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The Early Swerve We Take Our Time Lyrics

The Early Swerve embodies the raw essence of collaboration, a motley crew of sonic adventurers led by Dave Mackinnon's hypnotic melodies and rugged vocals, Essex Moorcroft's lyrical wizardry, and the rhythmic backbone provided by Jaydan Toomey's acoustic bass and Bill Snowden's drumming prowess.

Their sound is a cacophony of influences, a wild concoction they call gangster-folk/nu-skiffle that kicks genre norms to the curb. Drawing from a melting pot of inspirations including Skiffle, Latin Jazz, and the rebellious spirit of 60s British Invasion bands, they forge a musical landscape that's as unpredictable as it is intoxicating. But it's Moorcroft's lyrical prowess that truly sets them apart, spinning tales of dark humour and barstool wisdom that resonate with the enigmatic spirits of local legend. Each song is a journey into the depths of the human experience, where laughter and melancholy collide in a whirlwind of emotion. And on stage, The Early Swerve are a force to be reckoned with, channelling their raw energy into electrifying performances that blur the lines between audience and artist. With raw vocal harmonies and a gritty skiffle punk aesthetic, they create an atmosphere that's as infectious as it is unforgettable.


When they first started, the band had a revolving door of local session musicians, before settling on their current live lineup. 

“We were like Steely Dan.  If you lived local and were any good, you did time in the Swerve” 

As a live act, they combine blistering vocal harmonies with a ragged skiffle aesthetic.

Live Line Up:

Dave Mackinnon - Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar

Jay Toomey - Backing vocals, Acoustic Bass 

Bill Snowden - Backing vocals, drums. 

They recorded their debut album More People Than Teeth with Ed Deegan at Gizzard Recording in Bow. The 10-track album was recorded and mixed using only analogue equipment and features female backing singers, piano and a string quartet on several songs.  

The album will drop later this year on all streaming platforms and will also be mastered from the tapes for vinyl release. 

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