It's been a highly eventful year for The Swaps - sessions for local and national BBC radio, triumphant festival appearances over the summer, and that weird bit where James and Beth supported Erasure on tour. But now it's time to calm down and return to the bread and butter of being a top pop sensation: playing gigs at venues that could be spelt as two words or one. So it is that on Thursday (21 September, 8.30 pm) we will doing our thing at the PunchBowl in Warwick, and then doing it all again on Saturday (23 September, 8.30 pm) at the TownHouse in Leamington. The thing is, you could actually be there to see “it” happen. For free.
The Swaps are doing a couple of pairs of local gigs this autumn. First pair is this month - Thurs 21 Sept at the Punchbowl in Warwick, then Sat 23 Sept at the TownHouse in Leamington. This wam-bam scheduling is either a fiendish marketing ruse or a result of chaotic planning. Only you can decide which.
The Swaps would like to emphasize that they wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed by the remarkably discerning folk at "Rhythm & Booze":
"Back to the Meadow Stage for Upton regulars, The Swaps, last year the Leamington Spa based blues, folk, soul five-piece dazzled in a tight courtyard, so to see the band promoted to one of the main stages was more than a little pleasing to see and the band grabbed the chance with both hands, producing one of the performances of the weekend. As ever the rhythm section locked down the bottom end with plenty of style and substance, whilst James strummed and struck his guitar with desire; but it’s the effortless blend of genres, the wondrous harmonica of Tomo and the effortless lead vocals of Beth that really help this band stand apart from their contemporaries. From the disco blues of Crow with it’s contagious groove to the acoustic led newbie Pocketful Of Holes and onto Beth's inspired take of I Put A Spell On You and the band’s own slow waltz, Fish had numerous dancers take to the floor to showcase their best moves, whilst the rest of us soaked up the intoxicating sounds emanating from the stage."
Fuill Upton review HERE
After the excitement of the Upton Blues Festival, The Swaps are hunkering down to prepare for some recording sometime in the near future. But we've booked in a couple of dates for the autumn which you can peruse right HERE. Thanks to everyone who came and saw us at Upton. We'll be putting up some photos soon...
As if there hasn't already been enough excitement, now this. A video for "Jump". It's homemade you know.
In these turbulent times, it's only right that The Swaps have been brought in to make everything better. Hear them all this week on the Georgey Show, broadcast to all of the BBC's regional stations between 7-10 every evening. We're band of the week, you see. https://www.facebook.com/BBCGeorgeyTonight
Because The Swaps are playing in Harrogate next Friday and Leeds next Saturday (9 and 10 June). See Live for details. Most people in Yorkshire will be coming to both gigs, but it's perfectly fine to just come to one.
Beth and James are moonlighting as "Isgar" along with synth maestro Howard this Bank Holiday weekend. They're supporting Erasure in Glasgow, Manchester and London. True story. Then on the weekend of 9/10 June they rejoin The Swaps for gigs in Harrogate and Leeds. Then Kineton Festival. Then Upton. Do keep up.
"Yeah but guys," everyone seems to be saying, "what's going on with The Swaps". Well, we're practicing hard(ish) for our tour of Yorkshire and summer festivals. But also James is practicing for his solo gig at Wildes on May 12. He'll be singing Swaps songs and stuff the other Swaps won't let him play. There may or may not be special guests involved. Shanade will also be playing with at least some of her band. Oh yeah, and then Beth and James (and Howard) are touring Glasgow, Manchester and London at end of May, but that's a whole other story.
For extraordinary insight into the creative process and some entirely competent renditions of four of our poppermost hits, have a listen to the session and interview we did for BBC C&W: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04vjk31. In the unlikely event that you don't want to listen to the whole two-hour show, you can skip to 00:15:20 for the real juice