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Smith Westerns Lose Direction At The Echo, 2/11/11

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By Ryan Torok/Special to LAist

The sold-out Smith Westerns show at The Echo on February 11 was, like their recent album Dye it Blonde, filled with awesome, George Harrison-inspired riffage. Unfortunately, that's where the awesome stopped.

The young Chicago foursome’s 45-minute set was just short of tragic: the drums were too loud, the keyboard didn’t contribute anything, and lead singer Cullen Omori’s vocals were drowned out under the noisy playing of his band mates.

The band failed to find the hooks and high moments throughout the show from set opener “Still New” off the recent album, to other new tracks like “Imagine, Pt. 3” and “Weekend” and even on older tracks which presumably the band has plenty of experience playing live.