Richard Swift passed away in July the music world lost a rare and influential talent. A singer/songwriter, multi instrumentalist and producer with such distinct style and sound all his own, Swift was much beloved by a broad community of artists with whom he had collaborated.
What started off as a small idea and a way we could personally (and actively) bring awareness to the disease that is alcoholism / drug addiction in our communities – that which took Swift’s life – has now grown into a larger concept, a commitment, bound together by many of Swift’s closest friends and collaborators, with a goal to share in these efforts. We made up a name for the whole thing from a phrase Swift coined. It’s called THE FUG YEP SOUNDATION; a 7″ record series, with each release featuring 2 songs from close friends & collaborators of Swift.”
The first release of the series will feature the Los Angeles-based band Lucius. The 7″ arrives today, December 7th, via Mom+Pop Music and features the previously shares “Christmas Time Is Here” on Side A and “Keep Me Hanging On” on side B. Both songs were recorded at Richard’s studio National Freedom in April 2017
Sarah Versprille of Pure Bathing Culture adds “Each cover features Swift’s original artwork. He was a prolific and persistent visual artist. He made work all the time and his studio was just as much a place for creating visual art as it was for making music. Shealynn (Richard’s wife) has helped us curate a collection of his pieces for each cover of this series that provide a window into this side of his genius, humor and creativity.”
Jess Wolfe of Lucius says “We were on tour in Europe when we lost Richard. We didn’t get to say goodbye face to face. We didn’t get to go to the memorial service. I didn’t get a chance to hear his voice. I only talked to him while he slept, hoping somehow, in his dreams, he was hearing us. We sang to him. We sang to him and it was the worst and best gift we’d ever received. Somehow, pouring out something for someone who has done so much for your musical life, is the only way to cope. This loss really messed us up, as I know it did all of us in the musical community, and we felt the need, the urgency, to make sure to do something about that.
All artist profits from the newly launched Fug Yep Soundation, an organization created by Lucius to give financial aid to the Swift family and benefit MusiCares – the charitable wing of the Recording Academy – who helped Swift with many of his medical bills throughout his struggle with addiction, as well as Music Support UK who do similar work for musicians in Britain.
Following Fug Yep Soundation No. 1 release, two shows will be held to celebrate the music of Richard Swift. Both shows on-sale now. Lucius will be performing at the L.A. show.
Dec. 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Dec. 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
About Fug Yep:
The Fug Yep Soundation is a 7″ record series created in loving memory of friend and musical hero, Richard Swift. Its goal, through releasing music, is to raise awareness for addiction and bring community to those suffering. Artists involved in Fug Yep include Dan Auerbach, David Bazan, Jessie Baylin, Fruit Bats, Gardens and Villa, Damien Jurado, Lucius, James Mercer, Pure Bathing Culture, Jonathan Rado, Nathaniel Rateliff, Shannon and the Clams and more to come.
MusiCares – http://musicares.org
Music Support – http://www.musicsupport.org/
About Richard Swift:
Richard Swift was the embodiment of a musician’s musician. He hit the road as a member of The Shins, The Black Keys and The Arcs. His hand can be heard in recordings by dozens of artists, not just The Shins and Dan Auerbach, but also Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, the Pretenders, Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Valerie June, Damien Jurado, Foxygen, David Bazan, Tennis, The Generationals, Guster and others. His impressive solo discography, including the posthumous release The Hex, are available via Secretly Canadian Records, the label he first signed to in the early 2000s.