The j. briozo project

Over the next few months, we’ll be adding posts and tweets and whatnot about the j. briozo project. j. briozo is a side project that Swallows are working on under a different name because of the nature of the material seemed different enough from Swallows to merit some separation. Perhaps not surprisingly, “j.” is Jeff…


Swallows reviewed in Curious North (June 2014)

Beneath the Surface #2: A weekly look at lesser-known and unsigned Minnesota bands Hello everyone and welcome to the second edition of Beneath the Surface! This week features the dark, mature Americana of Swallows and jazz/bluegrass vocalist Sarah Morris. Both are performing at this weekends Stone Arch Bridge Festival that we’re excited to be covering….


Swallows to play the Acoustic Café (Stoutonia Online Article)

November 5, 2013 University of Wisconsin, Stout By Eric Koeppel The Minneapolis-based folk rock band Swallows will be making their Menomonie debut on Friday Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Acoustic Café. Since 2008, Swallows has been writing and performing a unique blend of folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll with an intriguing experimental…


Swallows DIY 360 at the Institute of Production and Recording

Swallows recently took a trip down to the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) in Minneapolis where we got a chance to talk with Kevin Bowe and IPR students about the band, recording, touring, songwriting, etc. This segment includes three live performances. DIY 360 is a recurring event at IPR hosted by Kevin Bowe. The…


Video: Born on a Train – Live @ 7th Street Entry

Swallows performing the Magnetic Fields song “Born on a Train” at First Avenue 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis during our opening set for Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside on May 23, 2012. This Swallows performance featured Jeff Crandall (guitar, vocals), Toni Tinetti (cello, vocals), Aaron Kerr (cello), Justin DeLeon (drums), Tyson Allison (guitar) and…


Video: Prime Numbers – Aaron Kerr and Swallows

A montage video from Swallows 2009 album Dissonant Creatures with cellist/composer Aaron Kerr, which makes this essentially a Swallows’ album under a different name. Aaron, Swallows’ bassist/cellist is a gifted composer who has since renamed his instrumental ensemble Dissonant Creatures. Dissonant Creatures (the band) features several Swallows, including Justin DeLeon (drums), Mike Nordby (mandolin/percussion), Jeff…


Video: Jesus Built My Pedicab – Aaron Kerr and Swallows

A montage video from Swallows 2009 album Dissonant Creatures with cellist/composer Aaron Kerr, which makes this essentially a Swallows’ album under a different name. Aaron, Swallows’ bassist/cellist is a gifted composer who has since renamed his instrumental ensemble Dissonant Creatures. Dissonant Creatures (the band) features several Swallows, including Justin DeLeon (drums), Mike Nordby (mandolin/percussion), Jeff…


Video: Dissonant Creatures – Aaron Kerr and Swallows

An animated video from Swallows 2009 album Dissonant Creatures with cellist/composer Aaron Kerr, which makes this essentially a Swallows’ album under a different name. Aaron, Swallows’ bassist/cellist is a gifted composer who has since renamed his instrumental ensemble Dissonant Creatures. Dissonant Creatures (the band) features several Swallows, including Justin DeLeon (drums), Mike Nordby (mandolin/percussion), Jeff…


Video: Doctor Phibes – Aaron Kerr with Swallows

An animated video from Swallows 2009 album Dissonant Creatures with cellist/composer Aaron Kerr, which makes this essentially a Swallows’ album under a different name. Aaron, Swallows’ bassist/cellist is a gifted composer who has since renamed his instrumental ensemble Dissonant Creatures. Dissonant Creatures (the band) features several Swallows, including Justin DeLeon (drums), Mike Nordby (mandolin/percussion), Jeff…


Photos: Unofficial Promo Photo (2011)

Photo of Swallows in the First Avenue men’s room that a few venues have used for Swallows promotions. Cellist Toni Tinetti probably wasn’t having one of her proudest moments! We weren’t sure where venues kept finding this shot since we didn’t remember posting it.


Photos: First Avenue 7th Street Entry (2011)

Photos from Swallows August 10, 2011 set at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. Other bands on the bill were Jezebel Jones and Her Wicked Ways, Cantankerous Folk and El Le Faunt and His Traveling Circus.


Photos: Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis (2012)

Photos from Swallows’ Americana Mondays set on July 9, 2012 at Cause Spirits and Soundbar in Minneapolis. Other acts performing that night were Kivi and Pray and Pleasure Horse.


Photos: Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul (2012)

Photos from Swallows May 16, 2012 set at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, MN. The other bands on the bill that night were Sarah Morris and Colonization and Steve Sullivan and the Factory.


