Smith Westerns Harsh Everyone's Mellow in Sandy Kim-Directed 'Idol' Video

Like O.G. "I Wanna Be Sedated" clip, but even more sedate

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

Earlier this month, Smith Westerns shared "Idol," a sighing summer stunner from their third LP, the just-released Soft Will. Now the glammy daydreamers have paired the single with a bummed-out music video that was shot, directed, and edited by Sandy Kim (who also happens to be the girlfriend of DIIV drummer Colby Hewitt). The four-minute clip finds the Chicago trio moping in the middle of a party, and no amount of malt liquor or sexual harassment can pull the boys out of their dead-eyed funk. If the sun-streaked video for "Varsity" captured a romance mid-blossom, then this short wallows in the gloomy aftermath, where — as lead singer Cullen Omori puts it — "Every day is a hangover." So sorry, bro.

Smith Westerns 2013 tour dates:

July 19 - Madison, WI @ Live on King Street
July 20 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
July 21 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 23 - Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
July 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
July 27 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
July 28 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
July 29 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
August 2 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 5 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
August 6 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
August 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
August 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
August 11 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
August 12 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
August 15 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
August 16 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
August 17 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
August 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
October 4-6 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 11-13 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

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