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Indie-rock heroes Swearin’ regroup for Fall Into the Sun 

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A history of 2010s indie rock wouldn’t be complete without at least one chapter—if not a volume—about twin sisters and musicians Katie and Allison Crutchfield. As half of the Birmingham band P.S. Eliot, which broke up in 2011, they released a handful of recordings, including two full-length albums that helped build a foundation for emo’s fourth wave to eventually find something resembling crossover success. Katie soldiered on with the punk-inflected solo project Waxahatchee, which has become one of the most recognizable names in contemporary indie rock (Waxahatchee recently headlined Thalia Hall and opened for the colossally important reunited pop-punk trio Jawbreaker in Los Angeles). As for Allison, following the split of P.S. Eliot, she teamed up with boyfriend Kyle Gilbride to cofront Swearin’, a charmingly rambunctious indie-rock group equally capable of knocking out rough-hewn rippers and stripped-back, intimate quasi ballads. But the couple broke up in 2015, and Swearin’ followed suit that summer—an amicable decision that Allison told Stereogum came out of a desire to keep their friendship intact. Though she released her debut solo album, Tourist in This Town, through Merge last year, it would appear that Swearin’ was never far from her mind; earlier this month Merge released the band’s comeback album, Fall Into the Sun. The new songs are smoother than ever before, but still contain the rough-around-the-edges energy that powers the band's back catalog. More importantly, Swearin’ still finds joy seesawing between Allison’s compact, knuckle-punch songwriting and Kyle’s ragged, lumbering style.   v

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