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Swearin'

Swearin'

Swearin', Canadian Rifle, Carbonleak 

When: Thu., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $8
Let’s get this out of the way—Philly alt-rock outfit Swearin’ is cofronted by Allison Crutchfield, twin sister of Katie, who leads the better-known band Waxahatchee. The sisters began making music together as high school students in Birmingham, Alabama, in the mid-aughts, forming poppy punk outfit the Ackleys, then started the beloved P.S. Eliot, touring the underground fourth-wave emo circuit and moving to Brooklyn (where they also had a lo-fi project called Bad Banana). After P.S. Eliot broke up a couple years ago, the Crutchfield sisters went their separate ways; in Waxahatchee, Katie plays disarmingly intimate folk, and Allison shares the mike with boyfriend Kyle Gilbride in Swearin’. It’s tempting to assume that twins with a long history of shared bands would continue making similar music apart, but no such thing has happened. On its new sophomore album, Surfing Strange (Salinas), Swearin’ plays fun, scruffy garage pop that combines melodic fuzz guitar, rugged bass that drags and thumps, and plaintive fourth-wave emo vocals—snarling half-screams, nearly mumbled talk-singing, and sweet coos. Their invigorating anthems, especially “Dust in the Gold Sack,” sound like heavy-rotation cuts from a 90s college radio station, but the performances that particularly charm me are the low-key ones—the easygoing parts of “Glare of the Sun” and “Curdled” invite you to stretch out and bask in their honeyed melodies. —Leor Galil Canadian Rifle and Carbonleak open.

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