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Released: 25.08.20







Punk bands often fall into two camps: those that sing about going to the pub and doing normal stuff, and those that use the platform to fix the world’s ailments. A. Swayze & The Ghosts fall into the latter category with their debut release. The Australian outfit eloquently take on religion, social media and other issues as the guitar riffs over punchy beats. Musically, they wouldn’t have been out of place on John Peel’s show back in the day.

Plenty of bands have succeeded on a mix of energy, attitude and three chords, and there is no reason why Andrew Swayze’s group cannot follow in their wake. They wanted to sound like four guys recording a live band in a room without any polish, and it works in keeping it real.


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