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Petulant urchins come garage-glammers

The Smith Westerns are a true SXSW fairytale. The four 17-year-old garage-glammers drove the nine-hour journey from their native Chicago alone: no manager, no agent, no label. They shall return home with numerous hefty options for all of the latter. Why?

Well, partly because the tense, yet low-slung delivery is the most intrinsically fly thing on show anywhere in Texas this spring; the likes of ‘Be My Girl’ have indie-smash emblazoned all over them in humungous paint-roller splashes. But also partly because their clique has the startling combined powers to make even the freshest-faced muso-savvy hepcats appear embarrassingly try-hard corpses.

Today, they come on strong like Peter Pan’s Lost Boys had they been raised in a trailer park on a diet of Marc Bolan and crap pot. Not buying into these perilously petulant urchins’ rock’nroll dream just isn’t really an option.



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