A Swift Farewell is a 4-piece alternative/pop-punk band hailing from Sydney, Australia. The band consists of Dwayne Morris (Drums), Emma Mather (Vocals), Sarah Bonnet (Bass) and Ryo Sprott (Guitar & Vocals). They take influence from Tonight Alive, Stand Atlantic, With Confidence and many more.
Since their formation in 2019, they have played many shows across Sydney and made a name for themselves in the scene. It earned them the opening slot to the Hands Like Houses regional tour in Narrabeen. On stage, they combine high energy performances with catchy melodies and big riffs.
Their tracks got played on national radios and web radios, such as Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, The Faction.‘What You Wanted,’ charted number 73# on The Faction: Hardest 100 (2019) and ‘Breathless Breathing’ aired on Channel 9GO in the show ‘Amplified’.
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ABOUT THE TRACK
On the surface, “The Fire” is a bouncy pop-punk anthem that combines catchy guitar riffs and punchy drums with pop-sounding melodies. However, the lyrics carry an emotional story that contrasts with the “happiness” of the track. The song is about dealing with destructive habits or addictions and letting yourself down because of the inability to get rid of them. The theme of fire is used as a metaphor: destructive habits consume you like fire consumes a candle. The track was recorded at Keyword Audio with Mark Williamson (Far Away Stables, Inertia, Closure).
The band says, “We wanted to make “The Fire” unique by emphasising the contrast between happy music and sad lyrics as much as possible. If you think about it, the two best things about music are 1) it can be enjoyable and you can dance, sing (or mosh) along to it, 2) it can be really cathartic and relatable, helping you go through rough times. With this song, we tried to combine the two.”
The music video is also built around this contradiction. The colourful background, the funny performances and the cheesy VFX flames were inspired by iconic late 90’s/early 2000’s bands such as Blink 182, Smash Mouth or even Aqua! What contrasts with all this poppy happiness are the shots of candles slowly burning down, reminding us what the song is about. The band went to Newcastle to film the video with Amy McIntosh (Father Deer Hands/Some Heard Trouble/The Beautiful Monument).
The past months have allowed the band to focus on their songwriting, their aesthetic and artistic vision and the message they wanted to put out in the world. “The Fire” is only the beginning of what they have planned for the rest of 2020.
“Combining catchy melodies and a big punchy sound, these guys are a band you’ll no doubt see a lot more of from here on out.” - Born Yesterday Music
“All in all, this release is a strong start for A Swift Farewell. It’s an easy listen and a perfect example of how a new band can collaborate with an experienced producer to make listeners know they aren’t here to muck around.’ - Hysteria Magazine
“A Swift Farewell have been breaking their way into the Sydney scene with brute force, providing a sound that's been in such a high demand while also providing energetic and captivating live performances.[...] A Swift Farewell have generated their own hype and following in the Sydney punk scene.” - The Very Best Collective
“Punchy guitar riffs supported by that oh so comforting pop punk percussion and bass lines. There is a grit to the guitar that fans of the genre will appreciate.” - DVOWR Magazine