Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Violence Ringing with The Swear

Another week has gone by, and time moves on. I am thrilled to report that I recorded the rough cut of my band's first song today and it sounds AMAZING, so hopefully I'll have my own stuff to show you guys soon.
Before that though, the story today (or tonight perhaps) is an amazing alternative-rock band from right here in Atlanta, GA. The Swear are a breathtaking four-piece that have gotten nods from publications all over the States and U.K ., and are even being considered to play the Project 96.1 show here with Three Days Grace, Seether, and Chevelle. I hope they win, because these guys are unbelievable. Now, like I said, I'm not the first to discover these guys, but in my humble (and most likely correct lol) opinion, the reviews I've read on them are precisely what I started this blog to get away from; I want to read more than a sentence or two on just what makes them so amazing. A tiny blurb or soundbite just serves to abridge the raw talent these guys possess, and I will not stand for that. So, with all due respect to those publications (which are undoubtedly more commercial than my writing here), I'm going to show them just how a music review (in my opinion) should be written. Get ready, The Swear are gonna take you over.
So as I said, from right here in Atlanta, The Swear is a brilliant foursome made up of Elizabeth Elkins, Kevin Williams, Jeremy Zamora, and Steve Moretti. You might have noticed that I didn't write who plays what, and though it's due in large part to it not being discussed on their Myspace or Facebook sites, I think it might serve to make this article a little different from my others to talk just about the raw music, and credit these ridiculously talented musicians as a group.
With that I will launch into my first track, and what a total mind-fuck of a trip it is. "The City That Never" is nothing short of a masterpiece, and just like the first time I heard "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence, there is something so uniquely different about this song that it's just pure energy and brilliance. Elkins' vocals are soft and smokey, with a romantic lace that chills my spine, and as Zamora, Williams, and Moretti blast through chorus and verse in a rain of ear-splittingly catchy riffs and hail of thunderous rhythm, I can't even fathom changing anything about this song. This song is, in every sense of the word, perfect. A throwback to Patti Smith-like rhythms and Evanescence/K's Choice-inspired vocals, "The City That never" will be the song that just drips from your speaks and gives you chills from its amazing luminous soundscape. Is there something better than five-out-of-five stars, because if there is, this song most certainly deserves it. There is nothing like this out there, period. Amazing.
I skip around on the album until I get to "Shuttered Off Christine," a harder track that shakes off the K's Choice skin for something a little grittier, a little rawer. Think L7 with slightly less bass and you're there. Donita Sparks, though the riot girl that she is (and will deny being, but hey she fits so well in that genre), would even agree that this song is a testament to what true rock can be, fronted buy a guy or girl. A total wiping of everything I thought I knew about what female vocals can be when mixed with a hard-rock stage and backbeat, this song screams Babes in Toyland influence, and it's all the better for it. The guitar just snakes its way in and strangles me in a fit of brilliance and angry power as the bass and drums pound my head into the ground, and Elkins' lusty vocals bring this track blinding power. Whatever Williams, Zamora, and Moretti are doing, and whatever they're playing, the better keep doing it, because this song fucking rocks, and at this level nothing can stop them.
My last track that I settle on is "The Violence Rings." With a slightly more indie-rock-influenced intro, this song immediately secures for itself a place among my favorite songs of the week, and most likely the month. The rhythm is great, with a bass that bridges melodic guitar riffs with heart-pumping drums. The vocals finish it up, and make this song an absolute must-hear, and with the vivid imagery in the lyrics, I can't think of any way this song could be any better. After hearing this, it's plainly clear that these guys are going places. Lots of places. In a wave of emotion and musical brilliance like I saw with Evanescence and K's Choice, The Swear will soon be on that same level, a level they certainly deserve to be on. Versatile and talented beyond belief, The Swear is my gift to you tonight, so you better go out and at least listen to these three songs, because if you don't, you'll only have yourself to blame when these guys are opening arena shows and you miss it because you had your head buried in the sand. Amazing, and the definite best way to wrap up my Saturday night. Brilliant.

Sounds Like: Evanescence, K's Choice, L7, Babes in Toyland, Letters to Cleo

Key Tracks from Hotel Rooms and Heart Attacks: "The City That Never," "Shuttered Off Christine," "The Violence Rings," "Always Wasted"

Check out The Swear more at: and!/pages/The-Swear/14055078623?v=wall&ref=ts

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