Swerve releases new single “Ruin Your Day”
Los Angeles-based band Swerve shared “Ruin Your Day” the title track and the final pre-release single from their debut album due out August 13 (pre-order). The single debuted today on Under The Radar and will be on all streaming services this Friday.
On the song, Swerve’s Gregory Mahdesian says:
“Ruin Your Day” was one of the first songs we recorded for the album and it really set the tone for the rest of the songs both sonically and thematically which is one of the reasons why we named the disc after him. It’s a heavy, political, psychedelic punk love song about staying with your partner while the world is throwing crazy things at you. We wrote it after Proud Boys and other misogynistic thugs wreaked havoc on LA bars. We were upset – this is our town, not theirs, and it became a fantasy to make sure they had a miserable experience, to stand by your side and ruin these guys’ day. I wouldn’t say it’s peaceful, but it’s a love song!I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a song come together so quickly. The louder and faster it got the better it sounded, and we went really crazy in the instrumental breakdown with commentary and weird guitar parts while the bass and drums kept it going. I think it was also my first time screaming on a recording. This is one of the funniest songs to play live and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is a dark but pleasant time.
“Ruin Your Day” follows the band’s single “Maybe I Didn’t Do That”, “Little Rich Kids”, “Escape” and “My Enemy Is Dead”. The singles were well received by the press, catching the ears of American songwriter, PopMatters, Vanyaland, Glide Magazine, Loudwire and more. “Escape” reached # 1 on the KROQ Locals Only Chart and remained in rotation for seven weeks. All songs are available now on all streaming platforms.
Swerve is Gregory Mahdesian (vocals and guitar), a former classical and progressive political organizer, his college friend Ryan Berti (guitar and vocals) and Brandon Duncan (bass and vocals), a sound engineer and protégé of Bob Clearmountain (Bowie , Roxy Music, and Bruce Springsteen). Drummer Mark Gardner, joined in 2018, solidifying the formation.
After self-producing their first two EPs, which were successful on the radio and allowed them to build a devoted following in their hometown of LA, the group decided to hire a producer to help them create a feature film. . Unfortunately, their first attempt didn’t go well: the techniques and sound palettes of an indie-pop producer collided with the intensity of their songs, and they decided to band together and try again. Fortunately, they were put in touch with producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Army Navy, Helium), who had created some of their favorite records from their teenage years, and they instantly bonded with him through a love affair. shared for artists like Teenage Fanclub, The La’s and The Replacements. Adam helped the band lean rather than turn away from their influences, cranking up the volume, and tapping into raw live energy during the follow-up. His collection of nearly 100 vintage guitars helped put them in mind. Writing most of the album between 2018 and 2020, Gregory found himself composing politically-minded love songs. “Ruin Your Day”, “Escape”, “Bush v Gore” (the group claims we are all living in the wreckage of that fateful Supreme Court decision) and “End of the World” each touch on themes to find a sense of camaraderie as everything else is falling apart. Some songs are less upbeat in their minds, discussing fears of never achieving what you expected (“Disassociate”) and failing relationships (“Do You Want To Give In?”, “Maybe I didn’t. does that “), but they are all linked by massive melodies, memorable guitars and infectious rhythm. The band thrive on live energy and always want their music to be fun, even when the themes are heavy.
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