Snarling indie rock four-piece Swearin’ will release its sophomore record Surfing Strange next Tuesday via Salinas Records. Since the release of its buzz-making 2012 debut, the formerly Brooklyn-based band relocated to West Philadelphia, played a string of high-profile shows up and down the northeast corridor and set to work recording the new record. Surfing Strange is a big step forward for the band in terms of both production and hooks – these songs are both gritty and infectious – and this week it’s streaming in its entirety via NPR Music’s First Listen series. NPR’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen writes this about the band’s growth:
With Surfing Strange, out Nov. 5, Swearin’ is up from two singers to three, and the personalities at play are even more distinct. [Frontwoman Allison] Crutchfield’s vocals are soft and rounded and tend to sink into their noisy surroundings, letting her tone and the heft of her breaths do as much talking as the words themselves. Gilbride is the best shouter of the bunch, with a nasal edge that could strip paint off hardwood and an acutely cute way of bending his vowels. Bassist Keith Spencer is the group’s resident quiet Beatle, or perhaps its James Iha: His hushed turn in “Melanoma” is a spiritual cousin of “Take Me Down,” dreamy and sad and sung as if through layers of cheesecloth. And though drummer Jeff Bolt’s voice isn’t heard, the prankster grin he’s known to wear when Swearin’ performs is palpable on these recordings as well.
Listen to Surfing Strange in its entirety here. The band kicks off its fall / winter tour with a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday, November 8th. Get information on the show here, and watch the “Dust In the Gold Sack” video below.