Photo by Brad Bretz
A dense fog advisory should’ve been in effect at the Metro Friday night for Smith Western‘s homecoming show, which was an otherwise pleasant set of garage pop played with clear-eyed dexterity. After opening sets by Bleached and Porcelain Raft, things got murky. From the opening lines of “All Die Young” through to the last choruses of the encore’s second song, “Dye the World”, a machine pumped the stage with billows of eyeball-parching, sight-obscuring fog so thick the Chicago band looked as if it was emerging from a house fire or performing on the set of an ’80s music video. Out of the chemical cloud poked a shoulder here, a guitar there, the flip of singer Cullen Omori’s cloak-like hair. Did you miss ’em? Were you too blinded by the fog? Relive the unbelievable bill through Brad Bretz‘s gallery below.