Entries tagged with: Swearin'
by Andrew Sacher
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
I was just talking about the new Worriers album, and how bands like them and Swearin' are keeping raw, honest pop punk alive. So it's pretty good timing to now find out that Swearin' has announced a new album too. The album is titled Surfing Strange, and it will be out on November 5 via Salinas Records, who also released their self-titled debut. The first single, "Watered Down," is on the band's slower, grungier side, and similarly to recent stuff by Cloud Nothings or Wavves, instead of choosing between emo honesty, grunge angst, or indie rock apathy, it combines all three. Check out the new single, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Swearin' also just expanded their tour to include a ton of dates from early October through mid-December. For a band who plays NYC a lot, there isn't one NYC date on this tour at the moment. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield's sister's band Waxahatchee will play NYC soon on their tour with Screaming Females. All three of those bands, plus Upset, are on the upcoming Guided by Voices tribute.
All Swearin' dates are listed, along with the new song, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
We were just talking about The Julie Ruin's tour, which includes a sold-out NYC show with Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' on September 3 at Bowery Ballroom. If you missed out on getting tickets for that, but still want to see Swearin' (and in a smaller, more graffitied venue), you're in luck because you can catch them the next day (9/4) at 285 Kent with Shellshag and Honey (ex-Psychic Ills). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, on Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Swearin' will take part in the Salinas Records tenth anniversary which also includes singer Allison Crutchfield's previous band PS Eliot (which she drums in and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, sings), The Measure [sa], The Ambulars, All Dogs, Radiator Hospital, Little Lungs and more.
In other news, Swearin' recently announced on Facebook that they finished tracking songs for their upcoming second album. Stay tuned for more on that.
Meanwhile, stream their 2012 LP, along with their updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
This Saturday (8/17) at Silent Barn, Salinas Records will throw a tenth anniversary party, which is being dubbed "Punk Is Important." Brooklyn/Philly lo-fi pop punks Swearin' and related band Radiator Hospital (fronted by Waxahatchee collaborator Sam Cook-Parrott) are playing, as are Ginger Alford (of Good Luck), Little Lungs (whose Angie Boylan is now in Aye Nako), the now-defunct PS Eliot (whose lineup includes Swearin's Alison Crutchfield on drums and her twin sister, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield, on vocals), the now-defunct (but don't call it a reunion) The Measure [sa] (whose members are now in Pity Party, Worriers, and other bands), the now-defunct North Lincoln (who currently have a member in Wormburner), North Lincoln's also broken-up pals The Gibbons, The Ambulars, The State Lottery, Delay, and All Dogs. Flyer below.
Swearin' also have a bunch of other shows.
If you haven't heard The Ambulars' late 2012 LP, Dreamers Asleep At The Wheel, it's a similar kind of raw pop punk to Swearin' or Radiator Hospital, and should appeal to fans of those bands. Ohio's All Dogs' half of their new split with Slouch is in that realm too (to give you an idea, there's a Muffs cover on it), and that one's also pretty great. (They also have a new 7" on the way.) Stream both of those releases below.
In related news, Salinas Records recently announced they'd be releasing a Guided by Voices tribute with covers by Swearin', Waxahatchee, Screaming Females, and Upset. It's supposed to be out in time for the Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement tour, which hits NYC on 9/14 at MHOW and 9/16 at Bowery Ballroom. The latter also includes Aye Nako. Tickets for both are still available.
Song streams and Salinas anniversary flyer, below...
photos by Bruno Simões; words by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Indie Pop Prom @ 285 Kent
My prom didn't have a band, just a DJ who was our electrical engineering teacher, Mr. Sark. (His DJ name was Sark After Dark.) But it was always a fantasy to have a cool band play it. (I did once attend a wedding with a Smiths cover band.) And while it wasn't an actual prom, some people's fantasies probably came true Thursday night with the Indie Pop Prom at 285 Kent where The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swearin', Waxahatchee, Potty Mouth, and Weed Hounds dressed up fancy, rocked out and then maybe took a limo through Times Square while dancing through the car's sunroof. The show doubled as Maria Sherman's Birthday Bash (happy birthday Maria!), and Frankie Rose and Shirley Braha (Weird Vibes) were the DJs.
