The Smith Westerns played CMJ, were kicked out of Music Hall of Williamsburg (but not for peeing)
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Despite rumors that The Smith Westerns were kicked out of Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night for peeing in garbage cans, I heard that it was actually due to the band’s insistence on repeatedly getting caught drinking despite their under-21 ages. Not only were they asked to stop consuming alcohol by venue staff multiple times, but they even started drinking Jagermeister straight from a bottle on stage, and were stealing beer from other bands’ dressing rooms. Finally, when they were asked to leave, they started breaking bottles in their own dressing room.
The show, one of seven the Chicago band had scheduled during CMJ, was the Kemado & Mexican Summer CMJ showcase. Young Prisms, Farmer Dave Scher, Real Estate, and The Amazing were also on the bill.
“Moseying on over to Music Hall of Williamsburg, for the Mexican Summer/Kemado party, we strutted in just in time to hear someone say into a mike, “Hey, we’re the Smith Westerns. We’re from Shit-cago.” Classy! Honestly, we’re pretty sure this band’s median age is exactly nine years old. But guess what? We loved ’em! They play sugary-sweet, fuzzed-out garage pop that’s so solid, it sounds like their mamas must’ve pumped Velvet Underground into their cribs. Exactly nine years ago. Let’s hope The Smith Westerns can handle the impending fame and not have a VH1 Behind the Music chronicling their demise at 24 years old. [Time Out]