"The Swayback is sexy, loud, medieval, a bit dangerous,
a bit playful, and a bit strange. Merging
the dark, spacious atmosphere of Joy Division with psychedelic fuzz
and Detroit-derived noise, Denver's Swayback find an uncommon middle
ground between moody post-punk and anarchic proto-punk. Dark as
anything to come out of Manchester's suicidal singers minds, yet
powerful enough to hold its own in a biker bar, The Swayback forges
a much needed and incredibly unlikely bridge between Londons Bat
Cave era and Detroit Rock City."
are some of the quotes that have appeared in print to describe the
Denver, Colorado based music outfit, the Swayback. These descriptions
hint at the elusive and evolving sound of the Swayback. Called at
times punk, post-punk, modern and neo-psychedelic, the Swayback
have crafted a sound that is dark, a bit loud but melodic, moody
and thoughtful. Driven by a wild energy seen in the band's live
performances, and anchored in Kerouacian lyrics and succinct song
structure, the Swayback themselves put it like this:
always been our intention to be completely open to what comes out
and not put any limitation on what we do because we love everything
that has soul or movement."
has shared the stage with:
Gang of Four. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Louis XIV. The Von Bondies. Secret
Machines. International Noise Conspiracy. The Raveonettes. The Bronx.
Dead Meadow. Hella. Comets On Fire. The Hold Steady. Mclusky. Hot
Hot Heat. Lawrence Arms. High On Fire. The Willowz. Weird War. Pretty
Girls Make Graves. The Warlocks. Moving Units. The Briefs. Wesley
Willis. Lucero. Division of Laura Lee. Burning Brides. The Modey
Lemon. The Detroit Cobras. Vaux. Kill Me Tomorrow. The Locust. Your
Enemies Friends. Pansy Division. Fear Before The March Of Flames.