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On August 29th, the Fayetteville, AR quintet SW/MM/NG will release their long-awaited full length debut Feel Not Bad on Old Flame Records.
Consequence of Sound premiered the album's lead single single "Some Dreams Come True" and said SW/MM/NG "craft bright guitar pop with pessimistic wit." The track is also available to stream and embed via Soundcloud.
“It’s inspired by 1930’s vocal jazz songs that dealt with love and longing and the timeless quality of the two, but considered within the scope of indie rock,” frontman Brian Kupillas said of the track. “The themes, which by today’s standards are considered simple, are backed by equally simple, traditional chord progressions. The song is a throwback to a time in which sentimentalism and romanticism were much more fluent in the culture.”
SW/MM/NG is Brian Kupillas (vocal, guitar), Jared Hennessy (guitar), Joel Paul (bass), Jack Lloyd (keyboards), and JD Paul (drums). The group, who have been favorably compared to a broad array of textured tunesmiths like The Cure, The Smiths, Real Estate, and Caveman, have garnered critical attention from NPR, NME, The New York Times, The Wild Honey Pie, and Wondering Sound.
Following the digital release of three two-song singles and more than three years on the road, SW/MM/NG are set to release their trim but expansive eight-song full length. The album title, inspired by M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, encapsulates the record's distinctive mix of sincerity and barbed wit. “What struck me about the phrase is that it was almost like a pessimist’s way of saying ‘feel good,’” Kupillas says with a good-natured laugh.
The shimmering “We Do It All The Time” is a snapshot of an ice storm that hit the band’s hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas one winter day. Instead of the paralyzing the town, the storm inspired the town to threw house parties and embrace the break in convention to enjoy the city and share in good times with neighbors. The soaring “Younger” epitomizes SW/MM/NG’s acerbic wit by being an “anti cult of youth summer song hidden within a cult of youth summer song.”
For SW/MM/NG, the true meaning of the music is the live connection. That’s something Kupillas is most proud of, and recalling the band’s second appearance at the Treefort Music Festival, he says: “The most recent time we played, it was like playing to a hometown crowd only these people were strangers. Hearing them sing along was so gratifying, it just affirmed everything we had done up to that point."
US Tour Dates:
8/17: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/Stone Chat, SUR, Con Trails
8/19: Lexington, KY @ Al’s Sidecar w/Satellite Giant & TBA
8/20: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/WV White & Sega Genocide
8/21: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Black Brick
8/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Muchmore’s w/The Teen Age, Bob & Martha, Vagabon
8/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Radio Bushwick w/Napoleon & Four Visions
8/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/TBA
8/26: Washington D.C @ Paper Haus w/Humble Fire & Real Clothes
8/27: Parkersburg, WV @ Project Active Media w/TBA
8/30: Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz w/Isaac Alexander & Sea Nanners
You can pre-order Feel Not Bad via Old Flame Records. The vinyl release is limited to 500 copies worldwide.