Smith Westerns Bring New Tunes to Music Hall Tomorrow

July 23rd, 2013

Cameron Omori (vocals and guitar) and Max Kakacek (guitar) met as teens in a Chicago prep school and bonded over similar musical tastes, especially ’60s garage rock. They recruited Omori’s older brother, Cullen, to play the bass, but there’s been a revolving door behind the drum kit. Originally the group’s three members each took turns before Hal James came in as drummer for Smith Westerns’ 2009 self-titled debut album. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase and Turbo Fruits’ John Eatherly played on the group’s superlative sophomore release, Dye It Blonde, which found them channeling George Harrison through a glam prism. And John Eatherly, formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, became the fourth member of the young band for their newest release, Soft Will (stream it below), which NME hails for its “catchy tunes, dreamy textures and wistful nostalgia for misspent youth.” You can catch some of these new tunes live when Smith Westerns (above, doing “Weekend” for KEXP FM, and, below, covering Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “American Girl” for the A.V. Club) play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night.