SWEAR ON YOUR LIFE was formed by MilitiA., Ed Strohsahl, and Marc Reischer in New York City in the spring of 2005. Songwriting partners for several years, bassist Strohsahl and guitarist Reischer found themselves working with an endless parade of singers, never quite finding one that fit what they were hearing and writing.
Through craigslist.org, America's favorite site for used furniture and deviant sexual practices, they meet MilitiA., a stunning force of nature who had already established herself as a fixture on both the local and national rock scene, with appearances on Fuse, MTV2, VH1, and as the featured vocalist in Dee Snider's horror-rock opera, Van Helsing's Curse.
Love at first sight is a bullshit cliche, but it's close enough.
Within months, the three had written an album's worth of material, and, with original drummer Jim Spengler, began forging a reputation as a vicious live band, re-inventing the three minute rock song as bruising, sweat-soaked battle cry.
After parting ways with their original drummer, Swear On Your Life entered 2006 determined to move forward, and began recording their debut EP, Burn My Crosses, that spring. The rest of the year proved to be the hardest test faced yet by the band, with the pressures of creating a debut record forcing the band to become an even tougher, more tight-knit family, and Swear On Your Life came out of 2006 bloodied, but far stronger than before.
The addition of Chip Thomas, a powerful local drummer, was the missing piece to this puzzle. Joining the band in December 2006, Chip fit into the lineup seamlessly, and SOYL never looked back...
Scrapping everything they had recorded in 2006, Swear On Your Life went into Spin Studios (Queens, NY) in Feb 2007, and recorded the "Burn My Crosses" EP, live, in 2 days.
Engineered by Nick Cipriano, and mastered by Steve Kadison (Sony Music Studios), "Burn My Crosses" is the definitive statement of what Swear On Your Life is: Punishingly heavy grooves, anchored by the near-telepathic rhythm section of Thomas and Strohsahl...Reischer's blistering guitar work, switching instantly between crushing riffs and evocative, melodic textures...and of course, the voice of MilitiA., covering every inch of ground between a whisper and a scream with the authority of an unrepentant badass.
SWEAR ON YOUR LIFE is here. Brace yourself.