Smith Westerns’ Cullen Omori announces solo debut, shares “Cinnamon” — listen

New Misery slated to hit shelves this March


    After nearly a decade in the business, Smith Westerns decided to call it quits at the tail-end of 2014, citing the sudden departure of guitarist Max Kakacek as one of the main reasons for the band’s dissolution. At the time, frontman Cullen Omori teased the possibility of a solo career. He’s since followed through with that idea, today announcing his solo debut, New Misery.

    Due out March 18th through Sub Pop, the album spans 11 new songs. It was recorded by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) and came to fruition during a period in which Omori had been listening to a bunch of Top 40 music while working his day job at a medical supply company. He elaborated further in a statement to Pitchfork:

    “There is so much dirt in hospitals and fuzz and lint and dried blood on these [stretchers and wheelchairs]. We’d clean them down, which in a way is kind of therapeutic, and listen to the radio. Then we’d go back to [band member] Adam [Gil]’s house and record demos for what was to become the skeleton of New Misery. I can’t sit down and say I’m going to write a Sam Smith or an Adele song or whatever. The closest I can get to that is making like this weird hybrid of what I think is a pop song.”

    As a preview of what’s to come, Omori has shared a new track titled “Cinnamon”. Led by dreamy, glimmering guitars, it takes Smith Westerns’ knack for a poppy hook to the next level. Check it out below via its corresponding Abigail Briley Bean-directed video.


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    New Misery Tracklist:
    01. No Big Deal
    02. Two Kinds
    03. Hey Girl
    04. And Yet the World Still Turns
    05. Cinnamon
    06. Poison Dart
    07. Sour Silk
    08. Synthetic Romance
    09. Be a Man
    10. LOM
    11. New Misery

    Omori will tour the US this spring in support of the LP. See the dates below.

    Cullen Omori 2016 Tour Dates:
    02/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
    02/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
    02/05 – Champaign, IL @ The Accord
    03/24 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    03/25 – Madison, WI @ High Noon
    03/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    03/28 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    03/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    03/30 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    04/01 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
    04/02 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
    04/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
    04/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    04/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Telegram Ballroom
    04/08 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    04/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    04/11 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
    04/12 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
    04/13 – Houston, TX @ Raven Tower
    04/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    04/16 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
    04/17 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
    04/18 – Washington, DC @ DC9
    04/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    04/21 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
    04/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    04/24 – Toronto, ON @ Horsehoe Tavern