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Introducing: Suicide Swans

posted July 3, 2016, 6:19 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Artist Development, Bio, Introducing | comment Leave a Comment


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Checking out Brisbane and Toowoomba located quintet Suicide Swans’ music, the listener takes a swirly nostalgic trip to the 60’s and 70’s folk of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, with a hint of today’s country rock. Coming together in 2012, the group’s first EP and full-length gets introspective, while making observations about society like the great folk storytellers did before them. Music was an early presence in their childhoods but as vocalist and guitarist Kyle Jenkins explains he didn’t start playing guitar seriously until 17 years old. After picking up the guitar one day, he became obsessed with writing his own material. Recalling the first song he’d ever written as most musicians would, Kyle jokingly states: “The first song I ever wrote was about growing up on a farm. Pretty insular, juvenile stuff. Probably had a thick dose of earnestness about it. I actually looked at the lyrics the other day… Cringe worthy at best but I’m sure at the time I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever done.”

Although not particularly influenced by the local Brisbane music scene, other amazing bands The Stress of Leisure, Mexico City, Elba Lane and Old New York get honorable mentions for also making their marks in Queensland. Music fans might visit local record shops like Sonic Sherpa and Jet Black Cat where one might pick up records that reflect a garage-psych/folk-pop/lo-fi sound popular now in the city. But not interested in paying attention to trends that fade away, the Suicide Swans will proudly find a place of comfort in the country/folk/rock genres intersection no matter what.

Delving further into Suicide Swans’ songs, it’s no surprise when asked to name inspiring artists that made them want to pursue careers in music, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Horton, The Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons, Byrds, Germs and The Grateful Dead made the list. If trapped on a deserted island and forced to listen to five albums for the rest of his life, Kyle selects Bob Dylan ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, Neil Young ‘Tonight’s the Night’, The Grateful Dead’s ‘American Beautiful’, Wilco’s ‘Summerteeth’ and a wildcard purchase. In fact, if Kyle could go back and throw a hypothetical music fest at 16 years old, he’d add Wipers, Germs, Pavement, The Band, Sparklehorse, The Replacements, REM, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Anthrax, Slayer and Beat Happening to the lineup, potentially drawing a diverse audience of contrasting music fans.

With two albums ‘Augusta’ and ‘Brutus’ in the pipeline planned for release later this year and into 2017, Suicide Swans will be working on even more material, utilizing their creative process which involves Kyle bringing ideas to the band who then collaboratively “cut, paste and collage fragments together which yield some of the most enjoyable moments. Things can happen spontaneously that are amazing and that you could never really sit down and design/write consciously.” Considering all this music coming soon, Suicide Swans will ensure they won’t be ghosts we won’t forget.

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