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Swear and Shake

Swear and Shake

Anthony da Costa, Charlotte Berg

Thu · June 29, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Swear and Shake
Swear and Shake

For a moment the room is silent, hanging on to a heart-wrenching ballad. Then, in just a few chords the crowd is swept back on their feet again, dancing, smiling, and getting lost in the energy emanating from this dynamic band. Kari Spieler’s voice, rich in tone and powerful in delivery, weaves through her and Adam McHeffey’s collaborative songwriting and guitar playing. Shaun Savage’s creative output on the electric bass (and often three-part harmony) makes the partnership of story and sound complete. Collectively these artists, known as Swear and Shake, bring an experience to the stage—a combination of truthful lyrics, passionate performance, and a warming narrative.

–Christina Morelli, The CEO Artist

The Beginning

After circulating a bedroom demo of their first song, "Johnnie," Swear and Shake began their adventures of fiercely writing songs and playing them out anywhere they could. The Brooklyn-based band released their first LP, Maple Ridge, on their own independent label, Pots and Pans. This release quickly garnered the support of independent blogs, YouTube cover artists, and show-goers across the country. In the next few years of touring, Swear and Shake crafted a dynamic full-band show, leading to reviews such as this one from The Blue Indian, in Macon, GA:

“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience hooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.”

–Sean Pritchard, The Blue Indian

The Move to Nashville

After years of touring, the band packed up their Brooklyn apartments and headed for Nashville, Tennesse. When asked about this relocation in an interview for Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Kari Spieler answers "You'd leave for tour and then come back to your part-time job at Anthropologie... Oh, my God—it was horrible. I'd literally be picking pants off the floor and people would recognize me from playing Bowery Ballroom the night before." Spieler sings of this particular experience in "Blouses," one of the first songs written for the new LP.

In the same interview, Adam McHeffey adds: "At the time, we told people we were leaving New York because the cost of living, and since we were touring so much it didn't make sense to keep our NY apartments. In truth, we had a lot to work through, both personally and professionally with our music. The city was an easy scapegoat." The move ended up being a much-needed spiritual uplift for the band, even if it came about in an unexpected way. "We let go of a lot baggage," Adam McHeffey says. "...'The Sound of Letting Go' is one giant exhale, and Nashville let us get it out."

"This album is one giant exhale, and Nashville let us get it out."

– Adam McHeffey

The Sound of Letting Go

Nashville represented change for the band, and enabled them to write their second full-length record, The Sound of Letting Go. During the writing process, the band was heavily influenced by the intricate marriage of band and orchestral arrangements found in baroque pop (think: Beach Boys - Pet Sounds, or The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle) and discovered Richmond-based production house Spacebomb (Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White, Julien Baker) to help realize their musical ambitions.

Funded by the overwhelming support of their fans and friends on PledgeMusic to create a 10 track LP (13 track deluxe, TBA) that speaks to the bands experiences of being on tour, and growing as an independent artist. Swear and Shake has slated this new release for spring 2017.

In Support of...

The powerful presence of Swear and Shake has landed them shows directly supporting a number of notable acts, including The Lumineers, Ingrid Michaelson, American Authors, G. Love and Special Sauce, ZZ Ward, Delta Rae, and many more.
Anthony da Costa
Anthony da Costa
Anthony da Costa is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter living in Austin, TX. Originally hailing from Pleasantville, NY (about 45 minutes north of New York City), Anthony has been writing songs since the age of 10 and playing professionally since 13. In 2007 (at the age of 16), Anthony became the youngest winner ever of both the Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting competitions. He has released 7 albums and 3 EP’s to date, including collaborations with Abbie Gardner of Red Molly, John Elliott, and Raina Rose. His most recent solo album, “Secret Handshake” was released in 2012 and debuted by American Songwriter Magazine. Sing Out! once said that he’s “an outstanding writer of plainspoken Americana.” Cool.

Anthony has opened for the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dan Bern, Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and other awesome folks like that. He plays guitar in a band called Nancy and Beth, featuring actor/singers Megan Mullally (Will and Grace, Children’s Hospital) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication, How To Live With Your Parents for the Rest Of Your Life). That band has played some amazing stages, including Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS (CONAN).

For the last four years, Anthony has been touring around the country while simultaneously earning a history degree at Columbia University, where he graduated last May. Anthony loves playing songs and hanging with people who write great songs and hopes to do that for the rest of his life. That’s pretty much it.
Charlotte Berg
Charlotte Berg
Charlotte Berg has a soothingly beautiful voice and shockingly honest lyrics. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is a Nashville-based indie/pop singer-songwriter. She started gigging in the thriving music culture of Melbourne, Australia over a three year stay there, where she performed in pubs all over the city and quickly gained a following. Constantly moving, she has also lived in Spain and Argentina, and when writing, pulls inspiration from these experiences. Her voice is frequently compared to the voices of Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries and Joni Mitchell. She either accompanies herself on piano and guitar or is backed by her Nashville band.

When not playing shows in Nashville, she tours throughout the U.S., hitting premier listening rooms and clubs. Latest music video... She has been featured on the t.v. show Nashville Entertainment Weekly, written about in The Huffington Post, reviewed by No Depression Magazine and graced many radio stations while on tour. She was enthusiastically welcomed by audiences during her 2016 European tour through the UK and Sweden. She performed at renowned Swedish festival Iris Festivalen, Engelen in Stockholm, The Bedford, Fiddler's Elbow and several other very popular venues. She is currently on a national tour promoting her second full-length album, UNNATURAL.
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203