Swerve “Escape”

Swerve has released a video for their new single, “Escape” the lead-single off the band’s debut album due out in 2021. The video was directed by Maddie Liner. The Los Angeles band led by Gregory Mahdesian (vocals and guitar) and Ryan Berti (guitar and vocals), featuring Brandon Duncan (bass and vocals) and Mark Gardner (drums). Their music is inspired by psychedelia, British Invasion guitar pop and modern indie.

About the song the band says:

“Escape”, our first single off our debut album, is both a ripping and dreamy song about leaving all the chaos and frustrations of life behind and heading off on an adventure with someone you love. While recording, we jokingly dubbed it “Anarchy In The Fields Forever” because we used “Anarchy In The UK” by the Sex Pistols and “Strawberry Fields Forever” by the Beatles as our primary sonic references for the guitars and found the contrasts in those tones to really go well together. The video was directed by our friend Maddie Liner using both original and found footage, and the main character takes inspiration from the band and the song to escape Los Angeles with her own cowboy on a vintage motorcycle.

In 2019 and 2020 they paired up with producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Army Navy) instantly bonding over a shared love of bands like Teenage Fanclub, The Clash and the Replacements. Together they crafted their debut full length album, pushing their sound and challenging themselves. Creating this record while soldiering through personal developments, constant political engagement and, of course, quarantine, they are now hitting new levels of excitement with songs ranging from fierce to ethereal, all inspired by navigating through life as the world seems to be crumbling.

Swerve’s first two self-produced EPs experienced success on college and specialty radio, landing in the top 10 of both the SubModern singles and albums charts and notably entering rotation on the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer’s show Rodney on the Roq. They performed to sell-out crowds at the Troubadour and toured in support of their EP Dumb Romeo.


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