Like my senior prom, I didn't actually go to Indie Prom either, but maybe you did? It seemed like a good time from what I gathered on Twitter and Instagram. Did they have a photo area on the way in? Anyone spike the punch?
We only have pictures from TPOBPAH's headlining set, unfortunately, but you can check out more of them below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
On February 28 at 285 Kent, the Brooklyn venue will be hosting Indie Pop Prom, a show with a totally killer lineup headlined by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and also featuring sets by Swearin', Waxahatchee, Weed Hounds, and Potty Mouth. There will be DJ sets by Frankie Rose and Shirley Braha (Weird Vibes) and the show was produced by Maria Sherman. Tickets are $10 or $8 if you come dressed in prom attire, and are on sale now.
In addition to looking like a totally fun night, and the fact that seeing TPOBPAH at 285 Kent is probably crazy with any support lineup, a few other things are notable about this show. You may know that Swearin' singer Allison Crutchfield and Waxahatchee (who also plays the Don Giovanni showcase) singer Katie Crutchfield are twin sisters and used to be in PS Eliot together, and it's the first show in about two years for Weed Hounds (who have played NYC a bunch in the past). And if you're going to the show, be sure to get there early to check out Potty Mouth.
Show flyer below...
Tenement definitely listen to their share of Husker Du and angular pop-punk, and you can catch their show on the road now as part of an East Coast tour. As previously threatened, the Wisconsin band will play Brooklyn Fireproof tonight (on 9/12 at 119 Ingraham St. in Bushwick) as part of their ongoing September jaunt. Joining the band will be Vacation, Swearin' and Space Trash and $6 bones gets you in.
All tour dates are below. For the unfamiliar, head below for some song streams off of splits with Cheeky and the mighty Culo -- as well as Tenement's listed tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
Swearin' at SUNY Purchase - 9/9/12
After taking about a month-long break since their last show, Brooklyn's Swearin' kicked off a short September run of the NYC area and Philly at SUNY Purchase last night (9/9). The NYC shows on that run include one TONIGHT (9/10) at Mercury Lounge as a support act for the previously discussed Jaill and Fergus & Geronimo show with Home Blitz. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. They'll also play a TBA Brooklyn show on Wednesday (9/12) with Tenement, and will open for Chomp at their record release show at Cameo on September 21. Tickets for that show are on sale now. In November, Swearin' will head out as an opening act for Japandroids on their previously discussed tour, but their last scheduled date at the moment is the Asheville, NC show (12/2) which happens right before Japandroids play Webster Hall in NYC (12/4). No other opener for the Webster Hall show has been announced yet either. All Swearin' dates are listed below.
I caught Swearin' at SUNY Purchase last night and they put on a super fun show. Sometimes calmer sounding on record, the band never ceased to be punchy and in your face live. They play crunchy pop punk the way it's meant to be played and the crowd was into it the whole time. Their set relied primarily on their recently released self titled debut LP, but also reached back to 2011's What a Dump EP for some old faves like "Irrational." Allison Crutchfield had already cut her teeth for years in P.S. Eliot so she's got the experience and is fully able to be a totally confident frontwoman and charming performer.
