Swear and Shake
Doors at 7 show at 8PM
For me, Swear and Shake is like a piece of well made chocolate raspberry cake. A flavor that is obviously sweet and lovely at first bite but whose complexity reveals itself the longer it stays in your mouth. Hey, but no need to take my word for it. Stream a few songs with the widget below and I think you’ll hear just what I’m talking about.
From the bands own page
Although their first EP, “Extended Play,” is still hot off the presses, critics and fans have been quick to applaud New York City-based quartet Swear and Shake for their old-school, smoky, soulful vocals, taught harmonies, poignant lyrics and fun folk-pop.
Newsday praised the band, comparing them to indie darlings Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver. Brooklyn Belles described front lady Kari Spieler’s pipes as, “strong but sweet…a young June Carter Cash,” countered only by drummer Tom Elefante’s explosive percussion.
David Malachowski of the Daily Freeman made clear that Swear and Shake is more than fun sounds and pretty faces. “A haunting postcard from a faraway, warmer place, ‘Bones,’an ode to love and loss is a highlight, Spieler’s moving, heartfelt delivery takes this to a higher place,” writes Malachowski. “Daring and direct, Swear and Shake points a finger at you, and you can’t help but respond. Well done.” Other reviewers were affected similarly by the EP’s final track, saying that with “harmonies guaranteed to give goosebumps, Swear and Shake do an expert job at bringing the mini record to a dramatic conclusion.”
Reviewer Mike Andronico probably captures the feel of Swear and Shake’s promise as a new band best, writing, “While still in their early 20s, McHeffey and Spieler exude the confidence and quirk of veteran songwriters. The music is warm and accessible, while the lyrics will stay with listeners long after the disc stops spinning. And while the front man and woman could each entertain on their own, Savage and Elefante provide a rhythmic spine that keeps each song standing tall. For a five-track EP of this quality, perhaps its one flaw is its brevity. Let’s hope Swear and Shake extends their play to a full-length next time around.”