Interview: Cullen Omori of Smith Westerns

By on Monday, 18th April 2011 at 12:00 pm

It was 1 o’clock on a pretty miserable Monday and I thought to myself, wow, I’m interviewing one of my favourite bands soon. I REALLY HOPE THEY AREN’T ARSEHOLES. These were my musings before I interviewed one of the hottest new things rolling across the UK at the moment, Smith Westerns. Part of me expected them to be like a young Kings of Leon, brash and full of confidence, however when I first heard Cullen Omori’s voice I was set aback. He was polite, he was interesting, he was a gentleman in all senses of the word, and without a doubt, he was loving touring the UK. He was the opposite of what I assumed he would be like, so shame on me for judging before I had even heard him.

Smith Westerns at the moment are touring the UK in support of highly rated UK indie rock outfit the Vaccines. Cullen described the tour as “great fun” and that he added that he found the audiences that “The Vaccines drew to be ‘similar to what they would expect at a Smith Westerns’ gig”.

The tour though is also in support of their new album which is released later this month, ‘Dye it Blonde,’ an album where they worked with producer Chris Coady (who has worked with Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the past), far away from the setting of the garage where they penned, recorded and mastered their first LP. Cullen says, “the influences for this album are quite vast, they span from early Britpop like Oasis and Blur to Led Zeppelin and Def Leppard.” When asked whether he was a fan though of Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher’s new project away from Oasis he answered with, “well, I heard one of their songs and it was immediately followed by an old Oasis song and I couldn’t really tell the difference at all, so I can’t say I am a Beady Eye fan”.

The big question I wanted to ask after that then was whether he was a ‘Team Noel’ or a ‘Team Liam’ to which he responded with: “Look, if either of them was to turn up at one of our shows I would probably shit my pants, so would say I’m on neither”. On the subject of influences though I couldn’t avoid the obvious subject surrounding the song ‘Imagine pt.3’ on ‘Dye It Blonde’, to which Cullen confirmed, “[it] was directly influenced by John Lennon”.

So with ‘Dye it Blonde’ being released soon and critics from Rolling Stone to, well, TGTF eating the album up and singing its praises, I had to ask Cullen where do Smith Westerns go from here. “It’s strange you asked that, I was in my room yesterday and I was trying to write some lyrics,” said Cullen. So it seems that album number 3 is definitely in the pipeline, and for me at least I couldn’t have asked for a better end to an interview.

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12:50 pm
18th April 2011

Will they be touring in the US soon??
Check out these two artists from the US 🙂



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