Of Swine and Swill
(Live Bait Recording Foundation)
Alternately noisy and melodic, Of Swine and Swill at times sounds like the soundtrack to an underground horror movie. With its odd chants and gurgling vocals, opener "Heaven and Earth Versus Time" sets the tone for a bizarre musical ride. Though "Blurred Mosaic" ventures into new-age territory, instrumentals like "Sunrise and Sedation" and "To Watch a Life Drain" have a distinctly ominous feel, with heavy-hitting percussion and bass creating a menacing groove. Friends since childhood, Of Swine and Swill's Stephen Petrus and John Potter have an affinity for oddly evocative music, and their Painesville band might just be the closest thing Northeast Ohio has to the singular psychedelic rock of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The disc also features an eight-page booklet of lyrics and original artwork. — Jeff Niesel
Dan McCoy & the Standing 8's
Opening with the maudlin a cappella "In My Time of Dying," this solo effort from Rambler 454's Dan McCoy starts on a dour note but quickly picks up speed as McCoy offers a good quotient of barroom laments about overdue taxes and unfaithful girlfriends. McCoy channels Drive-by Truckers' rootsy rock on "Moving Day" and evokes Tom Petty on the rambunctious "Knockout." His own songs are plenty distinctive, so the cover of Bad Religion's "American Jesus" feels out of place. But that's the only real misstep. Recorded by Hayshaker Jones' Clint Holley at his Audio Spectrum Studio, the album features a solid balance of ballads and rockers with lyrics that suggest McCoy has a great sense of narrative. — Jeff Niesel
Hear new music from Lick the Blade, Of Swine and Swill and Dan McCoy at clevescene.com/kickingandstreaming
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