Hop Along at SUNY Purchase - 9/9/12
At the Purchase show, Swearin' were opening for Philly's Hop Along, who are touring in support of their excellent new album, Get Disowned, which I recently wrote about on BV Austin. Both bands (and Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Shellshag, etc) have a notable amount of sonic compatibility, but while Swearin' are reliving the glory days of pop punk, Hop Along often recall the fuzz folk of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Microphones. Frontwoman Frances Quinlan is a powerhouse live, howling away at her intimate lyrics and also proving to be a pretty killer guitarist. She's backed by an equally impressive band -- Mark Quinlan (drums) and Tyler Long (bass) -- who play as a three-piece that sound as large and diverse as a six-piece. Highlights of the show came during "Get Disowned" and album standout "Tibetan Pop Stars," during which a mosh pit immediately broke out, knocking over Frances' mic stand within seconds and causing the band to restart the song. Luckily they were in good spirits about it and once the song did continue, the entire room could be heard shouting along to the song's chorus and explosive bridge. Hop Along's tour continues this week, hitting Bard College on Friday (9/14), and wrapping up in November. All of their dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings members Jayson Gerycz (drums) and Joe Boyer (guitar) already have the side project Total Babes, who released the album Swimming Through Sunlight last year, and now they have yet another side project called Chomp, and they've taken their Total Babes bandmate Chris Brown along for the ride. Unlike Total Babes, Chomp is primarily fronted by Joe Boyer, and if you've picked up on his backup vocals in Cloud Nothings, Chomp actually sounds pretty familiar.
They're set to release their debut LP, Buddah Jabba Momma, on September 18 via Exit Stencil and they'll celebrate the album with a release party a few days later in Brooklyn on September 21 at Cameo Gallery with Swearin'. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show falls in the middle of a short tour the band will be on this month, much of which is supporting Cloud Nothings. All dates are listed below.
You can download two album tracks, "Throw Out Your Wish List" and "Done Waiting," at the top of this post, or stream them below. Also below is the album's cover art, tracklist, and a list of all dates.
by Andrew Sacher
2011's breakup of P.S. Eliot has already given us a great debut LP from member Katie Crutchfield under the moniker Waxahatchee, and now her twin sister/ex-P.S. Eliot bandmate Allison Crutchfield has shown us what she's been up to with a self titled LP from her band Swearin'. Bill mentioned that you should check out Swearin' at this year's Popfest, which went down in May, and there's been many chances (some with Waxahatchee) to catch the band since. Your next chance to see Swearin' in their hometown of NYC is TONIGHT (8/16) at Union Pool where they'll be playing with the also-great Nude Beach, for whom the show is a record release show, along with Golden Clouds and Yogurt Brain.
The Swearin' LP blends the sort of pop punk and folk punk that we've come to expect from P.S. Eliot and its related projects, and also fits in well with much of the Don Giovanni roster (for whom Waxahatchee records). Allison's lyrics are confessional and the music is catchy but raw. Think early Thermals or Rainer Maria you'll get the idea. You can stream the first track from the album, "1," at the bottom of this post.
Nude Beach at 285 Kent (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Nude Beach's album II gets it's Other Music Recording Company re-release this week and with it a couple parties. The band play Other Music tonight (8/13) at 8PM which is FREE but limited capacity, followed by a show at Union Pool on Thursday (8/16) with Swearin', Golden Clouds and Yogurt Brain. If you haven't heard the album -- which came out in limited release earlier this year -- it's recommended for fans of The Replacements, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Big Star and melodic punk with a dash of Americana. Stream it all at Spin.
In true Nude Beach fashion, the band has packed in yet another show, this time scheduled for the end of the summer at Death by Audio on August 29 with Naomi Punk, Sleepies and Shoxx.
Full tour dates are below, along with some Nude Beach II streams. West coasters and homies in the Rocky Mountains, look out for the band this fall... details forthwith. UPDATE, West coast/Midwest dates added.
by Bill Pearis
Here's the second part of the NYC Popfest 2012 preview. For info on tonight's show at Knitting Factory can read part one here.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
There's a free show at Spike Hill with Sweden's rough-and-tumble Lisa Bouvier, the gentle sounds of Philippine band Outerhope (who also play The Rock Shop on Monday [5/21]) plus Pale Lights (featuring Comet Gain's Phil Sutcliffe and Andy from Crystal Stilts) and Brooklyn up-and-comers Habibi.
