Don’t sweat it if you haven’t heard about Swearin’ yet. Not many have. But the Philadelphia band’s blowing up the web’s musical corners with their second album, Surfing Strange, a scuzzy whirlwind of face-smacking guitar that occasionally drowns listeners in feedback. Swearin’ swims on songs like “Loretta’s Flowers” and “Watered Down” where lead singer Allison Crutchfield’s vocals float above the dissonance; it’s often when the guitars get heavier and guitarist Kevin Gilbride’s nasally wail takes over that Swearin’ sinks (“Mermaid”).
It’s only their second album, but if they perfect their formula, we’re sure to hear more from Swearin’ in the future.
Standout Songs: “Dust In the Gold Sack,” “Watered Down, “Loretta’s Flowers”
Songs to Skip: “Mermaid,” “Melanoma”