Back to School Special ft. Swear and Shake

In a city that offers endless new sounds, New York-based band Swear & Shake's loyal fan base and earnest talent have driven them on tours across the US and into the focal point of fawning critics. The band's star seems to be continually on the rise, as they play premiere Manhattan and Brooklyn venues and release their fully-Kickstarter-funded LP, Maple Ridge, only a year after their formation.

Swear & Shake is Kari Spieler (vocals, lyrics, guitar), Adam McHeffey (vocals, lyrics, guitar, banjo, piano), Shaun Savage (electric bass), and Tom Elefante (percussion). The band formed in 2010 after Kari helped Adam record a demo one of his original songs, "Johnnie." From that moment, they knew they were on to something good. Adam recruited longtime friends Shaun and Tom to flesh out the sounds behind Kari's soulful, smoky voice and Adam's catchy folk strumming.

The band was a hit from their first release in November 2010, a five track album aptly titled "Extended Play," which received over 200,000 Creative Commons downloads in North American and Europe. In the first few months, favorite tunes like "Johnnie" and "Bones" started to pop up in covers on YouTube.

Newsday praised the band, comparing them to indie darlings Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver. New York's The Deli described front lady Kari's pipes as "gorgeously full," and Brooklyn Belles compared her to “a young June Carter Cash." David Malachowski of the Daily Freeman made clear that Swear and Shake is more than fun sounds and pretty faces. “A haunting postcard from a faraway, warmer place, Spieler’s moving, heartfelt delivery takes this to a higher place,” writes Malachowski. “Daring and direct, Swear & Shake points a finger at you, and you can’t help but respond. Well done.” Frost Click called the band’s EP a “treat” and writes, “There's no denying the fact that Swear and Shake know how to make amazing sounds. The quartet has a knack for creating a wonderful balance of emotion, instruments, vocals and lyrics; making you want to listen more and more.”

Writing about their appearance at B.O.M.B. Fest opening for Weezer and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Connecticut's Culture Cache called their sound, "expansive, majestic, harmony-heavy," and music blog The Indie Kollection wrote, “Musical discoveries like these make me want to move to NY.” Luckily, there's still time to make the move considering blog The Feast called them "a mainstay on the New York scene."

Despite the band's critical acclaim, attending a Swear & Shake show feels like a cozy, crowded room of old friends where a guitar is picked up as the last bottle is poured. Shows at New York institutions like The Living Room, Pete's Candy Store, The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, and the Bitter End have been raucous and full of laughter and dancing. Music blog Sounds That Matter, who had the band record a video for their site testified, "It took me one day to realize I was head over heels for this band."

Using the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, the band raised $5,250 ($750 over their goal) from over 100 individual donations to make their latest independent record. Swear and Shake used various social media outlets and endearing quirky video updates to get the word out about their Kickstarter campaign (and released a super adorable impromptu celebratory dance video when they reached their goal). Recording was finished in the early fall and the album, including recent fan favorites like "These White Walls," "Marbles," and "Wrecking Ball," will be available in early 2012.

Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel

Everest Cale's music swells with guitar-drenched free-for-alls before collapsing, leaving just singer Brett Treacy and his guitar, pulling the audience closer with his hushed voice, earnest lyrics and just the right amount of ringing in your ear.

For the past decade, Brett Treacy, Jeremy Kolmin and Aaron Nystrup’s paths have crossed, diverged, reunited and evolved, leading the college friends from South Carolina to New York. In 2010, Treacy (vocals, guitar) began focusing on his original material, and he expanded and matured that sound by adding Kolmin (guitar), Nystrup (bass) and Nate Becker (drums). Everest Cale was born, with each member’s own talents building on Treacy’s foundations.

Jesse Denaro writes simple songs about complex things: love, homelessness, faith, remorse, death, and God Himself. Phrases turn, emotions connect, and melodies soar. You sing along even though you've never heard the tune before.

Jesse writes from an inner perspective wrestling with things he can’t change, yet knows his life has purpose when he cries out “Someone Save My Life.” Jesse’s song construction will take you to unexpected places but when you arrive you’re pleasantly surprised; as in the case of his recognition as finalist in 2009 Billboard Contest for his CD “Speed of Light."

"SATISFACTION FROM
HELPING OTHERS
GROW IN THEIR GIFTS"

Jesse has a way of packing a venue as he draws the audience in with his unassuming style and genuine humility. You want to like him! And he delivers. Then you’re hooked. He has an uncanny way of crossing demographics from teens to thirty-somethings where they miraculously intersect at the lyrics, arrangements, and the infectious melody lines. When you listen to songs like “More Than Man” and sense his struggle with his purpose and his faith, you marvel that this is a man of only 20 years. With tens of thousands of downloads & iTunes sales, thousands of Vimeo YouTube hits, his fan-base stretches farther than he can physically.

Although Jesse toured extensively up and down the east coast from MA to FL, he's entertained audiences at Illinois’ Cornerstone Summer fest; packed coffeehouse venues in quaint Warwick; recorded material in Atlanta and honed his style in Savanna, Daytona Beach, and appeared on radio programs in Nyack, New York. Recently, Jesse has toured the east coast as the drummer with the band “von Wolfe.” He has been a featured guest on several radio programs including World Radio program in Nyack, New York.

As if he wasn’t busy enough, Jesse is completing his Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Full Sail University this summer. The satisfaction he gets from helping others grow in their gifts provides another area of satisfaction for this young man.

Jesse will succeed not because every song written will be a “hit” but because he has good taste and instinctively knows what hits an emotional “nerve”, what will be memorable, and what just “feels right.” You’ll agree when you find Jesse’s songs stuck in your head and slotted in your favorite playlist.

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Back to School Special ft. Swear and Shake with Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel, Everest Cale, Jesse Denaro

Thursday, October 10 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at DROM