After being blown away by their explosive live shows at this year’s Bigsound, Ivy League Records is incredibly excited to announce the signing of garage/punk act, Swayze & the Ghosts – who will join the likes of Hatchie, The Rubens, Rolling Blackouts C.F, The Teskey Brothers, I Know Leopard and more on the Australian label’s stellar roster of artists. To mark the occasion, the band has released their blistering new single ‘Suddenly’, the accompanying video and announced a string of shows across October and November.
From the band:
“We’re elated to join the Ivy League family! The team have made us feel right at home, and we already know that they recognise what we want to achieve and understand the music we want to make. ‘Suddenly’ is a song we are all incredibly proud of, and we feel it’s the perfect song to introduce to audiences with the Ivy League/Sunset Pig banner attached.”
The Hobart natives have amassed a fierce live following over the past two years thanks to their raw, bold and at times, wild shows – heightened by the notably charismatic and enigmatic lead singer, Andrew Swayze. ‘Suddenly’ pays justice to the urgent and addictive energy felt while watching them perform.
“‘Written in one session, listening back to the original phone recording, not much has changed. It’s really important to all of us that we capture the urgency of our live shows on record, and with ‘Suddenly’ we found a balance between some our more garage-y punk roots, and the more complex and interesting writing styles that we have been striving for.”
Over the past 12 months, A. Swayze & the Ghosts have performed at Falls Festival (winners of the triple j unearthed competition to perform), MONA Faux Mo, A Festival Called Panama, Boogie Festival, Cherry Rock Festival, Bad Friday Festival, By the Meadow and Bigsound, as well as playing alongside ‘Jet‘, ‘The Vines’, ‘Batpiss’, ‘Cosmic Psychos’, ‘Shame’, ‘Total Control’ and ‘The Stems’.
The band’s most recent shows as part of Bigsound created a big buzz amongst punters and industry alike, earning spots in many ‘best of’ lists across STACK, triple j, Double J, The Music and more.
‘Suddenly’ follows A. Swayze & the Ghosts’ 2017 self-titled debut EP, and is the start of a new chapter for the band. Stay tuned for more news!