Hello all, Ji here…
Swansea world has been quite busy since our last post, albeit in sidelong ways. Rebecca and I just got home from joining Loch Lomond on a tour supporting Case/Lang/Veirs. Neko Case, Laura Veirs and KD Lang are all artists that we admire and have been fans of for a long time…so to get the chance to watch them night after night and be up close and personal with such talent was a true education that left us with lifelong memories and friends. The shows were sold out, so to perform daily for enthusiastic crowds of thousands of people was astonishing and wonderful. Here we are in Denver on a HOT day…
Kyleen has been busy too! She’s been continuing to travel and play with The Heartless Bastards supporting their latest release, Restless Ones. She has teamed up with her sister, Patti King (Radiation City, The Shins) and Anna Fritz (Portland Cello Project) to create Bizarre Star Strings. They have been unofficially the go-to string trio in Portland for quite some time now, contributing to recent records by My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Case/Lang/Veirs, Band Of Horses and Karl Blau, among many others.
Swansea has some good shows coming up as we await the release of our Self Group released record, Flaws. Up next is a support slot for 80s New Wave wunderkind, The Fixx at Portland’s storied Aladdin Theater. Please check the Shows link for more information on all upcoming and past performances.
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Hey all! Just a quick note to let you know that Swansea will be performing as support for Peter Murphy on the Portland date of his 2016 tour. The show is at The Aladdin Theater and you can purchase tickets and find out more details HERE. Both Bauhaus and Peter Murphy have been incredibly formative for us as musicians, so to say it’s an honor to play this show isn’t giving this privilege it’s proper gravity…
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Just a quick update to let everyone know that Swansea singer, Rebecca Sanborn will be doing a live interview and guest DJ set today at 2pm (PST) on XRAY.FM. She’ll be playing some songs off of the upcoming Swansea release “Flaws” back-to-back with some songs that influenced those recordings. Listen in!
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Two PDX shows coming up!
9/28 Swansea//Gold Casio @ The Liquor Store (PDX) 9pm
11/3 Swansea//yOya// @ The Liquor Store (PDX) 9pm
Also here in Swansea land, we’ve been busy finishing up our record…the plan is to press vinyl through Portland’s very own new record plant, Cascade Record Pressing with an eye toward an early 2016 release. We will be doing our best to tour to your town soon after, so watch for updates!
In the meantime Rebecca and Ji have been busy touring with and helping complete the upcoming Loch Lomond record–it promises to be a beautiful statement from an incredible band. Kyleen has been traipsing about the world quite a bit herself, playing with Heartless Bastards. If you see or hear mention of a show from either of those bands in your hometown, please come and say hello! It can get lonely on the road and we can always use a personal hug or a professional high-five!
The feature film Death On A Rock which Swansea provided two songs for and for which Rebecca wrote a beautiful score, is receiving tons of awards and accolades from the film industry. Check it all out HERE. Do yourself a favor and LISTEN to Rebecca’s haunting “The Emerald Palace” which is featured in the end credits of the film.
Thanks for reading!
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Mark your calendars! Huge thanks to Showdeer for the beautiful poster–Jewels and Blood! You can purchase tickets HERE and spy on the Facebook event HERE…
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Photo – Michelle Shiers // www.michelleshiersphotography.com
We’re back home and settling in after a beautiful tour supporting Glaswegian rock legends, The Vaselines. For this trip we joined forces with Portland music impressario Ritchie Young’s band, Loch Lomond for sold out shows down the west coast, including Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. About mid way through the Vaselines’ set on the tour’s concluding show at the Roxy in LA we all jumped up on stage for “Molly’s Lips” (see above) for a sing-a-long dance party. We’ve found one of the many great pleasures of touring is getting a chance to form new friendships and lasting bonds with musicians outside of our normal circle. Frances Mckee, Eugene Kelly and the rest of the Vaselines were sweet, inspiring and hilarious at every turn. We look forward to future shows with them on their home-turf: Scotland!
In other glorious news–
As you may or may not already know, Swansea’s very own Kyleen King recently provided viola and backup vocals on the recent Decemberists Capital Records release, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World”. If you are interested in purchasing a copy (and you should, it’s gorgeous) click HERE.
That’s all for now! As always, please check back often for sundries and miscellany 😉
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After taking a short break over the holidays we’re starting 2015 back to business as usual–well, sort of. Our friend and Portland indie music impresario Ritchie Young has pulled his sometime-dormant band Loch Lomond out for another spin, this time asking Swansea to adopt the moniker as his backing band. We will be touring as Loch Lomond in select cities down the West coast supporting Glasgow’s The Vaselines (see dates and cities below). For those of you unfamiliar with The Vaselines’ cultish brand of garage pop, Kurt Cobain famously called the writing engine of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, “my favorite songwriters in the world”–an opinion so pointed that he eventually named his own daughter after Frances.
Here is a link to the world of Loch Lomond
And more about the exploits and conquerings of The Vaselines
Jan 23 Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw Theater
Jan 24 Seattle, WA — Neumos
Jan 25 Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge
Jan 27 San Francisco, CA — The Independent
Jan 28 West Hollywood, CA — The Roxy Theater
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Thank you friends, family and fans in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston and NYC…shouts of “SAMURAI!” never sounded so good! We managed to skirt the Polar Vortex and make it home–apparently the official term for the genesis of these things is “Bomb Cyclone“! In any case our hearts have been filled, our songs have been sung and so we push forward into the new Fall/Winter season. We will be do our best to add more anecdotes/hijinx and blog content re: our east coast tour in the upcoming weeks, so check back!
On the PDX home front we wanted to make you aware of Kyleen’s recent escapades. She recently recorded strings and background vocals on My Morning Jacket’s upcoming release as well as the upcoming record from The Decemberists entitled, “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World“. Please do yourself a favor and purchase copies for your whole family HERE, after all the Holiday season is approaching quickly!
For those of you who may be visiting or living at the beautiful Oregon Coast, we will be doing a three day long residency at The Adrift Hotel & Spa in Longview, WA (just up the road from amazing Astoria, OR). The dates are November 17th-19th. We’ve done this residency before and we’ve found that it is a unique opportunity to connect and relax in an intimate environment with people from around the globe.
Lastly, as you can see from the show poster below, we have a big night of music coming up for all the folks who are hunkering down in PDX. Our friends in the band Black Prairie invited us out to support them on a bill at Doug Fir Lounge on November 21st. As is the case with any show Black Prairie does these days, this will sell out…so get your advance tix HERE if you plan on joining us! If you don’t already know, 4/6ths of Black Prairie play and tour full time with The Decemberists. Since those members will be out galavanting across the world supporting the upcoming record I mentioned earlier, this will be a special chance to see them live. This will also be our opportunity to unveil the new arrangements and songs that we’ve been working so much on! “Something’s Missing”, “Big Moments” and “Breaking Up is Easy” are all new and will all be included on our setlist 🙂
Poster design: Chris Bigalke // www.showdeer.com
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