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Doomy psych rock from Teesside, Swears’ debut single Lame Wizzard has the sort of crunching dirty riff that descends into a catatonic and darkly fantastic powerplay this writer suddenly realised he’d been missing all along. The relatively sparse verse builds into a mighty chorus reminiscent of US pioneers Monster Magnet, and there’s even time for a drum solo. This infectious blend of heavy psych and melodic metal should see them move quickly through the region’s rock scene this year.

Singer Joel told me about the track: “It tells the story of an individual living in isolation, alienated and ostracised from society, slipping into a state of psychosis. Their delusions of grandeur and need for acknowledgement gradually lead to a false belief in supernatural abilities, and a desire to commit acts of violence and atrocity (and/or to move objects with their mind) as they become the Lame Wizzard.” Not for the faint of heart. 


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