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06.12.12 > John Lee Joins Swoon Lineup |
We're psyched to have John Lee, formerly with Michael Shelley and grunge country band Mercy Buckets, on board on bass guitar. Stay tuned for gigs in and around NYC/Brooklyn as well as some more far-flung locations.

05.31.11 > "All Due Respect: Swoon" Review by Ted Maider in Consequence of Sound | Check it out!: "'Swim Around With You' contains instrumentation that feels like the whole world is made out of candy and a voice that conjures up a feeling of youth and strawberry shortcake... There are more straightforward tracks, as well, like 'The Chapter', with melodic vocals, airy guitars, and a very soothing overtone. Things also get serious with tracks like 'Hero'... The band slows it down with pieces like 'Scatter All the Ashes' but can quickly pick it back up again with a swinger like 'Safe at Any Speed'. Overall, though, Swoon keeps everything melodic and not too over-the-top. It’s safe to say they keep it just right."

04.13.11 > Backwards & Forwards CD Release Party 8pm @ Crash Mansion | This is the gig you've all been waiting for...the release party for our new album, Backwards & Forwards! Come celebrate with us, show your support, then whistle and hum your way home with a cd and a t-shirt!

03.09.11 > Indie-Music Top 25 New & Notable Nomination | We've been nominated for an Indie-Music.com Top 25 Award! Our song, The Chapter, is one of their current top songs, which is being promoted on their site, featured on their "New & Notable" Radio Station, and entered for the annual "Top 25" Awards presented in early January of each year. Check it out and rate us!

03.06.11 > Radio Crystal Blue/Novus Ordo Podcast | Many thanks to Dan Herman for featuring Backwards & Forwards on his Novus Ordo podcast with track #4, Hero, and for his kind words: "[Swoon is] a band that's my kind of band, a simple four-piece band, that does some deep cerebral kind of rock songs led by a woman named Minnie Cho. They have good catchy melodies, very strong lyrics. The band has serious credits and a rather serious...accessible sound. What a great sound they have."

02.28.11 > KUST Campus Radio | Backwards & Forwards is getting some heavy rotation on college stations across the country and charting on KUST Radio's CMJ list at #19. We're keeping some good company...even outranking Arcade Fire, this year's Grammy Award winner for Album of the Year! We love you, Tommy Ellis, KUST music director!

02.02.11 > Tinderbox Radio Promotion | Backwards & Forwards is being promoted to 300 college radio stations across the U.S. and Canada with an add date of February 8th. Call your local college radio station and request your favorite Swoon song for airplay!

01.18.11 > Ryan D. Lee Joins Swoon Lineup | Please help us welcome Ryan (Ryno) D. Lee who is joining our ranks on lead guitar. We're psyched to have his versatile talents on board to help us rock out the new album!

01.14.11 > Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne Covers Backwards & Forwards | We're just swooning over Chris Collingwood's cover of our title track. We love it so much we keep forgetting it's our song. Listen for yourself and read his blog here. A big thanks to Chris, as well as Rick of Group DeVille and Jody Porter, also of FoW and his band The Black Swans, for contributing to the recording.

01.03.11 > Our songs have been selected for rotation on ruKus radio's Sonicbids Sundays program. Visit them online to tune in and stream.

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12.21.10 > Backwards & Forwards | Pre-release cds and mp3s are now available online at cdbaby, bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon!

10.22.10 > We're pleased to announce the upcoming release of our sophomore album, Backwards & Forwards, which was produced, engineered and mixed by Godfrey Diamond at Perfect Mixes with additional recording at Headgear Recording, both in Brooklyn, and mastered at Engine Room Audio in New York.

10.10.10 > A pre-release copy of Backwards & Forwards has been selected for review by Wildy's World, a blog by Wildy Haskell "dedicated to getting the word out about great music." We'll let you know when the posting is up.

08.12.10 > Final Mixes! The consensus from hallowed ears is that the new album continues in the moody melodic vein that's been our hallmark, this time with more developed sensibilities. Of note: "I'm enjoying this record quite a bit... I keep getting reminded of House of Love songs... Except instead of a baritone English bloke, you" and "Seems every song leaves you singing it back to yourself afterwards." Thanks for all the groovy feedback!

05.06.10 > The ever talented Catherine Bent lays down alternately lush and edgy cello arrangements on Masquerade and Don't Lie Down.

04.22.10 > Guest guitarist, Eric Barlow, transforms Don't Lie Down with some positively infectious tracks.

11.02.09 > The long haul starts at Perfect Mixes, Godfrey's studio.

10.19.09 > Spent the entire weekend at Headgear recording basic tracks and some amped up guitar solos on the fly. Many thanks to Kyle Boyd who assisted.

08.09.09 > In preproduction mode...sessions are intense.

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03.27.09 > Review by Neil Diamond, Mr. Neil's Blog, Swoon & Mike Borgia Downstairs @ The National Underground:

"While we'd actually come to see both The Nightrats and The Monte Vista (Mr. Neil is in command of a very small troop division), our early arrival introduced us to Swoon. Sometimes you don't know what you're going to get with early arrivals, but this was a pleasant surprise. Swoon have a nice brooding pop sound that seemed to suit the National Underground space very well. Especially since the space has its own nice, dark, brooding quality going on. Singer Minnie Cho’s understated voice is, like the melodies, pleasing and delicate, but with an intriguing edge. And it provided a nice counterbalance to the grungy guitars. Swoon's crowd was small, but enjoying the show, which is always a good sign. For me their vibe was tinged with an '80s and '90s edge. Grunge meets Tiffany. It was as if someone had morphed aspects of Nirvana to parts of The Bangles, and that band was now cheerfully wandering along the road of teen-angst with a pop-melodic beat (and we should throw a piece of Brit-pop in for good measure). Swoon held the attention of their crowd and they are definitely a band to check out."

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01.24.09 > One of our songs has been plucked to air on Radio Crystal Blue! Tune in tomorrow night at 7pm at LIVE365 or via archive or stream.

12.17.08 > Our show this week at The Delancey is being featured in the Palestra Music Network NYC Gig Guide video posting!

03.09.08 > Departures has been selected for airplay on Radio Crystal Blue's debut cd program, Novus Ordo, hosted by Dan Herman! Indie freeform internet radio since October 2000, Radio Crystal Blue's mission is to spotlight unsigned, up-and-coming and indie artists.

01.26.08 > Woohoo, release party at The Delancey for our debut cd, Departures! Many thanks to our friends America's Sweetheart, Tryst and Jupiter Deluxe for helping us rock out the entire evening.

1.12.08 > Shadow Of A Doubt has been selected by mvyradio.com and posted for airplay on Local MusiCafe!

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12.04.07 > Chris Collingwood, Fountains Of Wayne, reviews a pre-release of our debut album:

"On first hearing 'Departures,' out of habit I combed my brain for a reference point. Some came to mind: Aimee Mann, Beth Orton, Cat Power, 'I'll Be Your Mirror.' Most artists hate direct comparisons, of course, for obvious reasons. And while probing familiar themes of loneliness and love lost, Swoon's decidedly poppy approach is altogether their own. Layered harmonies, chiming guitars and a driving rhythm section are a lush backdrop for Cho's fragile delivery, at once pained and poised. A perfect soundtrack for a sad, stormy day or a long ride home."

Our debut album, Departures, released in 2008.

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