SWIMM Interview

SWIMM’s Sweaty Sweater Fest Homecoming

The studio sounds of SWIMM, found on their recent Beverly Hells EP, will leave you swimming freely in an upbeat, feel-good psych rock soundscape. And if you’ve seen them live, you are likely aware that it’s difficult not to move, or dare I say, get rowdy at their shows. They have a contagious performance energy that commonly results in a sweaty mess of excitement and fun times for all. In summary, you’re going to have a good time at worst at a SWIMM show. Previously known as Le BLORR (Bastard Lovechild of Rock ‘n’ Roll), Chris and Adam played raw, stripped-down blues rock. However, as the dynamic duo evolved, thus did their sound. The sounds of SWIMM are rooted in folk rock and psychedelia. They loosely adhere to a pop formula, pleasant to many whilst maintaining both musical integrity and originality.

Hailing from Florida, they made the big move to the bittersweet musical Mecca, formally known as Los Angeles, to advance their craft. Recently, they’ve spent a considerable amount of time touring with noteworthy acts such as Dr. Dog and Bright Light Social Hour, in addition to Orlandian hometown heroes Someday River, who are also playing Sweater Fest 2015.  They bring the weird with an exceptionally ecstatic energy that renders them a perfect fit for Sweater Fest, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them onboard to wrap up 2015 with a bang. Anyhow, we recently conversed via the interwebz to discuss their music, Sweater Fest, and more. This is what they had to say.

For more info on all of the Sweater Fest happenings, check the FB event page, and read more interviews with the band’s at Happy Camper Booking.

I want to start off by saying we are really excited to have you guys onboard for Sweater Fest 2015! In spirit of the sweater season, and for those who may not have heard your music yet, how would you describe the music of SWIMM if it were a sweater? Might it give one supernatural powers?

Thanks, we’re excited to play as well. If I had supernatural powers I would choose to fly, so I’d probably want our music to have that effect … I guess the only issue with that is if everyone could fly they probably wouldn’t stick around for the show, so maybe if it just made people float a foot or so off the ground. That would be pretty tight.

You guys have been touring quite a bit as of late; have you encountered any bizarre experiences or scenarios you’d like to share? Tell us about the weird.

Yeah we recently played in Philly and stayed with our friend Marriane at this creepy old mansion she was house sitting. Back in the 1800s it was a doctor’s office that they performed operations in. We all experienced a strange feeling when walking into one of the rooms on 4th floor and later found out it was the room they performed the operations in. It still had the original sink in it and you could see where it was stained from blood! Needless to say none of us slept in that room.

So part of your live band seems to vary by region; what’s it like playing with an alternating lineup?

It’s been really cool to be able to play with so many talented people that are also our close friends, but it can also be pretty darn frustrating not having a set band all the time. Keeps things interesting to say the least.

As far as I’ve seen, you guys have always put on some pretty phenomenal shows; do you have any favorite songs to perform live?

Thanks man! It kinda depends on the vibe of the night. “Tisk Tisk” is a fun one when it’s a rowdy crowd, but overall I’ve been enjoying “Suddenly.”

So, your recently-released Beverly Hells EP was a hit! I heard you’re already working on a new full-length record as well. How is that going? Anything else we SWIMM fans (Swimmians?) should be looking forward to?

Yeah, we just started working on finishing our full length this week. We’re hoping to have it done early next year. We’re also working on some music videos and getting ready for our residency in LA.

What are your favorite holiday traditions to partake in? Anything strange?

I love Halloween. We have been dressing up as women the past couple years which has been really fun. We were goth girls this year, and last year we were old ladies. I think we’ll make that a tradition.

One more question to wrap up: what are you guys most looking forward to at Sweater Fest 2015?

All of my Floridian friends! That and seeing Someday River’s set.

SWIMM Sweater Fest 2015 Interview by Bobby Hellmuth. 


SWEATER FEST 2015 (preview + playlist)

 “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
— Jesus (son of God)

SWEATER FEST 2014 was a landmark event. The night served as my introduction to incredible acts (and now, friends): Tiger Fawn, Someday River (at the time they were called Bellows), Fast Preacher, and ARK. On Saturday, December 19, I will again don my horrendous knitted outerwear and head to The Milk District for SWEATER FEST 2015. And this year’s lineup … oh yeah. Here’s a little taste test of the sweaty sweater goodness in-store, provided by your friends at Happy Camper Booking. Enjoy.

 If you’re at all familiar with this shitty website, you should recognize at least one of the bands on the bill. For some tight, feel-good grooves with a track record of dance hall boogie-woogie, check out Fat Night and Thrift House. When speaking of Fat Night’s 2015 EP, Lazy Days, TVW staff writer Graham Johnson had this to say:

The organ and guitar carry you throughout the album on waves of reverb and pure groove, inviting you to experience the graceful dance of the two instruments, performed by talented hands.

(Note: Fat Night are relocating to Chicago very soon, so this may be one of your last opportunities to see them kick ass, at least in the near future.)

I, myself, can vouch for Thrift House. This six-piece has only been playing live since September, but don’t be mistaken, Thrift House’s members are no spring chickens — this talent has spread itself all over Whorelando and beyond.

Maybe you consider yourself more of a rocker.”” Don’t fret little one; Daytona Beach doom woppers, Harum Scarum, and silly psych space aliens, Timothy Eerie, have the dance vitamins you crave, but with a really big muff (not what you think, but they probably don’t even use that pedal).

Rounding out this cozy, yet itchy, evening are SWIMM, Someday River, and Die Tryins. SWIMM, who jump back-and-forth between Orlando and Los Angeles, are indie poppy rocky sweetness, not unlike SWEATER FEST vets Someday River, who express the same sugary melodies, but with a cool funk. Die Tryins, on the other hand, are in a toe-tapping, indie bluegrass lane all their own. This band, formerly known as Goodrich & The Die Tryins, features Happy Camper’s Dave Hanson. He could have chosen to play with any of numerous bands he’s a part of, but he chose this one. That should convince you.

As if that wasn’t enough for your greedy commercialist ass, Frankasaurus Fresh will be hosting a silent disco on an outdoor stage. All of this for only $10. Doors are at 7, music starts at 8, and by 9, we may end the war against Christmas. Who knows?