I have a major soft spot in my heart for alternative 80s rock and what you might call "college rock" from the 90s. It's what I grew up on, and I wouldn't be writing about contemporary independent music if it weren't for those bands. And so when I was sent a band that I can only describe as what happens when you cross-pollinate the rumbling guitar lines of the Pixies with the elegant vocal melodies of 80s R.E.M. and then threw in some of the pop hooks of the Gin Blossoms, of course I was going to say yes to coverage here. And with L.A. alt-rockers Swerve
, that's precisely what we have.
We're premiering the band's propulsive alt-rock number "Aw Hell," and from the minute the opening guitar lick arrives, it shows Swerve as a band rooted in the best of the history of college rock without being beholden to the acts that came before them. I hear hints of They Might Be Giants and The Verve, but Swerve still sounds like a band making music in 2015, and I'm more than ready to hear what else these young rockers have on the docket.