Ryan McGinley’s “Friends Forever” Featuring Smith Westerns and Girls

Posted in boys, music by okkame on September 18, 2010





I don’t even feel guilty about liking these two bands, Girls and The Smith Westerns. They simply rule, don’t they? The Smith Westerns singer boy is so cute. Is he asian?


via VICE:

Ryan McGinley just released a new short film called Friends Forever that he shot a few months ago at the Pitchfork festival. It focuses on Girls and Smith Westerns, two bands that everyone sort of lost their shit over last summer, as well as a fat kid with a red bandanna. It sort of evokes that primal urge to spend all day with your friends at a sweaty outdoor show in the middle of July.

Here’s what Ryan had to say about it:

Smith Westerns and Girls are two of my favorite bands right now. I first saw Smith Westerns play at this restaurant in a weird little mall in Chinatown, and there were only about five people there. I liked how their hair was always covering their eyes and you could barely see their faces. They were so cute; it was almost like watching a high school band. Smith Westerns went on tour with a band called Girls who I immediately fell in love with, so much so that I sent the singer-songwriter Chris Owens my last photography book along with a fan letter. They covered their entire stage with flowers––I loved that. Their song “Solitude” speaks to me more than any other song I can think of right now. I caught up with both bands at the Pitchfork festival to document their performances and be a fly on the wall the whole weekend. That’s pretty much my idea of a perfect vacation. And it was.

Chris Owens(of Girls) interview by Ryan McGinely:

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