THREE ONE G #59
Swing Kids formed in the mid 90’s out of a mix of obscure punk, hardcore, and geographical specific social politics. The band drew inspiration from legitimate jazz and swing era ethics, creating a strand of genre defying music. The band was short lived, documenting their entire existence in a handful of songs over a couple of years. One of Three One G’s earliest releases was Swing Kids’ S/T 7” EP which features four original tracks as well as a harsh version of Joy Division’s “Warsaw”. Soon after the band dropped their EP they followed up with a split 10” EP with Spanakorzo, which shared band member John Brady. After a few short tours and a jaunt over to Europe, the band called it quits due to drummer Jose Palafox relocating to the Bay Area. Swing Kids did manage to track one last song, “El Camino Car Crash” which is the additional track on the obvious digital follow up of the band’s entire collection, simply titled “Discography”. Over the years, this nine-song collection would become a staple for the Three One G community. The band did their few last shows recruiting Jimmy Lavalle who was part of notable acts such as The Locust, The Crimson Curse, The Black Heart Procession, Gogogo Airheart, and Album Leaf, to play second guitar. Then the unexpected happened; guitarist and founding member of Swing Kids and Unbroken took his own life. Over a decade later Eric still lives on in his music and the final chapter of the band was written, as the remaining members had the opportunity to play two benefit shows in Southern California raising thousands of dollars for charity. The shows or funerals, as the band members looked at it, displayed that the bands spirit will live on, and showcased the evolution of the remaining members musicianship. The documentation of this final chapter was a self-titled 7” single featuring an updated version of “Situation on Mars” as well as a new track titled, “Fake Teeth”. Jose Palafox went on to play in notable acts such as Tit Wrench, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, and Baader Brains. Bassist John Brady went on to play in Chicago’s Sweep The Leg Johnny. Lastly, vocalist Justin Pearson went on to play in acts such as The Locust, All Leather, Retox, Some Girls, Holy Molar, Crimson Curse, Head Wound City, and Ground Unicorn Horn.
1.Situations On Mars