MP3 Red Swan - After the Barn Goes
Twangy heavy stuff that you''d listen to when commiting crimes in nature.
9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Grunge, ROCK: Punk
A few things people have said about us....
...For After the Barn Goes
Village Voice|Licks by Chuck Eddy|March 10-16 2004
You could say Red Swan''s tales of insane people out in the middle of the Midwestern piney woods are to Warrant''s "Uncle Tom''s Cabin" as their mid-''80s Wisconsin sludge-blooze method-acting predecessors Killdozer''s were to the Charlie Daniels Band''s "Legend of Wooley Swamp," but you''d just confuse people so never mind. These Michiganders are the most entertaining new pigfuckers in years anyway, and no wonder the Steve Albini who wrote "Jordan, Minnesota" and "Kerosene" opted to, er, "record" them.
They start with a mysteriously lovely weirdass banjo hoedown, they''re fond of Iron John drum circle parts and the rumbling underwater grind that the Butthole Surfers'' "Dum Dum" took from Black Sabbath''s "Children of the Grave," and they''ve got a real knack for building downturned fuzz riffs into a dragging-corpse-through-dense-forest-wearing-muddy-boots-with-holes-in-soles rhythm that actually moves. Guitar plasma''s all over the top, or spoken staccato resembling some Sonic Youth car-crash oldie. Tribute''s paid twice to a school board member who set off a bomb in a Michigan grammar school in 1927, killing 45 and injuring 58, to protest his farm being foreclosed to pay education taxes. Plus: Bestiality! Hillbilly baby sacrifice on the peacock range! Christmas tree farms burnt down in revenge for stealing of spouses! Theme song about huntin'' snake-eatin'' scarlet waterfowl with a frog-catchin'' sack! Finale: the best ursine rock from Michigan since Ted Nugent''s "Fred Bear."
SCTAS| Kaleb | Issue 8
"Last time I saw him, he was holdin'' his bitch in heat"
There is something to be said for a song entitled ''You son of a bitch, you stole my woman, now I''m gunna burn down your Christmas tree farm''. What that something is shall be decided by the listener.
Have you ever - and you have, so the question is pointless - heard a band that reminded you of another band you liked, but failed to put a finger on that relation? Yes - as I said - you have, and Red Swan had me all in a frantic fit , knowing I was particularly fond of their dirty romp. Let''s see, lyrics about taxes, murder, revenge.. . wait a goddamn second - Steve Albini had a hand in this. Shellac - that''s who Red Swan brings to mind, the "fuck all humans" swank of Shellac, around the late ''1000 Hurts'' album (think "Prayer to God").
Vocalist / guitarist Tom Muth slings off lyrics like he belongs on Touch & Go, maybe 7 or 8 beers down and an entire set to go. The entire album comes of like it was recorded over a weekend that included several quarts of whiskey - and it all sounds like it was a damn good time. The music is noisy & layered - completely complimenting the words this guy is tossing around. ''What Really Happening at Rose Lake'' brings to the front of the mind Primus on a steady diet of Clutch - then the banjo comes lurking on ''The First Ballad of Andy Kehoe'', an instrumental (the ''second ballad'' has vocals) that still has this "sharks in the ocean, swim careful" vibe. "Creepy" may be a good adjective to place here. Coming off as a band that may just be able to serve a few whippins'', be it human or animal (''his feets been bound, he''s got a broken neck / he''s been like that for fourteen days",) ,hearing them may be the best advice I can give you partner. Also, them woods ain''t no place for a stranger after dark - unless you like your asshole tickled.
The Bees Knees | Mike Turner |Web Reviews #20
I always wondered what it might sound like if Nick Cave and Gallon Drunk got drunk together and decided to rock the hell out. Well Red Swan has finally brought that sound to my ears. This Michigan quartet go from moody dark thrash pop to Midwest hardcore with subject matter ranging from burning down a Christmas tree farm, to a guy who has sex with his dog. Red Swan has some sick songs, but it all works with their songs.
...For Michigan Blood Games
Punk Planet | Brian Czarnik | Issue #57
Yet another musically diverse band recorded by the great Steve Albini. They obviously take a lot of time recrafting their songs and picking out topics for their lyrics, and it shows. After a casual listen, you might write them off as a Primus-type band (mostly due to the vocal style and crazy bass lines), but they are so much more than that. Take their topics for songs like the 1927 elementary school bombing in and the legend of the "Godbear." Crazy stuff lined up with interesting arrangements that will keep you guessing as to what beats or melodies you will hear next. Using instruments like banjos and baritones (it''s a wind instrument for you punk dumbasses [The baritone used on this recording is actually a baritone guitar. -RS]), the band keeps the sound coming at you. They plan to tour, so I would for sure be on the look out for the flight of the Red Swan.
KZSU 90.1 | Pat Blue Ribbon | 02-01-2004
Interesting punk/country/metal from Michigan. Each song is quite different -- A1 was my fave -- angular punk beat, spoken lyrics, rocks out. B1 is all instrumental and features banjo along with synth keyboards and big guitars. B2 is more metal -- big guitar riffs and growling lyrics about beasts in his soul that want to get out.
A1: starts with slow guitar, then quick drum beat, spoken lyrics, rocks out! GREAT!
B1: instrumental -- epic beginning, then banjo, guitar comes in later
B2: slow guitar, mumbled lyrics about being the "God Bear" then big metal guitar riffs