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Swagg Sweet Swagg
By RJ

Not enough free press is used up on these guys (or guys like them). There’s talk about all sorts of national and national gonna-bees in other papers but not much on hard hitting local talent. More attention is pushed towards one night only-out of town-unknown original bands (which is cool) but, the crowd at Jefferson Hall can go toe to toe with the Southgate House any given night. Just be real, cover bands are the most sought after and most attended bands in local venues. Hot cover bands that is. Swagg is such a band.
What do you want? One, you want youth. The music needs to appeal to fresh 21 year olds (the older ages will follow). In particular, 21 year old girls (preferably scantily clad ready to do shots and dance together girls). Swagg has em’.
Next, to keep off of the “flash in the pan” failed band list (we have one) you have to learn new music and keep updating the set list according to the current sh!t. Swagg does that too. Plus they put their own spin on it, more energy than necessary and sick sick live performance work. Real-deal live & crazy style.
Take for example; Nine Inch Nails “Closer”. The last song of the night and “Best song to have sex to” (according to the keyboardist). Re-produced wickedly, using live instruments with powerful live vocals and performances by all. Everyone shouted along and it f#@king rocked.
What the hell is wrong with that? Crazed live covers, screaming girls dancing on the stage, huge bar lines, happy-satisfied thoroughly entertained patrons wishing it would go on for another hour (though in reality few could handle it). In the end the venue is left with bags of trash, broken glass, empty coolers, puke spewed bathrooms, stuffed registers, over flowing tip buckets and a stacked door drawer to boot. “Cover bands suck” that. That is what it’s all about. Unless it’s a Jazz club.

Swagg doesn’t play jazz (but I think they could). They play urban grunge rap rock soul pop. They keep you interested. “Hey thanks we’re back”... Boom! Bruno Mars Then Baba O’ Reily or the Black Eyed Peas. They got your attention. They get you dancin’ with a live “Cupid Shuffle”. They keep you dancing with their swagged-out Michael Jackson medley. Then they rock you up with AC/DC, Kings of Leon, Sublime and NIN. They show a little soul with (cranked up to their level) covers from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, The Commodore’s and Stevie Wonder. Then they get you dancin’ again. Then they get you singing along to Prince, Paul Simon & Neil Diamond. Everybody wins. No, they don’t play a new original CD, they don’t play jazz but what they do play, hundreds of people in front of the stage are diggin hard. I think it has a lot to do with how they play it.
That’s where talent comes in. I dig a cool original band (Such as Two headed Dog! Our March cover) But play it where it lies folks, cover bands like Swagg number around a dozen in the area. 10 or 12, out of hundreds. That makes Swagg worth writing about to me. It’s a show damn sure worth checking out too.
Check them out now at swagglive.com and/or myspace.com/swaggband (if you have the means).
Swagg: Dave “Blood christ” Higgason, Mike (Franken-bridges) Bridges, Nate (E finger) Efinger, Eric (Chocolate Zeus) Hayes, and Mike (Hot Nickels) Nicklaus

 

 

 

 

 

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