Swerves - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Swerves ahead of the release of their new single “nooo don’t peak in high school you’re so sexy aha”, which is out now.  We discussed how the band developed from a solo project, lyrical inspiration, how the pandemic has impacted the band, and more. Check it out below.

Can you tell me how you got together and formed the band for those who may be unfamiliar? How did you initially become interested in music?

I first started swerves as a solo project in college, I put two demos out on bandcamp with a friend and then school got harder & I didn’t follow through with it again until 2018. I was invited to play a house show & it went surprisingly well. I needed a full band to play another show a month later at a local bar and I asked Josh, who I went to high school with. He was down & said he might know a guy who would be willing to play bass. When me, Dan, and Josh all first practiced together the chemistry between us was so good I asked them if they would want to be permanent members & Swerves was born. We’ve been a 3-piece until this fall when my friend Abbott came on as lead. We have yet to play a show together (thanks covid) but he’s recording the new EP with us! 

I really like your song “Bruises.” Can you tell me about writing that song? What were your lyrical inspirations for it? 

I wrote Bruises basically as a result of a “relationship” I had with a boy much older than me when I was 19. He was one in many unrequited crushes/loves I had throughout college and early adulthood. I felt so desperate & wrote the two demos about him & another boy whose attention I was pining for. 

Your EP ‘Drunk Texts’ came out almost a couple of years ago. How has the band grown since that time? What are your thoughts looking back on it now?

In the year & a half since drunk texts has come out I think we’ve learned a lot about just producing & releasing music in general. I’ve grown a lot more as a songwriter and before that EP I had never played a show in a real music venue. Since then we’ve played in DC and Baltimore (would’ve played Philly if not for covid!) and have been given more opportunities than I ever thought imaginable. 

What was your favorite moment from recording it?

Releasing Read Receipts was so exciting & a moment I’ll never forget. 

Can we expect any new music this year? Is there any chance that we’ll hear an EP or album?

EP coming this summer!!!

The pandemic has impacted the music community a lot. How has it impacted your life and your music? 

I firmly believe we were on the precipice of some significant success right before covid. We had a mini tour lined up down the East coast and were attracting the attention of a lot of really cool impactful artists. All of the gigs we had were offered to us & I think if not for covid we would’ve definitely landed a support spot on a fall 2020 or spring 2021 tour. Quarantine has also made recording a hassle because it’s harder for us all to get together. Recording remotely is easier said than done. We’re looking forward to things getting back to normal and playing shows together. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

I really appreciate anyone who has ever listened to us & given us a reason to keep making music!!! Cheers (: 

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