Posts Tagged: Press

‘An album that rewards repeated listens…’

So says Darius of Wasted Love Songs by She Swings, She Sways on his music review blog, Oliver di Place. Don’t want to take his word for it? Go ahead and have a listen for yourself on She Swings, She Sways’s artist page.

December 23rd, 2009

The Iowa Source : Ottumwa’s Indie Artists Revel in their Own Voice

The Iowa Source : Ottumwa’s Indie Artists Revel in their Own Voice : Full Article

The first time I saw She Swings, She Sways was on a summer’s day ’neath a gazebo in one of those idyllic Iowa town squares that look like a Hollywood B-movie set for a Norman-Rockwell-cum-Music-Man after-school special. The weather was perfect humidity-wise, as summers go in this neck of the woods. A small crowd had gathered, and what looked like a laid back, no frills group of musicians was getting set to strike up the band. I had heard these guys were from Ottumwa and were quite good but had no real expectations.

They kicked off their set, and it was clear from the first that these guys had something going; they were self-possessed, melodically strong, unpretentious, sweet like organic watermelon. You know what I mean? All mixed metaphors aside, my socks weren’t bowled over but I …

May 4th, 2009

Rock Iowa : A Midwestern Sound – She Swings, She Sways

Rock Iowa : A Midwestern Sound : Full Article

March 12th, 2009

The Daily Iowan : Swing and Swaying to the Music

The Daily Iowan : Swing and Swaying to the Music : Full Article

They didn’t have to travel far to find what they were looking for. The members of She Swings, She Sways didn’t even have to leave Iowa.

The Ottumwa-based band will perform at noon on Friday at Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington St., as part of the “Java Blend” series. The group has received positive feedback for its latest album, Wasted Love Songs, which was released in July 2008.

The sextet is imbued with a bevy of musical influences. Having not grown up in the “Information Age,” they had to obtain their fill of music the old-fashioned way — radio and MTV — said guitarist/vocalist John Gordon.

“Living in Iowa meant that none of us was ever part of any legitimate ‘scene,’ ” Gordon said. “Most of our musical teeth were cut on whatever was in the top-40 …

February 19th, 2009

Fusion 45 : Carrot Soup And Music – She Swings, She Sways

Fusion 45 : Carrot Soup And Music : Full Article

Like this one, from She Swings, She Sways. They’re a 6-man (well, 5-men and 1-woman) band from the home of Radar O’Reilly: Ottumwa, Iowa. They play self-described “Midwestern music” and they once rescued a horse who had fallen through a frozen pond. You can read more about them here.

I popped this one on in the background while making soup for the kids. When it came time to eat and I went to turn it down, my 8-year old said, “Hey, wait, I like that song”.

Their stuff is kind of catchy.

February 11th, 2009

Rock Iowa : Wasted Love Songs Review

Rock Iowa : Buy Local : Full Article

I first had the immense pleasure of hearing She Swings, She Sways at Crossroads conference a few weeks ago, and I’ll admit it… I went home to download the album and I’ve been listening obsessively ever since. and I maaay have a little crush on all of them.

She Swings She Sways heralds (get it) from Ottumwa, Iowa and their album is available on Authentic Records. Wasted Love Songs, has climbed to the #14 most downloaded album on emusic this week. So forget the giving and download this for yourself. You deserve it.

December 17th, 2008

eMusic : Top Downloads : Wasted Love Songs

eMusic : Top Downloads : Wasted Love Songs

Congrats to She Swings, She Sways who’s album Wasted Love Songs is climbing up eMusic’s top downloads list! Today they’ve landed at #12.

December 17th, 2008

Crossroads Conference : She Swings, She Sways

Rock Iowa : Crossroads Conference : She Swings, She Sways

A band so nice I’m posting them twice.

We’re bringing part two of our Crossroads Conference video extravaganza with two songs from Iowa band She Swings, She Sways. Scott and Andrew had the opportunity to visit and talk with She Swings in their hometown of Ottumwa recently for a Rock Iowa feature, so be on the look out for that soon.

December 17th, 2008

Little Village Review: Wasted Love Songs

Little Village Review: She Swings She Sways – Wasted Love Songs

Wasted Love Songs is brilliantly easy on the ears, but once the emotional payload is delivered, it’s anything but an easy listen. And “wasted?” Not hardly.

A common sophomoric “insight” into music is that we only have 12 notes, and that this imposes some upper limit on the possibility of musical expression. It’s not like it’s hard to demolish this idea with combinatorial mathematics, but both the argument and refutation are beside the point when you consider music made by real musicians. The particular case of She Swings She Sways is one where a group constrains themselves to simple instrumentation, simple melodies and simple lyrics. In terms of musical choices and instrumentation, they use nothing that wasn’t available 200 years ago. Well there’s a bit of electric guitar, but I’ve no doubt they’d be every bit as charming without them. And …

December 9th, 2008

Wildy’s World ‘Wasted Love Songs’ Review

Wildy’s World: Review: She Swings, She Sways

She Swings, She Sways – Wasted Love Songs 2008, Authentic Records
From the home of Radar O’Reilly, Ottumwa, Iowa, comes She Swings, She Sways, an interesting Americana sextet you need to know a little more about. She Swings, She Sways has a very homey feel, like music you might play with friends sitting around a kitchen table on a Saturday night. It’s that at home feel that lends much of the charm to the band’s full length debut, Wasted Love Songs. Each band member contributed to the subject matter here. Stories of love lost or unrequited in the voice of Midwest sensibility and caution reach a crescendo of melancholy that approaches beauty. She Swings, She Sways tells their stories.

She Swings, She Sways has an easy on the ears, somewhat melancholy Americana sound that will set you at ease right off the bat. What I Wouldn’t …

November 15th, 2008
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