Nominated for Indie-Music.com's Top 25 New & Notable Award!
Minnie Cho | lead vocals, guitar
Ryan D. Lee | lead guitar
Kristy Knight | bass, vocals
Gary Ciuzio | drums, vocals
Recognized for their moody melodies, lush vocals and edgy guitars, Swoon's sensibilities ring true on their sophomore album, Backwards & Forwards. Laced with poetic yet disarmingly potent lyrics, their catchy melodies have staying power, or as one fan put it, "Seems every song leaves you singing it back to yourself afterwards."
While songwriter and frontperson Minnie Cho turns provocative phrases that are often at odds with the music, her sweet sultry voice and layered harmonies counterbalance grungy guitars and a driving rhythm section. Neither predictably pretty nor your standard melancholy, Swoon harnesses an underground sound that is distinctly their own.
Backwards & Forwards was released in February 2011 with college radio promotion by Tinderbox Music. A cover of the title track recorded by Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne can be found with an accompanying blog post on Myspace. For more info and the latest news about Swoon, visit swoontheband.com or follow us on Facebook.
"I really dug [Backwards & Forwards] and wished I had written the album's title track myself."
~ Chris Collingwood, Fountains of Wayne
"The songs are so melodic, polished and just plain enjoyable!"
~ Eugene Foley, Foley Entertainment, Music Industry Consultants
"New York quartet Swoon make catchy pop-rock tunes inspired by '90s indie and alternative."
~ WLUR Radio Blogspot
"[Swoon is] a band that's my kind of band, a simple four-piece band that does some deep cerebral kind of rock songs led by a woman named Minnie Cho. They have good catchy melodies, very strong lyrics. The band has serious credits and a rather serious... accessible sound. What a great sound they have."
~ Dan Herman, Radio Crystal Blue, Novus Ordo 3/6/11 Podcast
"Swoon have a nice brooding pop sound...Minnie Cho's understated voice is, like the melodies, pleasing and delicate, but with an intriguing edge....a nice counterbalance to the grungy guitars"
~ Neil Diamond, Mr. Neil's Blog, Swoon at The National Underground
Support Swoon's Kickstarter project to promote Backwards & Forwards.