Shwa Losben

Shwa Losben

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternativePop

Shwa plays catchy, melodic rock

Biography

Shwa Losben writes catchy, yet sophisticated rock songs. As the name of his band "The Good Times" suggests, Losben brings a light perspective to his playful brand of indie pop.

"I'm always thinking of ways for people to have fun at my shows," Losben said. "If you're not having a good time at a rock show, why have one?" This attitude spawned ideas including fan votes for cover songs and a free taco giveaway to anyone who came to five concerts.

The approach has also earned Shwa an immensely loyal fan base and quickly established him as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Now others are starting to notice.

In 2008 he released his debut solo album Chop Chop to wide critical acclaim. Rebel Spirit Music described the record as having "truly outstanding melodies crafted to perfection," while DCist proclaimed "the search for the next worthwhile troubadour is over." The title track earned Losben the prestigious ASCAP Robert Allen Songwriting Award, for which he was honored at Lincoln Center, and he soon channeled the album's success into opening spots for Ben Folds and OK Go.

Despite his easy-going attitude, Losben's fans take his music very seriously. More than 100 listeners sponsored his new album, Good Times Good Times , by bidding on prizes like "watch an episode of Full House together." With the support of his fans, Losben raised enough money to independently release the record.

"The band was playing new songs for over a year and I really wanted to share them with everyone," Losben said. "I'm so fortunate to have a fan base that believed in the music too."

Now armed with Good Times Good Times , Losben is poised to break out. Drawing on influences from Pulp to Pearl Jam, the record contains ten hook-laden songs and marks a major musical leap for the band. While capturing the energy of inspired live performances, the album seamlessly weaves together stories about good times and bad decisions. From the opening track "Trainwreck," about a friend who went to Mexico with a guy she met on Craigslist, to "Brooklyn Girls," a catchy critique of mean hipsters, Losben paints vivid images of his characters.

The album even ventures into dance pop with the fan-favorite, "Penultimate Dance." "Oh, it's an obvious attempt to sell out for sure," Losben joked. "My dream is for it to be the second-to-last song played at weddings and bar mitzvahs."

By combining addictive melodies with a distinctive, fun-loving sensibility, it's easy to see why USA Today praised, "[Shwa Losben] deserves to be heard by more people." Now armed with Good Times, Good Times, it's only a matter of time until he is.

Lyrics

Here and Now

Written By: Shwa Losben

Something's wrong, you've gone cold
But there's fire in your look
and that look has grown old
hidden well, not at all
there's an absence in presence
and hollow-toned calls
well it's on again, off again,
inside my head
if it's gonna be borrowed
I'll take nothing instead
Whatcha think? What went wrong?
You sat on your worries and angers too long
But now it shows

here and now, nothing else,
nothing more, nothing less
here and now, before you go
was I all that you wanted,
or all that you've known

Something's wrong, something's changed
you always seemed helpless,
the role's rearranged
go ahead, and begin
to wrestle your demons,
you know you won't win
but all I can hope to do,
to keep me from losing you
is become as cold and hope we see it through
so I wait, well aware
I'm reaching for stars that I know are not there
But now it shows

Myriah

Written By: Shwa Losben

It was summer of 05
I had 20 years alive
Myriah moved in the apartment
One eye brown and one eye green
We would cook and she would clean
And drink a little wine for excitement
Every now and then
I’d play some music for her when
She was going out with other men
She’d say she liked the melody
“Would you write a song for me?”
I didn’t tell her that I had a ten

And as the days dragged on
And the nights grew long
I told myself the time was wrong
In my little world
Running round with other girls
Cause the right words would never come

When the summer sun was strong
In the heat with nothing on
Myriah would lie before me
I’d pretend to read a book
While taking in my looks
But Myriah would still ignore me
In the evenings we would talk
On occasion we would walk
Through the ‘Morgan up Columbia road
She’d look me in the eye
Put her hand upon my thigh
And laugh at every joke I told

And as the days dragged on
And the nights grew long
I told myself the timing’s wrong
In my little world
Running round with other girls
Cause the right words would never come

The stars rearranged
As the weather changed
While I was busy playing stupid games
What a foolish thing to fear
But I couldn’t bear to hear
Her say she didn’t feel the same

When the autumn came around
Myriah up and left the town
She was ready to go back home
Her father came along
Grabbed her clothes and she was gone
And it was back to my nights alone
Now she’s up in ‘rado springs
Getting a master’s in something
She called me up the other day
And I’m still sitting in the den
Writing songs and thinking when
I let her get away

Chop Chop

Written By: Shwa Losben

Chop chop run along
We all work while we sing a song
We work to keep our bodies strong we do
Chop chop hurry on
We all work cause not working’s wrong
We work until the daylight’s gone we do

And even when it’s bloody hell
We work until the dinner bell
We work until our bones are black and blue
We mix the sweet in with the sour
Accumulate our working hours
Punch our cards and take a shower too

Chop chop run along
We all work while we sing a song
We work to keep our bodies strong we do
Chop chop hurry on
We all work cause not working’s wrong
We work until the daylight’s gone we do

And even when it’s bloody hell
We keep opinions to ourselves
We keep our feelings on the shelf we do
We go and kiss our lady friends
And drown ourselves in medicines
And wake again to start the work we do

Chop chop raise a cup
And another if one’s not enough
to forget the childish stuff that we all do

Discography

Just a Thought (2004)-Shwa
Click Track E.P. (2006)--Shwa
Chop Chop (2008)--Shwa Losben (solo record)
Good Times, Good Times (2010)--Shwa Losben (solo record)

Set List

60-90 minutes of original music with some scattered covers