Swings Share Expansive New Single “Sea”

October 1, 2015
Aimee Lin

Aimee Lin


Washington, DC’s Swings Premiere “Sea” via NME

Sophomore Album “Sugarwater” Due Out November 13th on Exploding In Sound Records / Como Tapes

US Tour Dates Announced Including CMJ

Washington, DC’s Swings are sharing “Sea,” the second single from the band’s much anticipated sophomore album Sugarwater. Due out on November 13th via Exploding In Sound Records (with cassettes on Como Tapes), Sugarwater is the young experimental pop band’s second record this year, following the January release of their full length debut Detergent Hymns (released on Quiet Year Records). The prolific trio decided to take some time off from college to focus on their music and a busy touring schedule, and it’s evident they aren’t wasting any time. Pushing the boundaries of their sound in new directions, Swings’ blend of jazz, indie rock, experimental emo, hauntingly twisted pop, delicate synth layering, and the punk of their hometown is something unique and altogether refreshing. There’s a fluidity to Swings’ music that washes over everything, forever reinventing itself like the crashing tide.

In addition to the vinyl release on Exploding In Sound Records, Como Tapes are excited to be issuing Sugarwater on limited edition cassettes with beautifully surreal 3-panel j-card inserts featuring lyrics for the entire album. To coincide with the release of Sugarwater, Como Tapes will also be reissuing Detergent Hymns on glossy blue-grey tapes newly dubbed from the original lossless masters.

NME premiered “Sea” and spoke about the record, saying, “Sugarwater‘ sees the trio make good on their previous tell-tale signs of a band itching to spiral out into other, stranger musical plains – jazz and Slint-era post-rock influences pile into each other, stopping for plaintive piano and autotune howls” before adding “It’s a swift follow-up that proves, in addition to being prolific, Swings are a band of Radiohead-level creative restlessness.”

Swings will spend much of the Fall and Winter out on tour in support of Sugarwater, including a stop at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon as well as dates with Mal Devisa, The Cradle (members of Big Neck Police), Sidebitch, and more. Check out the dates below.


Swings is a trio of old friends who sound like an indie rock band coated in teeth-rotting pop hooks timed to asymmetrical, loose jazz rhythm. Hailing from Washington, DC, the band knowingly avoids the stifling nostalgia that permeates less memorable acts. Jamie Finucane (guitar, vocals) and Dan Howard (percussion) have been creative partners since meeting via middle school baseball, and their band solidified a few years later when Zach Lewton joined on bass. Despite recently entering their twenties, Swings display a feverish prolificacy, endlessly shedding stayed sonic shells before they become safe and stale.

Their debut album Detergent Hymns took the groundwork of build-and-release rock music and let it dissociate. Phantom melodies seep into the mixture as frequency filters blur the rhythmic work. Scattered musical fragments gradually reassemble themselves and pulsate with satisfying bliss.

Not even a year later, the band is poised to release their sophomore effort, Sugarwater, on Exploding in Sound Records. The bulk of the record was self-recorded in late January at a family member’s country home, with a few more songs added in May. This album finds the band exploring syrupy auto-tuned vocal arrangements, earworm chord progressions and a dance-like hypnotism. Swings still showcase a knack for deforming their own songs, butSugarwater’s metamorphosis is more of an organic flow from entropy to rebirth. It’s a snapshot of band that refuses to be burdened by theirs or anyone else’s pasts, confident enough to endlessly reconfigure, and always fresh and rewarding as a result.

Swings US Tour Dates:

10/07 – Washington, DC @ Above The Bayou w/ Woozy, Fern Mayo & Two Inch Astronaut
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Petting Zoo
10/09 – Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University w/ Mal Devisa
10/10 – Storrs, CT @ Fam’s Labyrinth (UConn) w/ Mal Devisa, Furnsss & more
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Mom’s Haus w/ BLK BX, Mal Devisa, & HJOL
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Silent Barn w/ Fern Mayo, Vagabon & Mal Devisa
10/13 – Annadale-on-Hudson @ The Coop (Bard College) w/ Mal Devisa
10/14 – Western MA w/ Mal Devisa
10/15 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Skidmore College w/ Mal Devisa & The Cradle
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades (Exploding In Sound CMJ Showcase)
10/17 – Burlington, VT @ Billings Library w/ The Cradle & Mal Devisa
10/18 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien w/ The Cradle
10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha w/ Sidebitch
10/20 – Detroit, MI @ Elijah’s w/ Sidebitch
10/21 – Ann Arbor, MI w/ Sidebitch
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Flood House w/ Sidebitch
10/23 – Oxford, OH @ Ian’s Backyard w/ Sidebitch, Floral Print & more
10/24 – Athens, OH @ The Pink Mistress w/ Sidebitch, Sedna’s Not Alone & Slackluster
10/25 – Akron, OH @ It’s A Kling Thing w/ Sidebitch
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/31 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College
11/01 – Milwaukee, WI
11/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Macalester College
11/03 – Fargo, ND
11/04 – Bozeman, MT @ Railyard Ale House
11/05 – Missoula, MT @ Hockey House
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ Hollow Earth Radio
11/07 – Portland, OR @ 212 House
11/08 – Olympia, WA
11/10 – Eugene, OR
11/11 – Sacramento, CA
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Honey Hive w/ Plush
11/13 – Claremont, CA
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA
11/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
11/17 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas w/ Palm
11/18 – Lafayette, LA
11/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Sisters of Christ
11/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Desert Island Supply Co.
11/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Mammal
11/22 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wolf’s Den
11/23 – Sarasota, FL @ New College
11/27 – Gainesville, FL
11/28 – Savannah, GA
11/29 – Raleigh, NC
11/30 – Williamsburg, VA @ College of William and Mary

Sugarwater Track List:

1. Dirty Blue
2. Tiles [share/embed]
3. Sea [share/embed]
4. Dust
5. Sugarwater
6. Mouthwash
7. Blood on Seersucker
8. Fever
9. New Year

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