The rock trio The Swayback have mysterious sounding vocals
from lead singer/bass guitarist Eric Halborg and eerie reverberating
kinks along the glossy melodic channels delivering a dance rock make-up
relatable to The Killers and the dark brooding hues of Editors.
The Swayback's new CD, Long Gone Lads, has a new wave sonorous
with dashes of Brit-pop accents and synth-textured trimmings made
by the guitar blades of William Murphy with stubs of vibrating
mallets from drummer Martijn Bolster that feel like Joy
Division. The songs' border on the esoteric while splattered in
synth-pop solutions tuned to a melodic broil.
The band's dance rock flourishes have a glossy sheen like in "What
A Pity" and the funky rock grooves enhance the jostling movements
in the chord rotations through "Vampires In The Mirror."
Their song "Just Like The Old Days" has a country-folk base
with an electro-pop veneer that gives the tune a homey feel and a
chic sound. The lyrics express feelings of resignation and surrendering
to the forces that be in verses like "We burn brightly / We tread
lightly / Conjure rock spirits and deliver it nightly / Just like
the old days only better / There ain't no need to rush / The bridges
done burned down / Just like the old days only better / We don't mind
at all / We're way past the last show." There is such a loss
of hope and crestfallen sentiment portrayed in the lyrical content,
but the music is the total opposite, floating above the ground and
acting as a glorious suspending cloud that rests the weary vocals
while setting the melodic sails to move ahead.
Halborg's vocals have an ominous chime ringing through "Concrete
Blocks" like a ghostly apparition, while the funky reggae tones
wafting along "Queen's Dance" slip in shades of brightness
along the song's dark synth-rock chambers. There's a brassy film that
lines the sonic coils and synth-textured décor as echoing drumbeats
are suspended and funnels of floating guitar vibrations run rampant.
The music feels ghostly and intangible, yet it's in tune to the frequency
of daily life relating to the worries, the insecurities, and the uncertainty
that plagues everyday life.
The Swayback's music has a familiarity to '80s new wave and 2000's
synth-rock blends. Produced by Andrew Vastola and The Swayback,
Long Gone Lads has equal proportions of dark and light shades
so lairs of macabre tones are blotted in weightless sensations. The
glassy textures are robed in rolling beats and softly furnaced chord
vibrations, which soar into glorious blazes. The music is mysterious
sounding and tunes into the rhythms of everyday life with natural
inclines moving in that direction.
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