Smith Westerns

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Smith Westerns
Smith Westerns 2011.jpg
Smith Westerns performing at Belly Up Aspen in 2011.
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active 2007–2014
Associated acts Whitney, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen
Past members Cullen Omori
Cameron Omori
Max Kakacek
Julien Ehrlich
Hal James

Smith Westerns were an American indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois, composed of brothers Cullen and Cameron Omori as well as Max Kakacek, Julien Ehrlich and Hal James.[1] Their musical influences include David Bowie, T. Rex[2] and Oasis.[3] The band has toured with MGMT, Yuck and Wilco.


Smith Westerns (2009)[edit]

Their self-titled debut album was released on HoZac Records on June 5, 2009.[4] Most of the album was recorded throughout the winter and early spring in Max Kakacek's basement.[1]

Dye It Blonde (2011)[edit]

They released a new single, "Weekend", on November 4, 2010, from their album Dye It Blonde, which was released on January 18, 2011.[5]

Soft Will (2013)[edit]

The band signed to Mom + Pop Music on March 5, 2013,[6] and released Soft Will on June 25, 2013, following up from their 2011 LP, Dye It Blonde. The first single off the album, "Varsity," was released March 6, 2013.[7] The album has received mostly positive reviews upon release.[citation needed]

Later work and breakup[edit]

On December 13, 2014, the band announced that they would go on an indefinite hiatus.[8] They later confirmed that they were permanently breaking up.[9]

Since the breakup, Cullen Omori began a solo career, signing to Sub Pop Records,[10] while Max Kakacek, Julien Ehrlich, and touring keyboardist Ziyad Asrar formed the band Whitney.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Indie

US Rock
US Heat
Smith Westerns
Dye It Blonde
  • Release date: January 18, 2011
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • Formats: CD, music download, vinyl
114 18 20 29 1
Soft Will 194
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Album
2010 "Weekend" Dye It Blonde
2013 "Varsity" Soft Will


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  2. ^ "Rising: Smith Westerns". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Smith Westerns Talk Their New Brit Pop Influenced LP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Smith Westerns LP Out Now on HoZac - MySpace-blog | van The Smith Westerns". 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Pitchfork: The Playlist: Smith Westerns - "Weekend"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
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  7. ^ Minsker, Evan (6 March 2013). "Smith Westerns Announce New Album Soft Will, Share New Track "Varsity"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Beauchemin, Molly. "Smith Westerns Announce Indefinite Hiatus". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Smith Westerns Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Smith Westerns Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Smith Westerns Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Smith Westerns Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Smith Westerns Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2011.