions of going on dates or hanging out at the mall. We studied this couple as they would study themselves and each other in their dreams, and used abstractly sexual imagery to give it a hallucinogenic and hazy atmosphere,” says Del Rio Ortiz of the video.

Soft Will, the third LP from Smith Westerns, will be released June 25th on Mom+Pop (in Europe on June 24 via Co-Op). After playing over 140 shows in support of Dye it Blonde in 2012 Smith Westerns (Cullen Omori, Max Kakacek and Cameron Omori) returned to Chicago and began writing the follow-up LP. Writing through the Spring and into the Summer of 2012 the band teamed up once again with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOR) and in August began recording what would become Soft Will at Sonic Ranch (El Paso, TX).

TOUR DATES:

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 -10/06 + Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

10/11 – 10/13 + Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

Track Listing

1- 3am Spiritual

2 – Idol

3 – Glossed

4 – XXIII

5 – Fool Proof

6 – White Oath

7 – Only Natural

8 – Best Friend

9 – Cheer Up

10 – Varsity

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