Smith Westerns consists of Cullen Omori (vocals), Max Kakacek (Guitar), and Cameron Omori (Bass). All members range in age from 19 to 20. Since forming in 2007, Smith Westerns have managed to tour both the United States and Europe while supporting the likes of MGMT, Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian, Girls, and Passion Pit. Their self recorded “lo-fi ” debut Smith Westerns released in 2009, garnered critical acclaim for their youthful and glam rock tinged approach to pop music. In 2010, Smith Westerns teamed up with Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR, Beach House) and current record label Fat Possum to record their sophomore effort in a proper studio. The result was a cleaner/higher quality recording of lush, layered timeless pop songs with emphasis on the guitar virtuosity of Led Zeppelin and the arena rock anthem’s of Oasis.
released January 18, 2011
All songs performed by Smith Westerns
Smith Westerns are: Cameron Omori, Cullen Omori, and Max Kakacek
All songs written by Omori/Kakacek
Produced / Mixed / Recorded by Chris Coady
Mastered by Joe Laporta at The Lodge
Recorded at Magic Shop, New York, NY, and Water Music, Hoboken, NJ.
Mixed at Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticut
Additional Engineering: Patrick Canaday, Brian Thorn (Magic Shop)
Assistant Engineering: Patrick Canaday, Sean Kelly (Water Music)
Drums played by B. Chase on all tracks except tracks 4,5,6,8. Tracks 4,5,6,8 played by John Eatherly.
Back up vocals by Elly Kakacek on all tracks and Patrick Canaday on Track 3.
Choir on tracks 4 and 8: Honeychild Coleman, Elizabeth Harper, Cristi Jo Zambri, Jessica Zambri, Ryan McGinley, Illirjana Alushaj, Jon Eatherly, Patrick Canaday, Donald Cumming, Vashti Windish, Chrisianna Key, Carly Rabalais.
Start to finish amazing album.
"Belinda Says" hits me right in the feels every time. Molly's range from the first, quiet "moving to the country" part to her last word in "we'll start another life" takes me on a trip I never want to end :) Niko