Swear and Shake push indie folk into NYC’s rock clubs

photo (4)
Swear and Shake played New York’s DROM on Oct. 10.

Folk-leaning tunes are definitely a rarity in a rock-laden local New York music scene. For an indie folk band without label ties to stick around the city playing local haunts, develop a following and begin to catch national breaks is something not to be overlooked.

This year brought their biggest opportunities yet, supporting alt rock/funk act G. Love and Special Sauce on a month-and-a-half-long tour and securing festival slots at New York’s Governors Ball and Mountain Jam in June.

Locally Amped caught Swear and Shake at DROM, a swanky Lower East Side club, three years after vocalists Kari Spieler and Adam McHeffey met in a SUNY Purchase bedroom in the waning months of their college career. Since, they have played countless stages across the country and in New York, including Bowery Ballroom and Knitting Factory.

Their first show since recording sessions over the summer for the follow-up to 2011’s “Maple Ridge” was an intimate affair, complete with lots of bantering and tales of what the band had been up to this past summer. They played a combination of tracks from their debut as well as their upcoming album to a small crowd of devoted followers.

Their sing-songy, melodic cuts call to mind the sort of folk rock that brought The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons commercial success. Weighing in on the resurgence of this style, McHeffey says that he’s “not sure why it’s happening the way it did. But there’s definitely a rediscovery of that style of writing.”

They’re the sort of band that can whip out a banjo without missing a beat. A quick chat revealed that they’re up for trying anything. “We’re all excited to get out on the road again. We’re looking forward to another Dungeons & Dragons campaign. We decided (at the beginning of touring) that we were going to play it on tour, and we’ve played three campaigns,” says Spieler.

There’s a spectrum of local band “tiers,” ranging from bar bands to those on the verge of hitting the national stage. After a headlining performance, a post-show hang with the band and a glance into their devoted fan base, it’s clear that Swear and Shake in the latter category.

Watch a video for their recent single “Brother” below. Swear and Shake play Boston on Friday night at Church. 

This column is part of a Metro Boston and New York music feature called Locally Amped. Follow us on Twitter @LocallyAmped and on Facebook at Locally Amped.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…