The Swimmers

The Swimmers

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The Swimmers play driving indie-rock using electronic sounds, four vocals and a traditional rock lineup. Catchy synth hooks and reckless choruses alternate with carefully layered instrumentation and darker lyrical themes. Think Arcade Fire, MGMT, New Order, The National, Spoon.

Biography

“To start again, we’re the lucky ones” opens “Shelter,” the first track on The Swimmers’ People Are Soft, and with it rings the sound of the band reinventing itself. On November 3, 2009, MAD Dragon Records (ADA) is proud to release the sophomore album from this Philadelphia quartet—a staggering, vulnerable recording that distinguishes itself as a debut in its own right.

Following the success of 2008’s Fighting Trees—The Swimmers’ first release on MAD Dragon, which garnered rave reviews from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Magnet, The Tripwire and Time Out Chicago—Steve and Krista Yutzy-Burkey, Scott French and Rick Sieber decided to make a clean break, setting to build a home studio from the ground up and record a new album entirely themselves. The hard-won result features intensely personal songwriting couched in distorted synthesizer hooks, crushing electric guitars and dark reverb swells. “It was a very focused and isolated time in the studio, and much of the grit was in the mixing process. Scott and I traded off, each further refining and affecting the songs,” says lead singer/songwriter Steve.

From “A Hundred Hearts”—Scott’s insatiably catchy group chorus about the often competing pulls of the human heart—to “Drug Party”—a dream sequence of social disconnection set in the immediacy of overblown distorted guitars and brash snare hits—to “What This World Is Coming To”— a diffuse, tender verse that collapses into quirky keyboard lines, handclaps and epic choruses—a picture begins to form of the fractured and sentimental characters in the intricate melodies. Adding the apocalyptic electro-pop of the Krista-sung “Give Me the Sun, “Nervous Wreck’s” triumphant chorus (“sing without and hold together”), and the nostalgic spoken lyric of “Try To Settle In,” these songs finally converge to flesh out the full meaning of the album’s title in their isolation and comfort, allure and fragility, resignation and transcendence: PEOPLE ARE SOFT.

Lyrics

Heaven

Written By: Steve Yutzy-Burkey

They’ll come out their doors to meet us when we drive down the street in Lancaster because we have all those friends that live out there

At night we’ll go outand I’ll ask for the check but I wont pay because every friendly tender will lean to say,
You’ll need no legal tender here today

Heaven is the town where we grew up with all our friends around

But when I drove in on Queen Street
I couldn’t find the place we used to eat and every telephone said you’re not home and every locked door that you don’t live here anymore

Some went off to college, some packed up the car to see the other coast and all our favorite bands gave up the ghost and scattered with the friends we loved the most

Heaven is the town where we grew up with all our friends around

But when we come back to stay someday they’ll all be back around to come and say, this time I think it’ll be ok, this time I really think it’ll be alright

Heaven is the town where we grew up with all our friends around

St. Cecilia

Written By: Scott French

Another job in the hills
To pay invisible bills
In service to the unknown
Mollers and trackers
Until the bellows are blown

We’ll try to keep it in tune
Another jump on the wire
So many ciphers in june
Another rose on the fire

They use to say this deserves a match and a can of gasoline
But this is our fall we got to do what we can for saint Cecilia

This is a one star hotel
Been through the great and the swell
The choir is so far away and the shades are open
Sometimes its so hard to tell

You lost me
And the music is gone

I’m sorry my love I’ve got to follow the rules of greedy fools
They need it their way no matter if it hurts you and all you do
I’ll do what I can to keep a shred of a soul hallelujah
I’m sorry so, so goodbye once again saint Cecilia

What This World Is Coming To

Written By: Steve Yutzy-Burkey

From the sun
In the sky
When I don't come home for hours
You wish it would come true

Oh, if you knew

It’s alright
Think of all those lucky people that woke up alive

Take care of all the things still living in your dreams
The city loses all its people to the sea
Take care of all the things still living in your dreams
The city loses all its people to the sea

Nervous Wreck

Written By: Steve Yutzy-Burkey

Lights go down and I’m a nervous wreck
Crashing on the cymbals and the hiding in the shadows
All night long the sounds are in my head
Losing sleep to shake the dream

Sing without and hold together
Hold tonight and hope it will be fine
Sing without, escape together
Hold tonight and hope it will be fine

Sun comes up and I’m a nervous wreck
Buzzing from the basement and the humming from the kitchen
Chemicals to settle in the stream
Waiting for their time to come

Sing without and hold together
Hold tonight and hope it will be fine
Sing without, escape together
Hold tonight and hope it will be fine

The others fight and push the middle
The kids get caught but hold together
It shows on faces trembled under
If their time will come

A Hundred Hearts

Written By: Scott French

What a sharp imagination
What a pretty little pill that you’re taking
So hard you were trying
To pull out all the teeth from a lion
But you just got a fatal wound
Somehow you keep living through
It must be something in your blood
That makes you keep on pulling up

You’ve only got one heart but a hundred people want it
If a hundred people owned it they’d be putting prices on it
If you had a hundred hearts you could try to ration out them
But then one by one they’d break them and you’d only be without them

What a dull fascination
What an ugly little world that you’re making
Such a sweet violation
You were slaughtering the sheep and you’re taking
The only thing that you’ll understand
Put it in your broken hands
Hide it in the lions mouth
And chew it up and spit it out

You’ve only got one heart but a hundred people want it
If a hundred people owned it they’d be putting prices on it
If you had a hundred hearts you could try to ration out them
But then one by one they’d break them and you’d only be without them

Discography

The Swimmers 'People Are Soft' [to be released Nov. 2009 on Mad Dragon Records]
1. Shelter
2. Give Me The Sun
3. A Hundred Hearts
4. Drug Party
5. What This World Is Coming To
6. Save Me [From the Brightness]
7. Nervous Wreck
8. To The Bells
9. Anything Together
10. Dresses Don't Fit
11. Try To Settle In

The Swimmers 'Fighting Trees' [released March 2008, Mad Dragon Records]
1. It’s Time They Knew
2. Heaven
3. We Love to Build
4. Miles From Our Fears
5. Home
6. All the New Sounds
7. Pocket Full of Gold
8. St. Cecilia
9. Moving
10. Your Escape
11. Goodbye
12. Fighting Trees
bonus tracks:
1. Rich Girl [Hall & Oates]
2. Tonight the Lights
3. The Ocean Lifts Her Dress
4. Home [demo]
5. Moving [demo]

Set List

1. Its Time They Knew
2. St. Cecilia
3. We Love to Build
4. Home
5. Heaven
6. In The Park [unreleased]
7. All the New Sounds
8. To the Bells [unreleased]
9. Star [David Bowie]
10. Goodbye
11. Rich Girl [Hall & Oates]