Indie, Rock, Roots
My Morning Jacket, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Band, Drive By Truckers
Kristian McIvor - multi-instrumentalist, vocals / Morgan Hann - multi-instrumentalist, vocals / Glen O'Shea - drums, vocals / Ben Lancaster - multi-instrumentalist, vocals, engineer/mixer & Kyle Jenkins - guitar, vocals
Neil Young, The Band, My Morning Jacket
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Suicide Swans are an Australian 5 piece alt-country band that in their previous 5-year incarnation through the release of their self titled EP ‘Suicide Swans’ (2013) and debut album ‘Ghosts We Forget’ (2014) featured the band’s sound of mixing - the twang of country, the chug of 60’s/70’s rock with dashes of pop that they termed cosmic country. The band formed in 2012 born out of bedroom jams consisting of Kyle Jenkins (guitar/vocals), Kristian McIvor (multi-instrumentalist/vocals) & Glen O’Shea (drums) with a variety of friends contributing to the ever changing line up. Their early sound was rooted in classic country and folk but with the addition of multi-instrumentalist/vocalists Ben Lancaster and Morgan Hann, the Suicide Swans expanded their live sound to include waves of piano, synthesizers and organ, textural atmospherics and a new found penchant for experimentation, tossing in a mix of country, pop and psychedelic rock.
The band released their first self-titled EP in 2013 on their own label Near Enough, an introduction to their initial country rock leanings. Through constant live shows that display the ragged glory of 4 part harmonies, the swagger of rock and laid back mid tempo country, the band has grown into a live force. In late 2013 the band retreated to their studio, By the Living Grace, to record and mix their full-length debut ‘Ghosts We Forget’ mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York. The album fluctuated between rolling mid tempo pastoral acoustic songs such as Great Divide and Everything Must Pass, country lamentations Pinkhearts and In Spite of the Dark Times, classic country rock Torn & Frayed and Shadows of the Lights, blissed out lap steel scuzz rock of Confetti and Someone’s Chrome, the banjo/harmonica mountain anthem of Pine Mountain and the expansive cosmic country jams of Safe in Ours Arms, See Similar Stars and the first single from the album Marriage Song.
In 2016 the band once again escaped to their studio, By The Living Grace where they recorded and mixed their new album. In 2017 the band finally releases their second album ‘Augusta’ that pushes further their alt-country sound into new musical territory for the band incorporating pop, woodsy mid-tempo rock mixed with washes of violin, Wurlitzer/Rhodes flourishes, 4 part harmonies and reverb-laden vocals. The album represents the band expanding their alt-country roots incorporating pop and indie rock with the album fluctuating between acoustic laments: Wall and Come & See, forlorn mid tempo country/rock laments Pleasanton, Easy Heart and Canyons, country-indie rockers such as first single Horses, Broken Lines, and expansive sonic jams Nurse, Let Me Be and Yearling featuring the bands new found interest in mixing country and indie rock inside a gothic dirge.
If Suicide Swans first self-titled release was firmly planted in their early folk/bluegrass/country roots, and their debut album ‘Ghosts We Forget’ allowing the band to paint with the broad strokes of cosmic country. Then their second album ‘Augusta’ advances the band’s sonic experimentation into 10 songs that represent a band confident and on the move as they push their sound into new territories while keeping one foot firmly planted in their early alt-country roots.