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The Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Sessions: Swearin’

Photos by Madeleine Lesperance
Photos by Madeleine Lesperance

In November, indie rock four-piece Swearin’ released its sophomore album Surfing Strange and embarked on a somewhat epic tour in support of it. The month before, the band had just done a month across Europe. We caught them just in between the two, and when they came by WXPN to record for the Indie Rock Hit Parade, they showed the precision and tightness of a band that had been on the road for a long while, matched with the fire of a band that was still fresh enough into the game that they were going to go right back out and blow away crowds again.

The next time Swearin’ rolls through Philly will be New Year’s Eve for a show at Johnny Brenda’s with Screaming Females and Batty. If it has an ounce of riled-up vibe you hear in the recordings below, it’ll be a tremendous show, though we suspect it will have several more ounces; tickets and information can be found here. Stream and download Swearin’s Indie Rock Hit Parade session below.

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Deck the halls with the Indie Rock Hit Parade’s last show of 2013!

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Photo by Jesse Riggins

Tonight we close out a phenomenally fun year of the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Before we break for a brief hibernation, we’ve got a zinger of a show to share tonight at 10pm. We’ll hear an Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the Philly/NYC band Swearin’, who just released an awesome new album called Surfing Strange. Plus, we’ll hear a smattering of original and classic indie holiday tunes!

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Just Announced: An amped-up New Year’s Eve at Johnny Brenda’s with Screaming Females, Swearin’ and Batty

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

If you’ve ever seen a set from North Jersey-based power-trio Screaming Females, you know there aren’t many better live bands out there right now. A lot of that has to do with frontwoman Marissa Paternoster, whose vocal pipes and guitar shreddery are unparalleled. But it’s also the trio as a whole that makes them so impressive – bassist Jarrett Dougherty, drummer King Mike – their locked-in interplay and high energy and slammin’ songs that just blast out the speakers. If you haven’t gathered, I’m a little bit excited about the Screamales, and today I’m even further excited to hear that they’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve. Talk about getting 2014 off to an explosive start, amiright?

Also on the bill are Swearin’ – who, per this emusic.com interview, are sadly not based in West Philly anymore, but that’s okay, we dug ’em before they moved to town and we dig ’em still. Rounding it out is local three-piece Batty. This show will be insane and getting advance tickets is highly recommended; they go on sale at high noon this Wednesday the 13th of November via Ticketfly. Below, check out some highlights from each of the artists on the bill.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swearin’ at Golden Tea House, The Interest Group at Boot & Saddle, Vikesh Kapoor at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Swearin’ | Photo by Jesse Riggins

Swearin’ is throwing its record release show for their new album Surfing Strange. Gaining popularity in the underground scene, the punk four piece is known for shout-along lyrics, multiple vocalists, and raging guitar hooks – something you also hear on its 2012 self-titled release. With the excitement building around their new album, which received a 7.6/10 on Pitchfork, Golden Tea House is hosting Philly’s punk show of the night. Pick up Surfing Strange here and get more information on the show here.

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Listen to Swearin’s Surfing Strange via NPR Music First Listen (playing Golden Tea House on 11/8)

Swearin-Dust-In-The-Gold-Sack-Video-608x371Snarling 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.

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Watch Swearin’ rock out in a painter’s studio for their “Dust in the Gold Sack” video

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 11.02.50 AMWest Philly based rockers Swearin‘ are about to head out on tour in support of their sophomore album, Surfing Strange, out next month on Salinas Records. Today we’ve got a casual and super fun music video that shows the four-piece rocking out to the irresistible single “Dust in the Gold Sack” in a painter’s studio with an awesome skylight. Not sure if this studio actually resides in the West Philadelphia house the camera pans across in the video’s opening moments, but its a pretty cool room nonetheless, filled with books and impressionistic portraits and books and Swearin’ frontwoman Allison Crutchfield’s twin sister Katie (of Waxahatchee) at about the 1:10 mark. Watch it below. Swearin’ kicks off tour with a Philly record release show at Golden Tea House on November 8th.

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Waxahatchee performs a stripped down rendition of “Swan Dive” from Cerulean Salt for Clash Music

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There are few who are able to convey tragic misery quite as beautifully and elegantly as Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. Her confessional lyrics, driven by angelic vocals that pierce straight to the soul, are so intimate that one can feel the songwriter’s vulnerability; and her music has resonated with a wide, cult-like following of admirers. She appropriately draws comparisons to melancholy indie artists Elliott Smith and early Cat Power.

“Swan Dive,” from the Philadelphia based band’s most recent sophomore album Cerulean Salt, features the same simple yet astonishingly forceful lyricism that garnered Crutchfield and Waxahatchee so much support following their first album American Weekend. (Pitchfork gave Cerulean Salt an impressive 8.4 rating if you’re into that sort of thing). Crutchfield performed a solo, acoustic rendition of the song outdoors for Clash Music, and the result is a deeply insightful, personal, dreamlike lullaby. Although plugged in, the acoustic version allows for more emphasis on the song’s lyrics, and one can recall every sad moment when hearing “you hold onto the past, you make yourself miserable / and I’m ruled by seasons and sadness that’s inexplicable”. To sum it up, Crutchfield performing live is just plain moving.

Waxahatchee is currently touring Europe and the UK with band Swearin’, led by Crutchfield’s twin sister Allison, but will return to North America in November with a first stop in Seattle, Washington on the 27th. See the full list of live dates here. The band also recently performed at North Carolina’s Hopscotch Festival, where their set was recorded by NYC Taper; download it here. Be sure to pick up Cerulean Salt and see what all the pretty noise is about.

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Rock out to Swearin’s new track “Dust in the Gold Sack”

SwearinThis November former Brooklynites / current West Philly-ites Swearin’ will release their poppy punchy latest LP Surfing Strange on Salinas Records. It’s a solid and infectious mix of riffs, drums and vocals from frontwoman Allison Crutchfield that come across like both a smile and a sneer. Today The Line of Best Fit premiered the opening track on the album, “Dust in the Gold Sack,” and its blend of acoustic guitar and amped-up overdrive will certainly be on heavy rotation around here for the next few hours. Get hooked below, and catch Swearin’ on their fall tour.

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Listen to Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin’ cover Grimes via Rookie Mag

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 4.09.47 PMThis is a pretty awesome track from the fun and talented Crutchfield sisters. For Rookie Mag’s “Theme Song” series, Katie (of Waxahatchee) and Allison (of Swearin‘) reinvented Grimes’ bubbling synthesizer racer “Oblivion” as a guitar-rock song, underscoring the 60s pop influences that might not have been as evident before. Check out out below (and compare it against the original after the jump). Waxahatchee plays a free show with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on July 31, a double-bill of such awesomeness that Morgan’s Pier might just collapse and float away into the Delaware. Swearin’ has no local shows coming up, but we hope to see them again very soon.

Grimes, ‘Oblivion’ from Somesuch & Co. on Vimeo.