Harvey - Vocals/Guitars/Harmonica, Aaron Langman - Guitars, Josie Rothwell - Vocals/Percussion, Marcus Langman - Drums Jonathan Kelly - Bass
wilco, ryan adams, BRMC
Harvey Swagger Band inhabits a gritty world of challenges, temptations and words better left unsaid. It roams from past to present, exploring strangely familiar places and often draws inspiration from life’s less celebrated experiences. With vivacious Josie Rothwell joining Harvey Russell up front, the Band’s rougher edges have been smoothed. Rothwell’s appealing vocals and bright, inspired contributions on keys bring a new depth to the material. Harvey Swagger Band continues to refine its sound, discovering new collaborative freedoms along the way. Now more than ever its tracks display an element of the unconventional whilst retaining an accessibility which comes from experienced song-writing. Harvey Swagger Band inhabits a gritty world of challenges, temptations and words better left unsaid. It roams from mainstreet to country back alley exploring a range of both familiar and exotic places, often drawing inspiration from life’s less celebrated experiences. Earlier this year the lineup was rounded out with Jonathan Kelly on bass giving Harvey and the Langman brothers the new collaborative freedoms offered by the addition of a second guitar. The result is rewarding. The Band’s songs breathe more easily, taking the listener in and out of traditional structures. Josie continues to provide tight harmonies and elegant work on keys, contributing to the Band’s occasional Southern feel. Since its inception in 2004, Harvey Swagger Band has unleashed a number of demo and EP recordings to the Sydney music community, all to positive responses. The Band’s Pioneer EP was launched at the Gaelic Hotel in December 2011 and captures the Band’s current energy. According to Harvey the release offers listeners “a taste of authentic alt-country and indie rock.” In a live setting the Band can draw from either of these styles, or it can lurch seamlessly into the waiting arms of blues-fuelled rock or straight out rock’n’roll. To see Harvey Swagger Band in action catch them at one of their Sydney or Adelaide shows this year.