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Brutal Bliss

Brutal Bliss

  • By The Red Swill
  • Release 13/01/2009
  • Music Genre Folk
  • Media Format CD
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Let no one say The Red Swill lacks roots. From the first few strains of their self-titled record you feel transported to a mountain lift rising slowly above a small Rocky Mountain town. But are you really in the Rockies? Typical country references to San Antone, intonations that recall Appalachian bluegrass and beautifully flowing creek melodies give a disorienting feeling. "Confusion doesn't surprise me," says lead singer and primary songwriter, Jared Wright. "My influences come from all over." Wright has traveled the country, not as a troubadour, but as a Kerouacian character. He is a man with nothing to prove and very little to say. Jared usually takes his beers in quiet contemplation. He squats on the midget bar stools and searches the room for signs of life. Lead singer is the last image you would have of him upon first encounter. You'd never fancy him a front-man of one of Macon's up and coming original acts. Despite these seeming limitations Wright peacocks his way into the spotlight with profound and intriguing lyrics. "Darlin' you can watch me burn so bright / If you just light my fuse." This line from the fifth track of The Red Swill's first record describes his frustration with life and it's social limitations. The record is rife with pent up emotion. Whether it be joy or sadness or anger or love, the record's up-beat yet restrained nature leaves the listener never quite filled up but definitely not let down. The band's The beat is held up and syncopated by the rhythm machine, Bassist John Parris and drummer Michael Minshew. Travis Shugart's lead guitar is strung out and dreamy and Jared's vocals top the heap with existential and longing verses. They come together to encapsulate Wright's heart-on-his-sleeve-traveler's loss and paranoia of the future. The songs are Jared's but the vibe belongs to the band. Wright originally played with Minshew as he slowly birthed his musical talents playing random gigs in Macon's less reputable bars. Jared remembered those sessions when he returned from his cross-country trek and called on Minshew to join his new project. He also took a chance on a young jazz bassist attending Mercer University named John Parris. Parris had played awhile in other cover acts around Macon but never found a band that suited him. He jammed only once with Wright and he was in the band. The line-up was solidified with guitarist Shugart. "Macon was the home to the Allmans, Otis Redding and Little Richard, it's a musical mine." Wright's picture of diamonds in the rough is totally accurate in a city with more than 20 murders in 2007 and a crime rate to rival it's sister Atlanta. But it is also a rival in terms of musical talent, and The Red Swill is flying proof. They've dominated the middle Georgia area but certainly won't stop there. They are a sea of musical contradictions but the sum of these confusions is cohesion of epic proportions, or if not epic, at least southern proportions. They are a new band, they are an original band, and they deserve a real listen. (Alex Mason, East Buddha)

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Artist: The Red Swill
Title: Brutal Bliss
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 13/01/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 884501087827
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