One day when he was a child in New York City Anton put his ear against a speaker in a dark apartment on the west side and went into a trance. He had a long dream. When he woke up twenty years later his heart was permanently broken, but in a good way. Trying to make a movie out of the turbulence in his mind, he found himself writing songs instead, songs some have described as sounding like Bryan Ferry, some like John Lennon, and some like a psychoanalyst trying to seduce a spelling bee champion. A single-phrase description might be 'neo-glam synthpop and indie-electro for cynical yet inwardly tenderhearted bookworms.'
Sword plays in NYC monthly, and in Europe frequently -- either solo, with his trio Sword & Slave (adding Gina Marie Rodriguez on bass and Michael Lawson on guitar) or as a quartet/quintet, Anton Sword & The We Ours (adding Kristin Mueller on drums and Julian Maile on guitar to the trio).
Anton Sword is currently based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and produces and releases music on his own label, Kiss Chase. There are 2 full-length CD's to date: 'A Sentimental Education' (2007), and 'City of Oblivion' (2010). May 1, 2012 saw the release of Sword's new EP, 'Here in the Hurricane,' which took a definitive turn towards a more electronic, uptempo sound, while retaining the cerebral, surreal lyrics that make Sword's songs unique.
Sword also plays keyboards and sings in other collaborative projects. Current and former projects include J.C. & Anphibius, The Paparazzi, Glim, Bee & Flower, and Ghostwise. He also sits in sometimes with C. Gibbs and Lucinda Black Bear.
Sometimes Anton takes himself a little too seriously, but his melodies are beautiful, his lyrics usually interesting, and his beats cool, so forgive him. Girls are usually more enamored of his tunes than boys, but the boys are always won over in the end.
Neverlearnedtoswim.com Music Blog reviewed: "If there is an “indie formula,” then Anton Sword and the We Ours’ new CD, 'City of Oblivion' certainly doesn’t follow it. But it doesn’t matter; here are the facts: this is interesting, musically subtle, tasteful, original, witty music. The sound evokes a more esoteric, reserved, mature iteration of Ben Folds. The title track is sharp enough to draw blood, and like most of the record, is infectiously rhythmic and impossibly memorable. This record is unapologetically kissed with jazziness, and fearlessly places the piano front and center, fully utilizing the melodic and sonic capabilities of the instrument like few bands can (or do). The chords are richer, the transitions more fluid for being arpeggiated, the whole sound more gentle and subtle, and all in all, the record is better. 8 out of 10."
Wildy's World Music Blog review of Anton Sword's 2008 release, "A Sentimental Education": "Anton Sword is good at invoking time and place in his music. A Sentimental Education is dark and scintillating and full of texture imbued with an anachronistic melancholy. Anton Sword is a storyteller with an artist's ear for music, constructing vast musical landscapes against which his bard's tales are told. Many of the songs here segue one into the other almost like an epic tale made of smaller stories. The overall effect is very entertaining yet mellow."
--Wildy's World Music Blog
"Should you have forgotten what a beautiful ballad is or what a finely crafted good pop song sounds like, Anton Sword has "A Sentimental Education" ready for you: 11 wonderfully produced songs of melancholy, love and the fleetingness of human existence...dark but tender."
--Roman Elsener, in The Roman Games Diary Blog