Interview Smith Westerns: ‘The Goal Is To Get Time To Write’

The Chicago trio talk to us at Reading Festival.

Smith Westerns arrived at Reading after a summer of playing festival after festival - as they tell us, often with the same bands. Second album, ‘Dye It Blonde’ was released back in January, and as we find out, they’re keen to stop touring, and find time to work on a follow-up.

How has Reading been so far?
Cullen: We’ve only been here maybe two hours. It’s really muddy but nice. We’ve played a bunch of festivals in Europe, so it’s nice to be at a festival where everyone speaks English, like everyone in the crowd. I think everyone in the crowd speaks English here, probably! It’s been nice, it’s really big. We play at 6.15, on the small stage.

Any surprises in store?
Um, I think we’ve got a light guy for the show. Usually at festivals, it’s super un-set-up, we just throw our stuff on and play. So today is going to be a little bit more set up, and hopefully a little bit tighter of a festival show, which I think we’re all excited about.

Are you sticking around for the rest of the day?
I don’t know if we’re sticking around, but today Yuck already played, we’re friends with them, we saw Odd Future yesterday, and hung out with them. [Looks at line up] Jane’s Addiction are playing. It’s weird, because a lot of these bands all play the same festivals all over the world together, so I think we’ve had chances to see more than half of those bands - and we haven’t seen any of them. I don’t know, maybe we’ll stick around.

What’s the best and worst things about playing a festival?
The best thing is you get to play to more people, and usually people go to the festival open-minded about seeing music, because people put trust in whatever the festival books, there’s usually a quality of acts. I feel like people tend to be a lot nicer. I think the worst thing about it is that it’s stressful, having to eat in artist catering, it’s super awkward. Everyone is wearing cool black leather stuff, rocked out!

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

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