Swaai Boys, Totally Mild

Swaai Boys

Totally Mild

Radiant Reveries

Thu, March 9, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Swaai Boys
Swaai Boys
New York based Swaai Boys make music inspired by their obsession with exploration and adventure. Taking cues from Ernest Shackleton and Brian Wilson, Percy Fawcett and Martin Denny, the bands’ sonic endeavors tell gripping tales, laden with cinematic imagery and sun kissed guitars.

Having recently collected field recordings across Morocco and South African game reserves, Swaai Boys are now hard at work on a new collection of songs influenced by deserts and the coast.

“Musically it's indie-pop fanned with evergreen palm fronds, the McCartney-lite melody swinging lazy between the trees like a hammock in the breeze. It's a recline-and-let-the-world-float-by kind of tune. We bet these dudes are fans of those Choose Your Own Adventure books. I mean, who isn't?” – Noisey

"While some bands merely imitate the sounds of faraway lands — island locales, shoreside destinations, pastoral countrysides — New York-based outfit Swaai Boys actually travel to and record their natural noises. Sun-baked yet breezy arrangements bending to incorporate genres from home (jangly indie rock/pop) with more local offerings (think Tinariwen, the nomadic blues rock collective of the Sahara Desert). Swaai Boys dub their material “bazaar rock”, which is a nifty description that suits them just fine." -- Consequence of Sound

“NYC band Swaai Boys may call the concrete jungle home, but their spirits are in dunes far, far away. They've encapsulated this restlessness in their light rock, tropical-tinged music” -- Cool Hunting

“We’re swearing on our Havaianas you’re going to go hammock shopping halfway through the first jam. Get out your tiny umbrellas, it’s time to party... -- NYLON

“New York's Swaai Boys make oh-so-sweet surf pop that mixes the obvious (Beach Boys) with the subtle (Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac, twinkly Afropop guitars) through a lo-fi shimmer, making you yearn for a margarita on the beach. Take a listen to their single "Watumbatu/Under the Moonlight" on Soundcloud for evidence. -- Time Out NY
Totally Mild
Totally Mild
Totally Mild are a four-piece based in Melbourne, Australia. Fronted by Elizabeth Mitchell, a woman with an exciting tendency to sing in a falsetto not many can match, the band perform absolutely perfect, skewed, disjointed pop music that sounds as though it was handed down from the heavens. Zachary Schneider (Full Ugly, The Great Outdoors) follows close behind on lead guitar, his lines interlocking with Mitchell’s to form a structural frame. This is matched by Lehmann Smith (Kes Band) and Ashley Bundang’s rhythm section, an enigma in itself. The playing is sparse, accentuation perfect.

Since developing out of Mitchell’s solo project of the same name, Totally Mild have put Australia into a spin. They finished 2015 with a performance at the revered Meredith Music Festival, as well as being singled out throughout the year to support the likes of Real Estate, Best Coast and The Chills, to name a few.

Totally Mild’s debut record also received nominations for the Australian Music Prize, the Age Victoria Music Awards and the Carlton Dry AIR Awards. They have toured extensively throughout Europe, performing at the prestigious Incubate Festival amongst others.

Of anything within the BSR catalog, this is one record we’ve been excited about since first listen. Close your eyes and listen to those harmonies! Oh bliss! Oh ecstasy! Oh joy!
Radiant Reveries
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249