Daily Dose: Swearin’, “Grow into a Ghost”

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Daily Dose: Swearin’, “Grow into a Ghost”

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Great things often arrive in pairs. In the case of twins Allison and Katie Crutchfield, the greatness overflows in the form of music. Although the Alabama-born sisters have often worked together (namely in their now-dispersed punk band P.S. Eliot), each is currently venturing her own separate, Merge Records-backed hustle—for Katie, it’s her solo project Waxahatchee; for Allison, it’s Philadelphia punk band Swearin’. Waxahatchee shared a delicate new melody last week, and today Swearin’ have announced their first new album in five years, Fall into the Sun. The record’s first track, “Grow into a Ghost,” is a focused, punk lean-in, and you can give it a listen below.

Fall into the Sun is out Oct. 5, but until that crisp, fall day arrives, we have the stellar “Grow into a Ghost” to keep us cool. The track balances scrappy, speedy punk music with some very arty guitar work and equally compelling lyrics. Allison Crutchfield’s vocals fluctuate throughout à la Corin Tucker, but “Grow into a Ghost” is no Sleater-Kinney knockoff. Swearin’ achieve a singular sound, though that sound may have evolved since 2013’s Surfing Strange. Crutchfield hails Fall into the Sun as “the adult Swearin’ album.” Drummer Jeff Bolt said in a statement, “Getting older, your tastes change, and what you want to do changes.”

In 2015, Swearin’ split up, giving Allison time to release two solo LPs: Lean In To It and last year’s Tourist in This Town. Last fall, Swearin’ reunited as openers at a string of Superchunk shows, and in April they signed with indie label Merge. Beginning in August, they’ll be on tour. You can find those dates down below.

Again, you can listen to “Grow into a Ghost” below. If you like what you hear, you can preorder Fall into the Sun from your neighborhood record store here, or digitally here.

Swearin’ Tour Dates:

01 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Whistle Stop*
02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Highland Park Ebell Club*
03 – San Jose, Calif. @ The Ritz*
05 – Seattle, Wash. @ Chop Suey*
06 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Fox Cabaret*
07 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir*
09 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Stop*
10 – Fresno, Calif. @ Strummer’s*
11 – Pioneertown, Calif. @ Pappy and Harriet’s*
17 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom#
18 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom#

05 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar^
06 – Richmond, Va. @ Strange Matter^
07 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Hopscotch Music Fest

09 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat%
10 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ First Unitarian Church+
11 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott+
12 – Portsmouth, N.H. @ The Press Room+
13 – Montreal, Québec @ La Vitrola+
14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Not Dead Yet
16 – Detroit, Mish. @ El Club+
17 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups+
18 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall+
19 – Pittsburgh, Penn. @ Cattivo+
20 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg+

(* – w/ Mike Krol)
(# – w/ Jawbreaker)
(^ – w/ Ought)
(% – w/ Sheer Mag)
(+ – w/ Empath)