Smith Westerns

There was Cullen Omori -- in a shapeless sweater, possibly in need of a sandwich, hair swallowing his face -- holding his guitar tenderly onstage Tuesday night at the Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Behind him his band, Smith Westerns, was playing with a straight face, possibly a bit tentatively. All of the emotion fell to Mr. Omori, then, who was happy to be a ham, dreaming about love that won't ever end, holding notes until they decayed.

By now the setup is familiar: a bunch of young men -- boys, really -- playing sweet, slightly distorted classic melodies. Smith Westerns, from Chicago, does it better than most, in large part because it seems to aspire to something altogether different. Something sloppier. Something with sharp teeth. -[New York Times]

The Smith Westerns played a sold out show at Glasslands on 1/18 with Ducktails, Bass Drum Of Death and Sundelles. The band dropped their new LP Dye It Blonde via Fat Possum on the same day of the Brooklyn show, and are heading out on the road for a batch of tour dates in late January that will lead them to the West Coast. After that, look for The Smith Westerns to make their NYC return at Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Updated tour dates and some music below...

Smith Westerns - Weekend

Smith Westerns on Chic-A-Go-Go

Thu 01/27/11 Al's Bar Lexington KY * , The Kickback
Fri 01/28/11 The End Nashville TN * , Big Sur
Sat 01/29/11 Pilot Light Knoxville TN * , COOLRUNNINGS
Sun 01/30/11 Local 506 Chapel Hill NC *
Mon 01/31/11 40 Watt Club Athens GA * , The Humms
Tue 02/01/11 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta GA * , Moodrings
Thu 02/03/11 Backbooth Orlando FL *
Fri 02/04/11 Club Downunder Tallahassee FL *
Sat 02/05/11 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge LA *
Sun 02/06/11 Fitzgeralds Houston TX *
Mon 02/07/11 Emos Alternative Lounge - Inside Austin TX *
Tue 02/08/11 The Loft Dallas TX * , Sunset
Thu 02/10/11 Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ *
Fri 02/11/11 Echo Los Angeles CA * , Club Underground DJs
Sat 02/12/11 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa CA *
Sun 02/13/11 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA *
Tue 02/15/11 Doug Fir Lounge Portland OR
Wed 02/16/11 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC
Thu 02/17/11 Crocodile Cafe Seattle WA
Fri 02/18/11 Neurolux Boise ID
Sat 02/19/11 Kilby Court Salt Lake City UT
Mon 02/21/11 Larimer Lounge Denver CO Bare Bones
Tue 02/22/11 The Record Bar Kansas City MO
Wed 02/23/11 Waiting Room Omaha NE
Thu 02/24/11 Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis MN
Fri 02/25/11 The Frequency Madison WI
Sat 02/26/11 Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Mon 02/28/11 Legendary Horseshoe Tavern Toronto ON
Tue 03/01/11 La Sala Rossa Montreal PQ
Wed 03/02/11 Great Scott Allston MA
Thu 03/03/11 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Fri 03/04/11 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC
??? 03/??/11 SXSW, Austin, TX
* w/ Yuck