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Songs for Strippers (and other professions)

by Swallows

"Rock and roll, ugly and beautiful, profane and spiritual. This quartet brings a blend of classic blues, a barrage of eclectic instruments and warm yet gritty Nick Cave vocals." One of the top albums of 2008 - Consequence of Sound
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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1. Not Your Kind of Man
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2. Kerouac
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3. I Won't Let You Down
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4. The Craven King
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5. Come to Me
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6. Hardball
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7. Days Like This
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8. The Last Happy Shot
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9. Undone
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10. Bottom Feeder
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11. Eventide
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Album Notes
One of the top albums of 2008 - Consequence of Sound

In July 2008, Swallows released "Songs for Strippers (and other professions)." This album-oriented rock and roll CD features sumptuous vintage guitar tones, gritty cello lines, striking vocals and an eclectic fusion of musical styles.

"Brilliant…. The overall effect is a dramatic, nearly operatic build." - Bob Milton, The Milton Files

"It is seldom that one gets to enthusiastically introduce new bands with raw talent, but this is one of those moments. This [Minnesota] quartet brings a blend of classic blues, a barrage of eclectic instruments, and warm yet gritty Nick Cave vocals to a state otherwise known for Atmosphere and Sage Francis." - David Buchanan, Consequence of Sound

"Sometimes feeling East Coast in direction, with that raw New York rock sound, but sometimes it crosses the country and slides in with memories of the slight jam band moments you would find in the early sounds of those Seattle grunge ballads.... A little post-indie guitar twang that breaks into a gritty vocal line that brings to mind Tom Waits, or probably a little more accurately, Mr. Waits long time acquaintance, Chuck E. Weiss....This is definitely an album that you need to let play. If you just listen to the first song and give up, you’re going to miss something that could be very important." - Marcel Feldmar, The Red Alert

"Eleven tracks of vintage rock and roll that will tear you up." - John Siwicki, The Comfort Comes

About the artist:
Swallows (Minneapolis, Minn.) formed in the summer of 2007 and began playing live shows in the Twin Cities and around the Midwest in early 2008.

The band's eclectic and thematic sound features the collaboration of songwriters/composers Jeff Crandall (Thinland, Mellow Drunk), Aaron Kerr (Thinland, Mellow Drunk), Tyson Allison (The Sleeper Pins, Gliss) and Frank Spencer.

Swallows' live set builds upon the foundation laid with the recording of "Songs for Strippers..." and is building towards the band's forthcoming second release, "Covert Transmissions to the Elementals," which will find Swallows journeying further into the landscapes of traditional American musical forms and expressions.

May 2009 also marks the release of "Dissonant Creatures," a 10 song collection of minimalist instrumental sketches composed by Swallows' cellist Aaron Kerr and arranged and produced by Swallows' Tyson Allison and Jeff Crandall.


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Much More Than Meets the Eye
I bought a copy of \"Songs for Strippers\" at a Swallows\' show in Minneapolis and was very pleased when I put it in my CD player. It is kind of hard to describe the band; they are pretty eclectic, but everything fits together quite well. The material is pretty dark, but the songs are really engaging. I like how Swallows match the song arrangements with the emotional vibe of the lyrics. The top of the album is intense and full of upbeat rockers, but the CD gets more bluesy, folky and emotionally deeper as it progresses. Overall, the CD feels is sexual and aggressive - it definitely deserves its provocative title - but it is also smart, sensual and haunting. Highlights for me include \"Eventide,\" a quiet, alt-folk song with very moving lyrics. I\'m also very partial to \"Come to Me,\" a dark and seductive ballad with cool textures that gets inside your head - one might expect to hear a song like \"Come to Me\" in a movie like \"From Dusk \'Til Dawn\" (in the scene at the vampire strip club). Other highlights include \"Not Your Kind of Man,\" \"I Won\'t Let You Down,\" \"The Craven King,\" \"Days Like This\" and \"Bottom Feeder, an excellent alt-folk song with great vocal harmonies and excellent lyrics. I haven\'t listened to many CDs as rich and varied as this one in a long time. This is a CD you can listen to over and over again without getting tired of it.