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Swear Beam

james ridling

Melkbelly, Swear Beam, Relevant Hairstyles, Basement Family 

When: Fri., July 22, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $7
Former Chicagoans Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko kick up a ton of bittersweet noise as the Funs, though there’s plenty more to go around. A couple years ago Crane and Lesicko, who now live in downstate New Douglas, formed a four-piece called Swear Beam. That outfit calls Saint Louis home because the other half of the band lives in Missouri—bassist Sam Pounders also kicks around in postpunk group Rip Rap, while drummer John Birkner plays in nasty punk outfit Lumpy & the Dumpers. Swear Beam’s vast alt-rock pulls from its members’ musical lineages: the composed frigidity of Rip Rap, the mercurial tension of Lumpy & the Dumpers, and the colossal, swooning rock of the Funs, whose bubblegum-pop hooks sound like they’re melting from the energy of guitar reverb. Tonight Swear Beam celebrates the release of its self-titled debut, which comes out on irreplaceable Chicago DIY label Maximum Pelt. Only seven songs long, Swear Beam feels even shorter once the melodic nirvana of “Forever” fades away.
— Leor Galil



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