Undiscovered Band Of The Month: Swim Party
By Staff on October 6, 2008
FILTER is happy to present Swim Party as the October addition to the Discovering the Undiscovered family. Swim Party’s angular rhythms and spacey guitars punctuate music that plays between catch and release. Their debut full-length, Pixie Dust on the Blood Range, goes well with Modest Mouse and Broken Social Scene, not to mention sunny days or rainy nights. They formed in 2005, when British Columbia native Eric Tremblay and New Jersey native Petro Halkowycz moved to San Diego. They quickly met San Diegan Alex Devereaux and later were lucky enough to be graced on their first release by Texan Nadia Shihab. The full-length has already received local praise as well as as nomination for “Best Alternative Album” in the San Diego Music Awards. To listen to their sounds, check out their MySpace HERE.
Who are your main influences?
Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, Constantines
How did you meet?
Well, it’s a rather long and interesting story, rife with intrigue, espionage and a diabolical cat named Scooter. But really all you need to know is that it was awkward, beautiful and ended well.
What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
Probably releasing our first album and the ensuing release show for it. The show was at an amazing bar called the Whistle Stop, which also happened to be the site of our first show. It culminated in having friends from local bands, Writer and the Modlins on stage with us to perform our album-closer “I’d Rather Be Mountain King.” You know, I really hate it when people describe things as magical, but it was 'effing magical.
Where did the band name originate?
We all wrote down a bunch of potential band names and put them in a hat. We picked a handful out and sorted them, arguing their merits. Eventually Swim Party emerged the winner. Though Nadia’s suggestion had won, Alex was awarded second place for providing the hat.
Low, Sonic Youth, Do Make Say Think, Pavement
Plans to Tour?
Yes! We will be touring the West Coast in the new year.
Plans for next release?
We just released our debut full-length album, Pixie Dust On The Blood Range, and have also recorded a split 7” with our friends Writer, to be released in February 2009.