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

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

picture-18547-1390524318Kyle McGovern // June 27, 2013

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