SWANSONG: Happy to Be Here: CD

Jan 25, 2023

It’s been four years since Swansong’s last album so I’m very happy for this to be here now. The band could be classified as alt rock, indie rock, or punk—and all those would fit at different times—but what’s evident is there’s a big ’90s influence here. Nat Gyll-Murray’s vocals snarl and soothe in equal measure, over a monstrously punchy sound which is reminiscent of Nirvana in places. Not content with bringing that band to mind, I hear a lot that reminds me of Magnapop, most notably on “Frida” with its crunchy guitars and melodic drive. Swansong does manage to ensure it sounds fresh and not a rehash of a genre which was influential to many at the end of last century. Happy to Be Here is well-performed and exceptionally well-produced, blasting through my speakers with clarity and power. A job well done by this Cornish outfit. –Rich Cocksedge (Self-released, [email protected], swansongband.bandcamp.com)

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