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
Hop Along

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.

You can purchase the Hop Along album at bandcamp, the Swearin' album also at bandcamp and stream both, along with lists of dates for both bands, below.


Swearin' - Swearin'

Hop Along - Get Disowned

Swearin' -- 2012 Tour Dates
Mon 9/10 at Mercury Lounge New York, NY w/ Jaill, Fergus and Geronimo, Home Blitz
Tue 9/11 at Golden Tea House Philadelphia, PA w/ Tenement, Vacation
Wed 9/12 at TBA Brooklyn, NY w/ Tenement
Tue 9/18 at Cloud City Philadelphia, PA w/ The Two Funerals
Fri 9/21 at Cameo Gallery Brooklyn, NY w/ Chomp
Sat 11/17 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge*
Sun 11/18 Denver CO Bluebird *
Tue 11/20 St Louis MO Firebird*
Wed 11/21 Nashville TN Exit / In *
Fri 11/23 Birmingham AB Bottletree*
Sat 11/24 Memphis TN Hi-Tone *
Sun 11/25 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks *
Tue 11/27 Orlando FL The Social*
Wed 11/28 Tampa FL Crowbar*
Thu 11/29 Gainesville FL High Dive*
Sat 12/1 Atlanta GA The Earl*
Sun 12/2 Asheville NC Grey Eagle Tavern*
* - supporting Japandroids

Hop Along -- 2012 Tour Dates
Sept 10 - Boston, MA @ TBA
Sept 11 - Lowell, MA @ the ant cellar w/ PURE FUN and more!
Sept 12 - Portland, ME @ Poland St w/ The Milkman's Union and more!!
Sept 13 - Burlington, VT @ 242 Main w/ Bleeding Fractals, Tyler Daniel Bean, and Lie Captive
Sept 14 - Red Hook, NY @ The Root Cellar (Bard College)
September 26 - Kung Fu Necktie w/ Jason Anderson and Little Light, 8 pm (21+, sorry!)
September 29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
September 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar w/ Tin Armor
Oct 1 - Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex w/ Jason Anderson, and Paul Baribeau
Oct 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The DAAC w/ Charles the Osprey, and Peace Be Still
Oct 3 - Chicago, IL @ Swerp Mansion w/ TBA
Oct 4 - Bloomington, IN @ TBA
Oct 5 - Fairfield, IA @ Beauty Shop w/ TBA
Oct 6 - Omaha, NE @ The Sandbox w/ TBA
Oct 7 - Denver, CO @ Unit-E w/ TBA
Oct 8 - Provo, UT @ Muse Music Cafe w/ TBA
Oct 9 - Idaho Falls @ TBA
Oct 11 - Seattle, WA @ Blacklodge
Oct 12 - Portland, OR @ Jurassic Park w/ Duck Little Brother Duck, and Living Rheum
Oct 13 - Oakland, CA @ 1234-GO! w/TBA
Oct 14 - San Francisco @ Thee Parkside w/ Wild Moth
Oct 15 - Eagle Rock @ Center for the Arts w/ Joyce Manor
Oct 16 - San Diego @ Che Cafe w/ TBA
Oct 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
Oct 18 - Albuquerque, NM********* HELP!!!!*****
Oct 20 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Hospitality and TEEN
Oct 21 - Baton Rouge, LA**********HELP!!!*******
Oct 22 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge w/ TBA
Oct 23 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Shark Tank w/ TBA
Oct 24 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery pre fest!!
Oct 26, 27, 28 - FEST GAINESVILLE --- (once we know where we are on the schedule, anyone want to throw us on some unofficial house shows??)
Oct 29 - Atlanta, GA @ The Black Out Lodge w/ Emperor X
Oct 30 - Raleigh, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse w/ TBA
Oct 31 - Greenville, NC @ The Tipsy Teapot (HALLOWEEN!!!!)
Nov 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ The Sidekicks and Johnny Foreigner

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