No Swoon – “Forward”

Photo by: Christopher Malarick

With one foot over the border of a dream state and another firmly supplanted in the real, the sonic and thematic content on No Swoon’s debut, self-titled album reflects a dizzying, timely state of being upon inward and outward reflection. Their latest single, “Further,” works more directly and brilliantly in the real juxtaposed with Tasha Abbott’s metaphorical lyricism and Zack Nestel-Patt’s kaleidoscopic wall of sound.

Abbott explains; “You know when you’re talking to someone about how fucked the world is (in many ways) right now and they say ‘but it’s better than it used to be, we’ve come so far!’ I hate that, ‘we’ve come so far,’ it’s such a cop-out. Sure we’ve made progress, some things are better than before and some things aren’t.

It doesn’t mean that racism, sexism, homophobia, abuse (the list goes on), doesn’t exist today or that climate change isn’t a real threat to the world. And if that all still exists, we still have work to do.

And that’s what this song, ‘Forward’ stems from. That cop-out of an idea that things are better and great. ‘Are the clouds really breaking, or merely moving over?’ Meaning are we really making progress or is whatever problem just shifting, either to someone else or in a different form.”

Check out No Swoon’s “Forward” and pre-order the LP out Nov. 1 on Substitute Scene here.

No Swoon Tour Dates:

11/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (NY album release show)
11/08 – Baltimore, MD @ Joe Squared
11/09 – Winston Salem, NC @ Monstercade
11/10 – Asheville, NC @ Odditorium
11/11 – Nashville, TN @ Springwater Supper Club
11/13 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
11/14 – Kansas City, Mo @ The Rino
11/15 – Lawrence, KS @ Reply Lounge
11/16 – Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
11/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
11/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
12/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (LA album release show)

w/ Nothing, Launder, and Sprain