Swamps are a fairly recent hardcore band from Western Massachusetts USA. Combining a heavy mix of stomping metallic riffs and New York style hardcore they are a hard hitting band who seem to be making quite a name for themselves. Upon reviewing their new release 'Seven Sides' (which is a fantastic record), I thought I would catch up with Swamps for a short interview.
Can you please introduce yourselves and give us a recent history of Swamps.
Swamps is Andy McQuade, Nicholas Bechard, Tom Margeson and JJ Degen. We’re a hardcore band from
and have been playing music for about a year and a half. We have a couple releases out right now, an EP called Corroding Kings and a double 7-inch that was just recently put out by FDR called Seven Sides. Springfield, Massachusetts
‘Seven Sides’ has just been released and sounds awesome! What can people expect from listening to this record?
Well thank you, we appreciate that. I think people can expect a more structured and harder-hitting Swamps. For us as a band, this is a big step up from Corroding Kings. A lot more time and effort was invested in writing the new songs and I think it shows. People are saying that it seems like we’ve found our sound and we definitely agree.
What motivates you to write the music that you play?
I think just a mutual love for hardcore music. We like the music we play and want to keep creating it.
What messages and points are you trying to get out to people through your lyrics?
Not necessarily any messages or points. We’ve never really been the “preachy” type or attempt to prove anything through our lyrics. We write songs about things that piss us off, feeling shitty about situations, girls, etc.
Why is hardcore important to you?
Hardcore is important to us because I think it somewhat serves as an outlet. Whether that outlet be playing on stage or going off at a show, I think it’s all therapy for us. I’ve also always been attracted to the fact that hardcore is DIY and really anyone can be a part of it and be free to express themselves.
What is the hardcore scene like in your area and does it differ when travelling to different states?
Our scene is cool. It has a lot of history as well as a lot of current bands. It’d be nice to see more bands surface from our area though and more touring bands come through as well. Scenes definitely differ when travelling to different states. Even when we play right next door in
it seems like a different world. Some places have really tight knit scenes and others don’t. It’s really hard to judge a scene based off one show though. Connecticut
If there was anything you would like to change in the hardcore scene, what would it be?
I guess violence, fights, stupid shit like that. I know it’s hardcore and things like that are going to happen but I feel like a lot of people who go to shows are more in it for the violence and not so much the music or supporting the bands.
What bands have influenced you the most since you started?
No specific bands really. We all listen to a lot of different types of old and new hardcore and I think that gets brought to the table when it comes down to writing and structuring songs. For me personally, I like a lot of
hardcore so there’s obviously going to be some of that influence in there. But Swamps has never really tried to go after a specific sound or genre of hardcore and I think (or hope) that’s what’s going to make us stick out as a band. New York
Are there any particular bands you have or would feel privileged to share a stage with?
Yeah absolutely. We’ve already gotten the pleasure of playing with a few of our current favourite bands such as Soul Search, Take Offense, Expire, Rude Awakening, Suburban Scum, etc. and that was really awesome. I myself am a huge fan of every band that’s on Reaper Records so obviously it would be great to play with any of those bands (Madball, Terror, Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Fire and Ice, Naysayer, etc).
What are your plans in the near future? Is there any chance you guys will be coming to the
anytime soon? UK
This winter we are hopefully setting up a west coast tour and also in December we will be heading to
Puerto Rico for a weekend so that should be awesome. We’ve been keeping in contact with a band called Spires who are from the and we’re possibly trying to set up a little tour over there in the near future. So yeah hopefully we’ll be over there soon, we’d love that. UK
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview, are there any other shout outs or comments you would like to make?
No problem, thank you for wanting to interview us and hopefully we’ll be making our way out to the
sooner rather than later. Shout out to Frequency Deleted Records. UK