Photo by Brooke Vandever
There’s a nice little article about us in this weeks version of the local Kansas City listings paper, The Pitch. Check it out: Schwervon moved from New York to Kansas City to reboot its career. Wait, what? by Angela Lutz
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Check out the full article: Living Through 2012: My Year in Music “Somebody has to say this, so I guess I will — Schwervon! Is one of America’s best bands. Fickle popular taste and the current state of the music industry may very well prevent them from joining the ranks of the Talking Heads, Nirvana, and the White Stripes in terms of mass appeal, but they are doing so many things right in so many ways that in a just world (which I’m afraid this is not) they would at least be in the same discussion as Sonic Youth or Yo La Tengo or LCD Soundsystem or Wilco. Now spread across 13 years, five albums, and a bunch of singles, they have developed what started out as a sort of primitive duo-pop into unique and lyrically sophisticated music that combines indie-punk aggression, early-Velvet-Underground-style experiments, ingenious harmonies, and such solid song structures that you never forget where you are in a song, and you never wonder if it is leading somewhere.
They understand the amped-up guitar as well as silence and empty space. Every corner you turn in one of their songs brings a shock of pleasure – a guitar freakout that evolves into a hook that stays with you until the next time you hear it, or a plaintive indie-folky intro that mashes seamlessly with a multi-layered pop chorus. The music is deceptively simple, but folds out like a pop-up book – turning lush without layers of distancing overdubs, adding hook after hook without making a huge big deal out of it, and staying unfathomably and deliberately uncatagorizable but completely audience friendly – although their insistence on doing all these wonderful pop things but leaving the rough edges intact may be part of why they haven’t yet been at the top of the charts. And the lyrics, which early in their career were mainly ruminations on relationships (principally the one they have with each other), are now typically dreamscapes which strip the flesh off human interactions, not in order to disguise the personal (or the political), but to reveal the bones beneath.
2012’s “Courage”, recorded in Memphis with engineer Doug Easley (Pavement, Sonic Youth, etc.) continued the winning streak. A masterpiece of brevity, clocking in at just over 23 minutes, it takes on longing, regret, anticipation and, of course, courage. The sessions took place as the band was making the decision to leave New York and make a new life in Kansas City, and in the songs you can feel them reluctantly letting go of what (and who) they were leaving behind and looking toward what was coming next with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Dave Shouse of The Grifters and Frances McKee of The Vaselines (who Schwervon have toured with and are in many ways their spiritual predecessors) make candid singing appearances. I can’t put it any more simply: if you haven’t heard them, you need to hear them. If you don’t like them, you need to like them. If you don’t understand why, you need to go back and learn more about music.” – Tony Are is a writer, critic, and occasional musician who lives in New York City. He started playing in bands in 1967 and finally gave up in 2003. Now he sits in a rocking chair and tells the young whippersnappers how much better it used to be in his day. His poetry is at http://tonyare.weebly.com/index.html.
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THIS JUST IN> WE’VE JUST CONFIRMED OUR ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT: THE RIOT ROOM FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
CONFIRMED ACTS FOR THE EVENING INCLUDE:
FOLKICIDE + THE LUCKY + THE CONQUERORS
COME ON DOWN AND HELP US CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF OUR NEW ALBUM: COURAGE . IT”S GONNA BE A REAL GOOD TIME!
SCHWERVON! Back To School Mini Tour Dates with a summit that peaks in Brooklyn, NY opening for The Vaselines. This will be the first tour we’ll have CD copies available of our new album: COURAGE (recorded by Doug Easley in Memphis).
Aug. 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s (w/ Sonic Dioxide + Mr. Clit & the Pink Cigarettes)
Aug. 27 – Canton, OH @ Buzzbin Art & Music Shop (w/ Dolly Rocker Ragdoll)
August 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House (w/ The Vaselines!)
August 31 @ TBA (email: schwervon at gmail.com for details)
Sept. 01 – New Brunswick, NY @ Paradise Lost New Brunswick, NJ (w/ The Timid Roosevelts) email schwervon at gmail.com for details
Sept. 02 – Washington, D.C @ The Dunes (w/ Southern Problems)
Sept. 04 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile (w/ Uncle Bengine)
Sept. 05 – Charleston, WV @ Studio 1031
Sept. 06 – Dayton OH @ Casa de King
Sept. 07 – St. Louis, MO @ Heavy Anchor (w/ Frances with Wolves)
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If we had to pick a week where we officially became Kansas City-ans, this last one would have been very much in the running. The Major Matt Mason USA and Nan and the One Night Stands double bill at Weirdo Wednesday was one of the more enjoyable hump days in recent memory. And last Saturday’s Schwervon! show at Davey’s Uptown with The Electric Lungs and Drew Black and Dirty Electric totally knocked it out of the park for us! Here’s little video from the show taken by our favorite local Vinyl Merchant: Sherman Brenaman! Gracias KC for a great week! An extra special big “Merci Boucoup!” to all the dancers. Hope to see you all again on Friday, September 28th at the Riot Room!
At Weirdo Wednesday a guy, who never told me his name, handed us a piece of paper with this sketch of Nan and I performing solo on either side. Pretty cool! I liked it so much I scanned it. Thanks guy who’s name we don’t know.
– Major Matt Mason USA
– Nan Turner
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