WAXAHATCHEE, SWEARIN'

WAXAHATCHEE

Katie Crutchfield is a natural at writing confessional pop songs. Since picking up the guitar as a teenager she has spent the better part of her young adult life travelling the country to play basement shows for feminist punks with bands like P.S. Eliot, Bad Banana and The Ackleys, all of which she sang for. Crutchfield and her twin sister Allison started these bands in high school, inspired by touring bands that would pass through Alabama, as well as a local community-run show space called Cave 9 where they both volunteered. The sisters were best known as P.S. Eliot, a band that developed a cultish underground following until disbanding in 2011. Deciding to go it alone, Crutchfield became Waxahatchee and released her debut album American Weekend in 2012 and its lo-fi acoustic guitar-pop songs made for one of the year's best unsung records.

Swearin’ operates and shines like a well-oiled, pragmatic machine. Their complimentary personalities, solid work-ethic, and similar backgrounds in DIY punk, have helped them thrive. Formed in 2011 in Brooklyn, Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride had been making demos for nearly a year before eventually adding longtime friend and Philadelphia resident Jeff Bolt on drums - releasing their demo EP What a Dump shortly thereafter.

The demo received instant praise from Brooklyn’s indie punk scene and beyond. It combined the sounds of Gilbride and Crutchfield’s prior bands (Big Soda and P.S. Eliot, respectively) while stretching into new territories of fuzzed guitars and compounded song structures.

In 2012, Swearin’ released their debut self-titled LP, on which their dynamic and sound fully starts to emerge and flourish. Here, each member brings their own patterns and rolodex of influences to the table, creating a uniquely inviting and complex album. Crutchfield’s vocals are smooth and her lyrics are sharp and personal. Gilbride produces a wall of layered guitars, saccharine hooks, and his own specific ear in the recording process. Jeff Bolt remains powerful and heavy while committing totally to servicing the songs.

The album received much critical acclaim and the band went on to do several successful US tours. Now they've reunited and ARE RELEASING A NEW ALBUM ON MERGE RECORDS!!

Joyride

"Poppy punky goodness. it oozes honest confession out of every orifice while kicking out jams harder than Green Day with 5 minutes left. a lot of these songs would fit into the pop-punk style of rock but doesn't have the silliness than can come that tag. the songs aren't too serious but they're not goofy. it's mature sounding while still sounding fresh and cathartic. the songs are fast, bouncy, and will make you feel happy/touchy/sensitive/vulnerable/confident/strong." --KYEO SPEAKS

Crabapple

crabapple is a pop band from the Bay, equal parts coffee, feelings and summer adventures. the band started to record a song for a benefit comp about cats and shares members of joyride!, sourpatch, no babies, and dear marje.

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