Photos: Witching & Divining Tour – Louis Bar, Omaha (2012)

Photos from an early evening set at Louis Bar in Omaha, Nebraska, the 4th stop on Swallows’ October 2012 Witching & Divining tour. We got to play a good long set right in the middle of Omaha’s Zombie Walk. We also got some fog on stage and a light show, which was perfect for the…


Photos: Witching & Divining Tour – The Fremont, Des Moines (2012)

Photos from Swallows’ set at The Fremont in Des Moines, Iowa, the third stop on Swallows’ fall 2012 Witching & Divining tour. This was a crazy drunk set – evidenced by Aaron pulling out his wild man hair! The small but appreciative audience bought us shots, we had the whole crowd dancing (even to our…


Photos: Witching & Divining Tour – The Elbo Room, Chicago (2012)

Photos from The Elbo Room in Chicago– the second stop on Swallows’ October 2012 “Witching & Divining” release tour.


Photos: Witching & Divining Tour – Art Bar, Milwaukee (2012)

Photos from the Art Bar in Milwaukee – the first stop on Swallows’ October 2012 “Witching & Divining” release tour.


Photos: First Ave. 7th Street Entry w/ Sallie Ford (2012)

Photos from Swallows opening set for Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry on May 23, 2012. All photos were taken by photographer Brandie Johnson.


Photos: Appearance on KARE 11 – NBC Television (2010)

One of the early shows Swallows played with new members Justin DeLeon (drums) and Mike Nordby (mandolin/percussion) who both joined Swallows in 2010.


Strippers release postcard 2 – band collage (2008)

A collage of most of the players on “Songs for Strippers (and other professions)” plus the core of the new Swallows line-up. Thinland alums Patrick Hennessey (drums) and Jason Fritts (bass), who played on both Thinland’s Tracing the Cracks and Songs for Strippers, are both pictured. Pat and Jason left the band in early 2008…


Strippers release postcard – band collage (2008)

Early Swallows’ promotions with players from the first album (before we had a full live performance line-up in place): Aaron Kerr, Jeff Crandall, Tyson Allison, Frank Spencer and Leigh Gregory.


Photos: Mid West Music Fest (2013)

Photos from Swallows’ set at Ed’s (No Name) Bar in Winona, Minnesota at the 2013 Mid West Music Fest


Photos: Terminal Bar (2008)

Photos from a couple of early Swallows gigs at the Terminal Bar in Minneapolis in 2008.


Photos: White Horse Saloon (2009-10)

Various photos from Swallows shows at the White Horse Saloon in St. Cloud, MN (2009-2010)


Photos: Station 4 (St. Paul, 2010)

Swallows at the June 2010 Get Your Rock On Music Festival at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN.


Photos: 501 Club (2010)

Shots from May 2010 501 Club gig in Minneapolis with Jezebel Jones and Her Wicked Ways and Beller. This was essentially the first Swallows show with a full band line-up.


Posters: CD Release Show @ The Terminal Bar (2008)

Swallows album release postcard for “Songs for Strippers (and other professions) debut album (2008).


Venues Played by Swallows

Swallows have performed at the following venues around the Midwest. Iowa Basementstormers at Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa 10/31/12: Halloween Party The Picador, Iowa City 7/29/09: Aaron Kerr’s Dissonant Creatures, The Sleeper Pins The Fremont, Des Moines (10/12/12) Illinois The Elbo Room, Chicago 10/11/12: Titus Rodes Band, Jacob Jeffries Band 10/9/11: Yellow Jacket, Mama Dempsey, Dr. Dolphin…


Radio Playing Swallows

Over 150 stations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia have played songs from Witching & Divining. The album has charted in the CMJ Top 30 on several stations for multiple weeks (see top charting positions at each station below). Support all of these stations! KTCZ 97.1 FM (Cities 97) Minneapolis, MN KCMP 89.3…


Lyrics: Undone

©2007 Crandall Standing outside It’s late and I’m anxious and tired I’m trying to shake off that feeling I shouldn’t have done what I’ve just done I hope I didn’t give you my number I hope you don’t remember my name I keep walking back through the same old things You’d think I’d know which…


Lyrics: Not Your Kind of Man

©2007 Crandall I’ll bet I’m lookin’ pretty ugly I’ll bet I’m lookin’ pretty sad Why do you act so disappointed? I’ll bet I make you pretty mad I don’t want empty conversations And I don’t wanna meet your dad I want to push myself against you I need to taste you pretty bad Just take…


Lyrics: The Last Happy Shot

©2007 Crandall I’m still thinkin’ that you’re near On the couch or up the stairs Your voice wakes me in the night I hear you come in to tell me, “It’s alright” I sense your laughter in the air The scent of soap left in your hair Your polished wit Your quick-draw mind Shooting back…


Lyrics: Kerouac

©2007 Crandall I’m holding communion with my autograph On the back of a postcard to an old girlfriend I’m so guilty for my lack of identity I don’t want to be the campus president Or a mealy-mouthed hipster from the psychic orient I just want to be a merry man I don’t want to be…


Lyrics: I Won’t Let You Down

©2007 Crandall You can’t remember what cut you to pieces The flash of that knife still holds you down You see yourself as some battle-worn princess But you’re more like quicksand than bullets and shrapnel You draw the line but can’t seem to hold it Homesteader between the lost and loved You want someone Who…


