For the love of music! Smokin¹ with Superman is it, one of the best and most original bands to come out the Midwest in years. SWS was born in 1999 and has been turning heads and shaking asses with its unique blend of hip-hop, funk, r&b, and jazz ever since. SWS has been branded ³the best band on Madison stages,² and has earned the respect of fans and musicians across the region. And now, with the release of their first full-length CD, Full Price, the SWS crew is looking to smear themselves over the map.
SWS melts musical genres, creating a vibe that is distinctly their own. Think about hosting a party where The Roots meet Sade, The Brand New Heavies meet Outkast, Liquid Soul meets Grant Green and Jill Scott and Common stop in for a drink. It¹s a blend that has sonic punch, blinding you with infectious grooves, then guiding you with stellar vocals and intelligent musicianship. Accessible yet always challenging, they are the answer to the question ³what's hot?² And oh yes...you can shake your ass to it.
SWS is a collection of some of Madison¹s premiere musicians, including two of the most venomous vocalists to grace the stage: Mr. Parker and Joy Dragland. Parker¹s East Coast flavored taste on modern hip-hop (melodic, conscious, intelligent, somewhat cocky) delivers a sex-like compliment to the hypnotic touch of Joy Dragland¹s sultry, jazz-inflected voice. Underneath, drummer Mark Heise and bassman Brett Farrey set a course on the rhythm section Enterprise to warp 9. Keyboardist Mark Siegenthaler and guitarist Shanan Galligan are the yin and yang in the chord change chamber. And the icing on the cake, the SWS horn section led by the young veteran, Bryan Elliott, stabs, slides, and screams the catchy hooks fusing this ³next shit² band to the next level.