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.

New Misery Artwork:

cullen omori solo new misery Smith Westerns Cullen Omori announces solo debut, shares Cinnamon    listen

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