Having played their first show in early 2014 to a packed house, Swan Sovereign is emerging from their bunker again to play their short, brutal, but somehow totally sing-a-longable songs. Lara Michell (guitar), Stephanie Schneiderman (drums), and McKinley (bass) sound dangerous when they sing, "Talking doesn't mean you're weak, it means we don't have to hurt you" but the harmonies are so lovely that you won't run...just back away a little.
Swan Sovereign is a Portland, Oregon trio with punchy, defiant pop songs and harmonies so buttery that you'll forget to be offended by the bossy lyrics. A tight, spare unit, the play compact songs that burst from dead quiet into tantrums and back down.
Before taking over the rhythm section and forming the power trio that became Swan Sovereign, the three were in Dirty Martini. The music of Dirty Martini was gloomy, introspective and rain-soaked, like April in Portland. Swan Sovereign is more like a dance party on a sunny day in Antarctica - bright and blinding, with snowballs flying and a bit of blood on the ice from playing too rough.
Swan Sovereign's songs about interrogation, family secrets, and organized rebellion cut clean and deep. Then they rub salt in with mean 60s girl group harmonies. It leaves a pretty pink scar.
Swan Sovereign's first three songs will be released on 6/12 with download stickers available at the show. Portland Tribune's Rob Cullivan says of one of the songs: 'In a just world, Swan Sovereign's "You Are Not My Man" would be an instant hit - its poppy, rocky, folky melody filled out with great harmonies supporting a biting chorus that puts a man in his place...'"