Just Announced: Swearin’ at the First Unitarian Church

Swearin’ | photo by Ali Donahue | courtesy of the artist

One of the best Philly bands there ever was will return home to the basement of the First Unitarian Church this fall. Local punk/DIY scene favorites Swearin’ rose to acclaim before breaking up in 2015, and for a while it seemed like the band was done for good. But last fall, news broke of their unexpected reunion, and they opened a few shows on Superchunk’s recent tour, including a stop at Union Transfer in April. As vocalist/guitarist Kyle Gilbride wrote in a press release, “Sometimes a band takes on a life of its own, and it seems this one came back to us when it was ready, and in its new form, to stay for the foreseeable future.”

Though the band members are currently split between both coasts, they’ll kick off their newly-announced fall headlining tour right here in Philadelphia, with a Church show scheduled for October 10. No word on new music just yet, but Swearin’ recently signed with Merge Records and has something in the works. Vocalist/guitarist Allison Crutchfield released a solo record, Tourist in This Town, on Merge last year.

Fellow Philly band Empath will open the show; they released their latest EP Liberating Guilt And Fear in March via Get Better Records. Tickets are on sale now. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar and find the band’s full list of tour dates below.

10/10 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/11 Allston, MA – Great Scott
10/12 Portsmouth, NH – Press Room
10/13 Montreal, Quebec – La Vitrola
10/14 Toronto, Ontario – Not Dead Yet
10/16 Detroit, MI – El Club
10/17 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
10/18 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
10/20 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

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