Swearing At Motorists announce new album 'While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth' to be released on Anton Newcombe's A Recordings label on 3rd November 2014
Swearing At Motorists emerged in the early 1990's in the bedrooms and basements of Dayton, Ohio amongst the hazy murk of the Midwest American lo-fi scene, which included Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, The Grifters and Pavement.
The band has come a long way since its birth as a poster for a fake band in 1994. A few months after the posters mysteriously appeared in record stores & music venues around Dayton, Dave Doughman jokingly scrawled the name on a cassette of home recordings that he gave to friends, and the band was officially born.
Over the years, Swearing At Motorists - a two-piece rock and roll band comprised of Dave Doughman (guitar, vocals) andMartin Boeters (drums) - have developed the reputation of being one of the most energetic and charismatic American bands around today, both on stage and on record.
The late '90s found S@M releasing a slew of 7" EPs on different labels, and after getting repeated plays from John Peel and favourable press worldwide, the band landed a contract with the then new label Secretly Canadian. They released 2 EPs & 4 LPs on SC, including 2000's 'Number Seven Uptown' & 2002's 'This Flag Signals Goodbye', both of which were named MOJO Magazine's 'Underground Album of the Year' the years they were released. Critics have referred to Swearing At Motorists as 'The Two Man Who', a nickname bestowed upon the band by Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys.
Their albums are a combination of rock and love songs that portray 'a character at the mercy of his own destiny'. Swearing At Motorists' songs are characterized by emphatic, crunching tonic chords, emotive vocals, and raw recordings, though with more emphasis on production than many lo-fi acts. Lyrically, Doughman blends narratives of seemingly mundane everyday occurrences with occasional elements of surrealism or subtle commentary.
Swearing At Motorists relocated to Berlin, Germany in 2005, releasing their last LP for Secretly Canadian, 'Last Night Becomes This Morning' the following year before quietly disappearing into the never-ending Berlin night...
8 years later, the band has resurfaced in Hamburg, Germany, with a new album titled 'While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth', to be released 3rd November on Anton Newcombe's label A Recordings Ltd.
Co-produced by Doughman and Rick McPhail (of the legendery German band Tocotronic), the album tells the tales of those "lost" 8 years in classic Motorists style.
Swearing At Motorists will be supporting Gruff Rhys in Paris in September and joining Spoon on their European tour this November. Their shows are characterized by Doughman's energetic performances, which have, in the past, involved antics such as tearing the strings out of his guitar mid-song and jumping offstage, as well as comedic anecdotes relayed between, and sometimes within, songs. This is a show you don't want to miss.
European Live Dates
15th Oct - POINT ÉPHÉMÈRE - Paris, France with Gruff Rhys
2nd Nov - Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, Germany with Spoon
3rd Nov - Kaserne -Basel, Switzerland with Spoon
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
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