Lyrics: Hardball

©2007 Crandall Got my mind made up I’m not scared Better listen up Get prepared I’m movin’ on Like long, long gone I’ll let the government Take its share But you’re no charity Let’s get that square You’re a real hard ball And your back’s against the wall Too many headaches Too much pain If…


Lyrics: Eventide

©2007 Crandall Let’s put our party hats on And get out tonight We’ll drink to our future ‘Til we’re hopeful and bright And we won’t destroy the moment Worrying about money and life We’re gonna make our last stand And do it up right We can care about tomorrow When we turn out the lights…


Lyrics: Days Like This

©2007 Crandall I said goodbye to nothing I can’t take it anymore To have you waiting for me When I don’t give a damn So, you’ve given up hope So, I wasted your time Days like this You’re feelin’ cold as hell Days like this Slow motion, slow to fade You’re dessicated You still fear…


Lyrics: The Craven King

©2007 Crandall I’ve got a taste for some raw red meat Girl or boy, young and sweet (or old and nasty) Transmutation as the sun goes down Myopia makes the world so soft and round I don’t feel like I’m coming through clear at all 3 a.m. in the produce aisle Shiny wet fruit goes…


Lyrics: Come to Me

©2007 Crandall You come to me You come to me You come to me And come alone You come to me My heart is cold You come to me Or I’ll come to you You come to me Your flesh is warm You come to me And drink my words, my blood I’ll teach you…


Lyrics: Bottom Feeder

©2007 Crandall I’m learning to swim again Navigating the underworld Big fish, small life I feel lighter, can finally breathe Jet streams write mute symphonies Arhythmic, sublime I don’t want to hear everybody say You swim away from your troubles That gills and fins are no substitutes For lungs and air and surfaces I’m overwhelmed…


Lyrics: God and Gravity

©2010 Crandall We’re all asked to believe In things we cannot see We’re to make a choice Between god and gravity Up on this high wire It’s a good rule not to think About Newton, mass and angels Better not to blink It’s hard to live in absolutes When the earth’s four stories down Remind…


Lyrics: The Ballad of Charon

©2010 Crandall It’s late The air is thick as a blanket We set sail against a new moon The deck is cloaked in its pallid light I watch the souls congregating Around a starboard light I used to long for uncharted worlds Now I’d settle for some peace of mind I feel the wheelhouse churning…


Lyrics: Clear Sky Relapse

©2010 Crandall I don’t wanna come down I’m riding high up in blue Caught up in the jet stream See the contrails drift behind me Some strange clear sky relapse A moment’s grace, a camera’s flash Waiting for the crash I can’t help but see the sights Of a 12-gauge shotgun Locked onto its target…


Lyrics: Home

©2010 Crandall Oh, Lord, I wanna go home Oh, Lord, I wanna go home Feel it deep down in my bones Oh, yeah, I want to go home These legs too tired to roam These arms can’t lift no more This heart done turn to stone Oh, yeah, I wanna to go home


Lyrics: The Devil’s Hole

©2012 Crandall It’s a long way From the bottom to the light of day It’s a long, long tunnel Of lost and luckless souls I can smell the devil’s breath Hits me like a heart attack I feel it creeping over my skin Like a cancer to a bone I made a blind bet With…


Lyrics: Medusa

©2012 Crandall She’s on the prowl now Searchin’ hard for me Tryin’ to catch my eyes now Wanna ensnare me But I won’t back down I said I won’t back down No, I won’t back down I said I won’t back down Ain’t got no cocaine Runnin’ through my veins Not a pint of whiskey…


Lyrics: Walk Down

©2012 Kerr Walk down Yeah, the devil got me Walk down Yeah, the devil got me Walk down Yeah, the devil got me Walk down I’m leavin’ my savior Ain’t changin’ my behavior Ain’t gettin’ no better It’s either now or never There’ll be no convertin’ Touch me, you’ll be hurtin’ You’re gonna put it…


Lyrics: Seismic

©2012 Crandall I’m sorry I accused you of crimes that just don’t mean enough To risk exposing fault lines In our tacit harmony I got it wrong I got it wrong That I should bear false witness Paranoia, jealousy Or a careless indignation That serves no one but me I got it wrong I got…


Lyrics: Roam

©2012 Crandall I pierced the sky from heaven Wayward angel with no home Child of chaos Given life to roam My cohorts took up battle When wisdom failed to know The blows once struck Cursed me to roam Roam, roam I’ve transgressed map and compass Clash and clamour feud and row I left the quiet…


Lyrics: High Water

©2010 Crandall Drowning man High water Hard winds Blind rain I don’t know why I won’t lend a hand I don’t know why Red clay Cracked broken River Dry dust bone The sweat on my fingers Sucked up by the noon sun The fields lie fallow River – dry dust bone Sky bleeds Redemption Hard…