Swift Ships formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2004 as a songwriting collaboration between Scott Loving and Ben Shanaberger. Pals from school days in Virginia, they first connected musically in January 2004 in Washington D.C. where they formed the short-lived 3-man alt-country act Homegrown and released their one and only E.P. Alpha Love. When Homegrown split up later that year the two relocated to Brooklyn where they began to perform their alt-country tunes along with new compositions under the name of Swift Ships.
Their ideal was to write songs and arrange them however they pleased without the restraints of any particular genre, forsaking the world of go-getters and self-promoters for a more impoverished, delinquent and often entertaining "music-first" lifestyle. Rebel Renaissance, the first Swift Ships release, came out in 2006 with a minor key, morose, mostly alt-country/hard rock vibe. It received favorable attention from the few tastemakers who gave it a listen but garnered few sales. Their second release, Losers and Sluts, came out in '08 in an even more underground fashion. It was a collection of home recordings with an electronic/pop flair and a noticeably more lighthearted tone. Throughout these years Swift Ships performed live sporadically with various lineups of musicians but never grew comfortable with the presentation of their songs or their sound on stage. They labored throughout '08 and '09 recording their third collection, Nowhere to Turn, but found distraction in personal pursuits for nearly three years before releasing the finished product.
Fast-forward to late 2012, and it was time to release Nowhere to Turn. Their most polished work, it's a down-and-out resignation letter of sorts read aloud to a backdrop of bass-heavy beats and featuring predominantly the wounded squeal of Loving's unkempt guitars. Fans might find in it a healthy mix of the musical ideals of the first two records and gain a deeper insight into the unique friendship that fuels Swift Ships. If you like raw and emotive guitar playing and tend to get your kicks on the wrong side of the tracks, give it a listen. You're likely to find something right up your alley.