For those going to Spike Hill, you might want to head to Williamsburg early to check out the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair that is happening at food hipster mecca Smorgasburg from 11AM-6PM. Indiepop-friendly labels like Angular, Kanine, and What's Your Rupture? will be there, with some exclusive product as well. Plus lots of amazing food. Get there before noon to beat the insane lines.
It's an all-Williamsburg day for Popfest as the Saturday night show happens at Public Assembly with two legendary UK bands headlining; Comet Gain and The Pooh Sticks. The former, celebrating their 20th year in existence, are playing their first Popfest and first shows in NYC since 2009. Last year's Howl of the Lonely Crowd was another fine addition to their canon of footstompers and floorshakers.
The Pooh Sticks
The Pooh Sticks haven't played NYC since 1992 back when they were supporting the American release of their stone-cold classic Great White Wonder which cemented their rep as masters of tongue-in-cheek, arched brow indie. Actually it was already established with shambly 1988 singles "I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well" and "On Tape" which is the "Losing My Edge" of its day. Arch, tuneful and not afraid to steal, The Pooh Sticks are indiepop royalty and, if recent live video on YouTube is correct, they still got it.
But the best group of the night -- or at least the best one you've never heard of before (probably) -- are on first. A quick listen to Pushy Parents are you can guess they're from Sweden (Stockholm to be specific) with a sound somewhere between early Cardigans and the Concretes. Their new Secret Secret EP is terrific: equal parts effortless melody, skill and just-right production. You can stream the whole thing and watch the video for its title track at the bottom of this post.
SUNDAY, MAY 20 (LITTLEFIELD)
Allo Darlin' with Gary Olson at Mercury Lounge (more)
Popfest ends with an all-day affair at Littlefield, featuring tourmates Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures who have been written about before and you can see pictures from both band's visit to Mercury Lounge a few weeks back. They are both great and reason enough to go on Sunday.
But not the only reason. The Littlefield show will also feature the first-ever American show from White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) who made many excellent albums before and after his fluke hit "Your Woman" in 1997. That song, as good as it it (and it is!) also isn't especially representative of White Town's body of work which tends to mix wispy melodies, delicate guitars and budget drum machines. Mishra has stayed active, continuing to release albums over the years, including last year's Monopole.
Also playing: Brooklyn indiepop mainstays The Ladybug Transistor whose frontman Gary Olson usually lends his trumpeting skills to at least one other Popfest band who needs it. (He'll probably also sing the male vocal parts on Allo Darlin's "Dreaming" as he's done before.)
The Holiday Crowd
And come early to Littlefield to catch local power pop combo Swearin' (which shares a couple members with Dear Marje who also play Popfest this year); Washington DC's Dot Dash, which features members of Julie Ocean and wordy '90s indiepoppers Tree Fort Angst.
The full Popfest Saturday - Sunday schedule is below, along with that Pushy Parents stream and video.
by Bill Pearis
The Pooh Sticks in the early '90s
The sixth-annual NYC Pop Fest is happening May 17 - 20 and the organizers have just announced the 27 band line-up, which includes UK acts Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures who will wrap up their US tour together with their Popfest show, plus Comet Gain, Seattle's Seapony, Finland's Burning Hearts, Sweden's Speedmarket Avenue and The Electric Pop Group, and longrunning American indiepop group Saturday Looks Good to Me.
This year's line-up also included Wales' legendary Pooh Sticks (!) who haven't played in America since CMJ 1992, and the first ever American show from White Town (aka Jyoti Mishra) who made many excelent albums before and after his fluke (and unrepresentative) hit "Your Woman" in 1997. NYC is represented too, with The Ladybug Transistor, Habibi, Heaven's Gate, Pale Lights, The Marshmallows, Swearin' and Dear Marje.
Ticket and venue info is still TBA but sure to be announced soon. Click through for the full NYC Pop Fest 2012 line-up.