For their Garage-oriented self-titled debut, largely recorded in guitarist Max Kakacek's basement, Chicago indie band Smith Westerns ventured to the '90s to lift one of the decade's most iconic album covers, Nirvana's "Nevermind." The photo of the baby in the pool chasing the dollar was cut up in collage fashion and juxtaposed with classical art. That probably kept them from getting sued. Clever.
Then Smith Westerns jumped years ahead, and parked the Garage for Glam, when they hooked up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' producer Chris Cody for their sophomore effort, "Dye It Blonde" which earned comparisons to T-Rex and David Bowie.
The album proved to be something of a breakthrough by landing on the Independent Album Chart and reaching #6 Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart.
Featuring the single "Varsity," Smith Westerns unfurled their third album, "Soft Will," in the summer of '13.
2009 The Smith Westerns
2011 Dye It Blonde
2013 Soft Will