by Andrew Sacher


Two DC-area Exploding In Sound Records bands, Two Inch Astronaut and Swings, are kicking off a tour together this week in support of their new albums. Two Inch's Personal Life comes out February 5, and they recently put out its lead single "Good Behavior." It's complex, emotive post-hardcore that hearkens back to another great band from that same area, Shudder to Think. Check it out below.

Swings' newest, Sugarwater, came out last month and it pulls from another side of the '90s post-hardcore/indie rock spectrum. This band makes slower, cleaner songs that you could picture coming from Sunny Day Real Estate or Seam... if those bands started using vocoders. We've got the premiere of the video for "Tiles" off that album (directed by Maggie Menditto). Watch it, and stream the whole LP, below.

Their tour hits NYC on Sunday (12/13) a Baby's All Right with quality local bands Zula and Half Waif. Tickets for that show are available. All dates are listed below.


Two Inch Astronaut / Swings -- 2015 Tour Dates
12/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Clique & Self Help
12/10 - Poughkeepise @ The Mug (Vassar College) w/ Two Inch Astronaut & Johanna Warren
12/11 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Root Cellar (Bard College) w/ Two Inch Astronaut & Johanna Warren
12/12 - Boston, MA @ Milhouse w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Mal Devisa, Very Fresh, Puppy Problems & more
12/13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Zula & Half Waif
12/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Catholic Easter Colors & Et Al

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