COLORBEARER OF ATHENS, GEORGIA LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1987
June 7, 2017

Swamp: Funereal Tymes Review

(Independent Release) Swamp’s second full-length arrives just over a year after its first, and is a similarly potent spazz-rock collection. Over the course of Funereal Tymes’ 10 songs, the Athens three-piece does what it does best, sticking to its signature brand of jangly, limb-flailing punk.

There are typically odd exceptions, like the seven-minute centerpiece “King of Kumquats,” with its fake-out emo intro and pseudo-prog apex, and the sprawling circus squall of “Accordion Is the Mark of Death,” but most of the album’s tracks clock in at around three minutes or less—plenty of time for the nervy group to get its point across.

Despite its brashness, Funereal Tymes features moments of whiplash-inducing profundity. Songs like “American Pharaoh” and “Pocket Doctor’s Bible” are capsules of captivating tumult, offering blink-and-you’ll-miss proof of Swamp’s songwriting prowess.

Calendar

  • Monday, June 12

    Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    Swamp, Sexual Jeremy, Mad Ace, DK

    SWAMP Melodic and wiry local indie rock band.

    SEXUAL JEREMY Three-piece post-punk group from Denton, TX.

    MAD ACE Atlanta-based beat-oriented, hip hop-influenced cellist.

    DK Experimental trio with hints of avant-prog and jazz.

comments