Swivel hails the coming of a new type of rock music experience with a kinetic pulse that blurs the line between the electronic and the organic. Called " one of the most unbelievable bands to come around in a long time" by Whodaludaradio.com, this Electro-punk duo have blazed a trail through the LA scene, lighting up such classic LA haunts as the Viper room, the Pig and Whistle, and the Rainbow room with their powerful harmonies and unforgettable hooks.
Originally from Washington, DC, Swivel is fronted by Eddie Tyclus, and Tai Heard, who trade lead vocals and share song writing credit. They met during a high school talent show and have been collaborating every since- despite the fact that they attended different colleges. As Eddie was learning the ins and outs of film making at the prestigious New York University, Tai was studying music synthesis at the world-renowned Berklee College of music in Boston. Through trading files, sending CDs and maintaining constant phone contact, they were able to form their own unique sound- though they were states apart.
While Swivel’s songs have often been compared to Aerosmith, Prince, and David Bowie, their production sensibilities are much closer to that of Bjork, or the Outkast. Tai creates sonic landscapes held together with throbbing bass and sizzling hi hats but at the heart of it all is always the song. During the recording of the band's first EP, "Landing," Tai realized that he could better fuze the acoustic sounds of the guitars, bass, hand drums, and vocals with the digital and analogue synths he was using by creating a hybrid drum kit- the kick drum and the snare were programed, but the toms and most of the cymbals were real!
Armed with ambition, talent, and luck, Swivel has already made an impact on LA's local scene-and will make a much greater one in the coming months. With two videos in the works, plans to organize an west coast version of New York's Afro-punk festival in 2008, and a full length album due out early next year, the future looks brighter than ever for this unstoppable duo, and LA can look forward to more of Swivel's infectious electro-punk vibes.