Swearin' in Leeds
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Saturday 2nd February 2019, £9.00
Swearin' is the kind of band that comes around, at best, once a decade. Thankfully for us, they've come around twice.
After releasing two beloved full-lengths, 2012's Swearin' and 2013's Surfing Strange , the Philadelphia band quietly put things on hold. It was due, at least in part, to the band's main songwriters, Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride, ending their romantic relationship. And though Swearin' tried to soldier on, it became far too stressful to keep going. But after a few years apart, those bad feelings disappeared. And when the band's three membersCrutchfield, Gilbride, and drummer Jeff Boltfound themselves in a room again, the conversation inevitably turned back to Swearin'.
Though it may have taken them a while, Swearin' finally made the third album they always wanted. Fall into the Sun is as riotously affirming as their early work, but it's buoyed by the kind of learned perspective that only comes with age. For long-time fans, it's a record to be treasured. And for newcomers, it's an equally warm introduction.
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