SWTHRT - On Tour / New Video

SWTHRT (Southport, NC) are heading out for a short tour in support of the band's debut album, Compact Disc. The album can be downloaded for free on SWTHRT's Bandcamp. RCRD LBL calls it a "raw, DIY take on new wave".
The band also shot their first video recently. With an expansive budget of nearly $9, the band put together a humorous video for "No Holiday" which can be viewed here. Additionally, you can sample "I Am In Misery" on RCRD LBL.
Rising from the indie/punk of his full-time band, Museum Mouth, Karl Kuehn creates something a bit different with SWTHRT. What started out as a senior graduation project for keyboardist Becca High, turned into a real band after only a few days of writing/recording between the two friends. With that, the new wave/shoegaze pop of SWTHRT was officially born. Echoing influences like New Order, The Cure and late period Joy Division, SWTHRT carries on the DIY/punk aesthetic of Museum Mouth while pushing the new wave tendencies to the foreground.
Recorded in the mountains of North Carolina, Compact Disc simmers with youthful frustration. There is a real dichotomy with Kuehn's deep vocals resonating over the instantly affecting guitar and keyboard driven hooks of the band. The airy instrumental swells carry you far away while the duo's restless lyrical stylings slowly bring you back down to earth. With both Kuehn and High in transitional phases of their lives, Compact Disc serves as a cathartic project for them both. It also serves as quite the magical beginning for SWTHRT.

AUG 09 - Durham, NC @ Ascetic House
AUG 11 - Akron, OH @ It's a Kling Thing! House
AUG 12 - Columbus, IN @ DiHi Records
AUG 13 - Asheville, NC @ Gratsy House
AUG 14 - Boone, NC @ Espresso News
AUG 15 - Greenville, NC @ The Tipsy Teapot
AUG 16 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox w/ Two Hand Fools, and All Dinosaurs