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Swell, 2005, featuring Good, You Are, and All My Heroes...


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Look for Baxter's latest single, "It Happens All the Time," available on a new compilation, "I Ate Something Radioactive" ( being distributed at this year's Vans Warped Tour!

Buy Baxter's debut independent release, SWELL, at or by contacting the band.

Formed in November of 2003, Baxter is an assembly of three musicians from Southern California brought together by a deep love for making music. In their short time together, this trio has well established their musical arsenal, built from each of their unique backgrounds.
Born in San Diego and raised in Ohio, Matt Baxter developed his guitar, vocal, and songwriting abilities over fifteen years of playing in bands and worshiping the music of his parents’ generation. “I pretty much cut my teeth playing [guitar] along with my dad’s Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan records,“ reveals Matt, “and my mom raised me on a steady diet of Stevie Wonder and various singer/songwriters of the Seventies.”
And you can tell. Although hidden within the band’s melodic, So-Cal indie rock, you’ll hear those influences come slipping through, masterfully adapted into a modern rock that whispers the songs stylings of Weezer and the vocal stylings of Sublime’s Bradley Nowell.
But Matt is not alone. The band’s musical foundation is layed down solidly by James Haley, on drums, and Shane Gibbons, on bass. Hailing from Huntington Beach, CA, James Haley, honed his rock solid drum stylings alongside his appreciation for bands like Nirvana, Incubus and 311. James’ fluent ability on drums allows him to lay down strong beats with a precision and a technicality that doesn’t sacrifice heart and offers a great rhythmic compliment to Matt’s guitar style.
On the bass, another Orange County native, Shane Gibbons drives the song with his gutsy, no-nonsense bass lines. Mostly influenced by the metal of bands like Black Sabbath and early Metallica, Shane also draws musical inspiration from musicians like Stevie Wonder and Motown’s Funk Brothers. An inspiration that helps push and pull Baxter’s music into something fresh and unique.
Individually, these three would not have sat anywhere near each other in the high school cafeteria. Together, however, they create one hell of a sound combining rock music with a pop sensibility and an authentic sincerity that satisfies the tastes of a wide range of listening audiences.