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.