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Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Sweat unveils silky tunes “Number One” and “Keep Tight”"

Montreal-based Sweat have just recently debuted the first two tracks known to their moniker, entitled “Number One” and “Keep Tight”.
Comprised of frontman Robben Lent (vocals, guitar), Georgia Gleason (guitar, vocals), Jordan Siemens (bass), and Alan McTavish (drums), Sweat offer a subtle, slacker-induced tweak on the surf rock formula, a sound evident on both offerings.

The two tracks hail off of their forthcoming self-titled EP, due out April 2/16 via Human Sounds Records. “Number One” and “Keep Tight” are both incredibly easy listens that most prominently featuring high-octave guitar work that demonstrates both technical proficiency and tasteful restraint.

Vocally, Gleason’s coos on “Number One” prove to be soft, wistful bursts, while Lent melodically croons on “Keep Tight”. It’s all very complimentary.

Sweat shows promise, despite emerging in one of the most crowded genre spaces in independent rock music right now. - Earmilk

"Montreal's Sweat Announce Debut Album"

After building up a buzz with live shows and a few online singles, reverb-drenched Montreal foursome Sweat are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut. The EP first arrives digitally on April 2, with a physical edition arriving on cassette April 10 through Human Sounds Records.

A press release explains that Sweat are led by Edmonton ex-pat Robben Lent, who started the project with bassist Jordan Siemens after moving to Montreal in 2014. There, they hooked up with guitarist/vocalist Georgia Gleason and drummer Alan McTavish, and quickly started playing basement shows around Montreal.

The seven-song release finds the band flirting with elements of indie, pop rock, soul and more.

Along with the tracklisting details, you'll find streams of "Keep Tight" and the Gleason-sung "Number One" below. Both previews are jangled pieces that could be likened to the similarly reverb-heavy sounds of modern-day tunesmiths like TOPS or Mac DeMarco. - Exclaim!


Arranged & assembled in 2015, our group began by slowly playing out some tunes I (Robben) had written over the past few years. As we progressed, we began to experiment more with co-writing. Georgia, a new songwriter and incredible singer, began to write simple yet strong 3-chord melodies carried by a smooth and bold vocal presence. Jordan sets to platform the band with driving and intuitive bass grooves while Alan maintains a steady drum line, incomprehensibly solid due to its balanced beat.


For the past year it seemed impossible for a band to release an indie rock album without being compared to Mac DeMarco, Beach Fossils or similar bands. From what we could read, it seems to be your case. Do you find it annoying or is it a compliment?

Like any band, I’m sure we’d prefer to be seen in a more unique light, but it’s a reality within the scene to be compared. To say we weren’t influenced by him would be false. Growing up in Edmonton, we (Jordan and Robben) knew Mac and by association definitely took to similar music styles. I guess it’s a bit of both, I know a lot of acts who get the same treatment, it’s to be expected at this point. We typically just try to have a bit of fun with it, see how long we can read a review of ours without seeing a comparison. It’s cool in any sense, we appreciate any sort of coverage and undoubtedly like his tunes. I think the best we ever got was being compared to the Beach Boys, I can get down with that.

Your music sounds like a crossroads of so many influences, from so many eras. During your composing and rehearsing process, is it easy to find compromises among the band members?

Typically finding compromise between how the tunes sound is through a lot of trial-and-error, playing a part 20 times over to really get a solid feel. Like any act, we have good, bad, and great practices. The great ones are hardly more consistent, but that’s all a part of it. I think the most important thing is persistence, if something sounds off, try it differently. Don’t immediately toss a tune because it doesn’t sound right. Some songs fall into place, while others are extremely grueling. It’s all part of the end product, right after you’re done playing a tune and know that you finally got it — it’s a rush! The exciting part is the sound is always developing, even old tunes, nothing is played the same way forever.

Lots of bands rely heavily on self-marketing and social media. You seem to be shyer than others on this topic. Why?

I like to think we’re going for a bit more of a subtle approach as far as marketing goes, that alongside the fact that we don’t know what the hell we’re doing. If we think of something funny to say, that generally hits the page, or during our short tour this past summer we were pretty active. I’ve followed bands that were extremely active and in your face and it got annoying. Our main focus is the music, luckily, the label that put out our self-titled EP Human Sounds Records and its founder Josh Andrews is a fantastic person and does a lot of work for us. Typically I’ll send him a tune of ours and within a few days, we’ll have a write-up, mention, or popular Youtube subscriber uploading our tracks. It’s worked out well and we’re comfortable.

Your self-titled album SWEAT has a stunning production quality. Would you tell us a bit about the recording sessions?

We recorded the whole album instrumentally in one day last January in our friend Garrett Johnson’s studio. It was a day full of pizza and junk food that by the end had us lying about on the studio floor. Garrett is a fantastic producer and musician (The Gary Jerry John-John Band FKA Brazilian Money) and recently released his ninth album. Garrett is another ex-pat from Edmonton so we’ve known each other for a good while. He was great to work with and gave some great advice towards altering our technique and sound. I believe we might be working with him again soon!

Our curious minds couldn’t miss that you made an announcement on your Facebook page lately. Tell us about it?

This may now be a bit late, but we have a new single! “Lil’ Moments” available up&around on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal and all other digital platforms. We recorded it ourselves and are working at releasing a few new tracks that I think we will collectively group together in a small release that I like to call our “lo-fried” demo collection (hehe). We plan to be back in the studio in March 2017! - Slow Culture

"SWEAT - "Keep Tight" (single premiere)"

It's daylight saving time weekend for North America, which means Spring is officially just a little more than a week away. In some parts of the world, though, it doesn’t seem like the reprieve from the snow and cold weather will come any time soon. But to help you get through these “dog days of winter”, a new project from Canada’s north arrives with a little treat to distract you from the what’s happening outside our windows and to bring a little warmth to ears.

Sweat is a brand new outfit that originally was the brainchild of Edmonton singer-songwriter Robben Lent, who along with close friend Jordan Siemens (bass) were engaged in the Alberta capital’s burgeoning indie scene. In 2014, the young men moved to Canada’s indie capital of Montreal to attend school, but like all things there was another higher purpose involved. There they met Georgia Gleason (guitar/vocals) and Alan McTavish (drums) and the lo-fi project of two grew to four. After nearly 16 months of playing in basements and dive bars while perfecting their sound and craft, the foursome are releasing their second single today, which we are extremely pleased to premiere today.

“Keep Tight” is an unexpected surprise. It is laid back and even gentle, echoing of the lo-fi, bedroom indie-pop of California. Yet, there’s a summery, warm vibe that trickles beneath Lent’s soft vocals. It is quietly confident and reassuring, like the realization that Spring is indeed on the horizon.

Musically, his band mates create a breezy, jangle-pop melodic palette that perfectly complements Lent’s optimism. The music reverberates of the ’70s yet with a modern sensibility. It is one part Beach Boys with heavy doses of two fellow Canadians who lived in Edmonton and Montreal – Mac DeMarco and Michael Rault. With this new track, Sweat is on track to match their Canadian cousins.

“Keep Tight” is the lead track from Sweat’s forthcoming, debut album, which will be released in the coming weeks via boutique, Atlanta label Human Sounds Records. - The Revue


Still working on that hot first release.



SWEAT began as the musical project of Robben Lent, originally from Edmonton, Alberta. He and Jordan Siemens moved to Montreal in 2014 and met Georgia Gleason and Alan McTavish through friends. Soon after, they started playing music together in basements and DIY spaces. Their debut EP was released April 2nd by Human Sounds Records, and it sounds like music to make out to, with surf rock and dream pop influences.

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