Monday, May 23, 2011

Rockin' Through Rapture

Lots to update! We’re slackers, we know…

Opening up for Free Energy in Arden last week was a blast and the perfect way to start off one of our most exciting weeks to date. Arden shows are always a favorite and Friday the 13th at Gild Hall was no exception. Free Energy’s fans were far from shy, making for a rowdy night from start to finish!

newSWEDEN - 5/13/2011 - Gild Hall  ©2011 Joe del Tufo

Free Energy - 5/13/2011 - Gild Hall  ©2011 Joe del Tufo

The next day was a rainy one, so extra special thanks to those of you who traveled to Penn’s Landing w/ us for the Art Star Craft Bazaar. Despite the gloomy weather, we had an awesome time rockin’ out, and we thoroughly enjoyed perusing the work of all of the vendors. Monsters and mustaches seemed to be the theme with artists like Fuzzy Ink, Cutesy but not Cutesy, Spaghetti Kiss and Jordan Elise bringing lots of quirky (and sometimes creepy) fun. No seriously, did you see this mustache?!?!

We then spent the week gearing up for WXPN’s Non-Comm. It was an honor to share a bill with such undeniable talent; big thanks to Dan Reed for inviting us to play! Being local and therefore able to enjoy each and every act was a huge perk. Every performance was captivating – The Head and The Heart’s set came out with the most votes from us but Junip, Justin Townes Earle and Raphael Saadiq were all close seconds; I’m not sure if any of us had a single complaint – it was three days of phenomenal music.

newSWEDEN - Non-Comm 2011 - 5/20/2011  ©2011 Joe del Tufo

In other news… We decided to record a live demo a few weeks ago so we had something to share with you while we finish up the album. It’s called Lovers Lane and you'll be able to snag a copy for only 5 bucks at any of our upcoming shows. Your first shot will be Saturday, June 4th at the Baby Grand, where Mean Lady and Black Horse Motel will be opening up the night for us. If by some chance you haven’t heard of either band yet, do yourself a favor and check them out – we can’t wait for this performance! On that note, we’ll leave you with a little something Himmie Jimmie recorded during our Lovers Lane session:

newSWEDEN - No One But You