Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on December 4, 2008

by Bill Pearis

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SwirliesVeteran Boston dream pop band Swirlies will be playing their first shows in almost five years in February '09, including one at Mercury Lounge. Formed in 1990, Swirlies' "Chris R" was the opening track on the seminal 1992 indiepop compilation One Last Kiss that also featured Lilys, Magnetic Fields, Velocity Girl, Small Factory, Black Tambourine and more. Since then, they've released a string of swell 7" singles and albums, including 1993's Blonder Tongue Audio Baton and 1996's They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons. (Most of their records are available as free downloads from their website, by the way.) Few American bands have done the shoegazey thing as well as them.

They've also had nearly as many line-up changes as records, though singer-guitarist Damon Tutunjian and bassist Andy Bernick have remained constant throughout. They've never broken up, just taken a few extended sabaticals. The most recent version of Swirlies, which has been fairly constant since the late-'90s and whose last shows were with the Lilys in 2004, includes Rob Laakso (Diamond Nights, Mice Parade) who is also now in Amazing Baby. Hopefully these shows -- Philly, Boston and NYC -- will spur some new records as well.

What to expect? "I'm sure something will break, there will be lots of tuning breaks, we'll play too loud and I will consequently sing off key, and no one will remember how to play the songs," says Damon. "In other words, it should be business as usual. What better way to spend my spring break, right?"

Tickets for the February 27th Mercury Lounge show are now on American Express presale. They go on regular sale at noon. All dates below...

Swirlies 2009 Tour Dates
Thu 2/26 - Phila, PA (Johnny Brenda's) *
Fri 2/27 - New York, NY (Mercury Lounge) *
Sat 2/28 - Our Beloved Cambridge, MA (Middle East) *

* w/ Gregory and the Hawk



Comments (20)

hell to the YES!

Posted by cranky | December 5, 2008 7:22 AM

i love the swirlies. but without seana it just won't work for me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2008 12:22 PM

@Anonymous: I was just thinking the same thing. That and the fact that anyone commenting on this one is, um, getting kind of old. Myself included, of course. Am I having a mid-life crisis in a Brookyln Vegan forum? Anything's possible...

Posted by Jordan Catalano | December 5, 2008 1:08 PM

Describing the Swirlies music as "Shoegaze" is a limiting and feeble description of a band that was/is always ahead of their time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2008 4:07 PM

"i love the swirlies. but without seana it just won't work for me."

You're a sad twat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2008 4:08 PM

"Describing the Swirlies music as "Shoegaze" is a limiting and feeble description of a band that was/is always ahead of their time."

so is "post-shoegaze" more accurate?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2008 4:33 PM

jeezus. west coast dates, pleeeeeeeease!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2008 6:08 PM

Wish I could be there for any of those dates.

Jordan Catalano!?

Posted by Angelica | December 6, 2008 2:54 PM

Yeah, "post-shoegaze" is more accurate.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2008 4:37 AM

will always be one of my favorite bands

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2008 10:39 PM


Posted by j | December 23, 2008 7:08 AM

more like fagrock. damon sucks cock

Posted by duuuude | January 9, 2009 6:05 AM

Damon is awesome. they're so underrated.

Posted by duck | January 9, 2009 9:15 AM

Seana hasn't been with the Swirlies in like 15+ years, right? WTF? No Seana on Salons, and that's their best material. Saw them in Albany NY around '94 and Burlington VT in '92 with Velocity Girl. Good to see them back. And they have a dude from Diamond Nights with them. Another great band.

Posted by yodar critch | January 23, 2009 12:33 AM

Wish we could be in USA and listen to you!!!
Hans and Eva, Sweden

Posted by Eva | February 21, 2009 11:18 AM

best band ever... shoegaze is all super hi-fi. the swirlies not so much. i think "lo-fi/experimental pop" is a better term for their music.

Posted by dmh | February 27, 2009 2:29 PM

the show was incredible, I little chaotic, but rather tight once they got going and super loud, but also understated.. A golden Swirlies show. So glad I was there, also, the crowd was going crazy during classics like Vigilant Always, Bell and Jeremy Parker.

Posted by dude | February 28, 2009 7:23 AM

Anyone have a setlist from the Swirlies show at Mercury Lounge on 2/27? I'm dying to recreate it on iTunes...

Posted by tomato808 | March 2, 2009 3:33 PM

Seana is alive and well and still making beautiful music and art.
Listen here:

She also did the album art for the Broken River Prophet's new cd. That's also where you can find Deborah Warfield who sang, played guitar and keys for the 3 Swirlies shows.

Posted by R101 | March 18, 2009 2:42 PM

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