It’s been five years since we heard a peep out of Allison Crutchfield’s Swearin’, but that’s not a bad thing. While we’re fans, sometimes it’s best not to push art, but let it occur organically. On their latest release, Fall into the Sun, the group adds gritty guitar and a fevered pace alongside strong lyrics and plenty of guitar based hooks. If it means we always have to wait on material from Crutchfield, then this is the proof that it’ll always be worth the wait.
Opening with the earnest sounds of “Big Change,” the almost solo approach to the track keeps it favored in your ears, so when the band kicks in the energy just hits that much harder. Crutchfield is a bit looser here, but it works and the music sounds less stressed and more refined in a weird way. The follow up track “Dogpile” features Kyle Gilbride on vocals, and offers more depth to the band’s overall sound. Though, it’s the third track, “Grow Into a Ghost” that offers up the strongest suit that this group offers up, and that’s pure unadulterated indie rock fuzz. The garbled bass and Crutchfield’s vocals meet the snappy drums and fuzzy guitar in the best way possible, reminding you of the energy that was all over the early works of Superchunk.
The magic of straight indie rock works so well on songs like “Untitled (LA),” the fuzzy slow burn of “Treading,” and the melodic notes of “Oil and Water.” Swearin’ seems to fire on all cylinders when they just go for rockin’, full throttled and ready to turn the amps up to 11.
You can stream Fall into the Sun on all streaming platforms, or purchase it in digital store fronts, or directly from Merge Records. Swearin’ is on tour this Fall starting October 9 at Black Cat in Washington, D.C. running all the way until December 19 at The High Watt in Nashville. A full list of their tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Alexander Rotondo.