||Tuesday, December 10th
||$8 from Mohawk
One of the hottest bands over the last few months, including our site and beyond, has been Swearin. They’ve got this classic alternative sound with distorted guitars and lackadaisical vocal delivery, which often uses male/female interplay. They’re just just as likely to blast your ears as they are to offer you soft little melodies. Their album Surfing Strange is something that’s definitely worth your time, much as the openers are. You’ll get two great local acts in the Midgetmen and Super Thief to open up your evening. It’s going to be a busy week for rock n’ roll in Austin, so if you haven’t started catching live shows, this is as good a place as any.
Download: Swearin – Watered Down [MP3]
Just a short bit ago we had this incredible tune from Swearin rocking on our stereos, and they’re back at it again a few short weeks later. This song opens up really softly, then opens up with this shredding guitar line and a more frenetic pace. Allison Crutchfield has the perfect voice for this sort of music, it’s got a bit of polish to it, yet it still has this strained sharpness that gives the tune, and the band, a solid edge. Their album Surfing Strange will be out on November 4th via Wichita Recordings.
This track from Swearin popped up on Friday, and I’ve been spending my weekend pressing repeat over and over again. I could say that it’s the slight drawl accompanied by a female backing vocal. But, it might also be that I sort of see this group as the next logical step in the history of band’s aping Pavement. The guitar playing is simple but crunchy in all the right places. The group will be releasing their newest effort, Surfing Strange on November 5th via Salinas Records in the US, so you’ll do well to get this band on your radar; it should be their year if the album plays out like this tune.