Story Time: Smith WesternsPosted: October 27, 2010
I have a weird thing with Smith Westerns. Story time!
At this past SXSW, I paid a visit to Waterloo Records to catch Surfer Blood’s set. For those of you who have never been to SXSW, Waterloo Records is quite a distance from Austin’s Downtown area a.k.a. where everything is happening, so I had quite the walk ahead of me. Just making it there on my second-to-last breath, I found a position at the front of the barrier and sat through Priestess’ set. In between listening to the band perform and wondering if the singer/guitarist was the guy from the FreeCreditReport.com commercials, because he kind of looked like him from that distance, I scanned the area out of boredom and my attention became fixed on some people standing behind the stage. What I saw was what seemed to be a very thin woman in large, 80s-friendly clothing with straight, jet black hair. After a few minutes, she turns around and I notice that she has pretty great skin and…a rather well-defined jawline for a woman. Apparently ‘she’ noticed me looking at ‘her’ because ‘she’ was now looking back at me from behind ‘her’ sunglasses. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I had been staring at a guy for the past 20 minutes, so I immediately redirected my gaze back to the stage as Surfer Blood started their set in the hopes that I can shake the embarrassment and forget about the entire situation. Of course, curiosity got the best of me. After a few minutes, I looked back to see if he was still looking at me, and in fact, he was. Except, now he was standing with another guy with curly hair who slid his sunglasses down his nose to look at me. This went on for the remainder of Surfer Blood’s set and I left immediately after. I didn’t even bother to stay for Smith Westerns’ set to avoid further embarrassment. Now, I kind of regret it; they’re a fucking great band. I found out later that I had been staring at the band’s bassist, Cameron Omori. Consider this a lesson learned.
On a similar subject, Smith Westerns will be releasing their second full-length album, Dye It Blonde, on Fat Possum January 18th, 2011. They have yet to release any songs from the album.