We cannot get enough of Swear and Shake’s big hook americana. Lead singers Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo) and Kari Spieler (guitar) met on the campus of SUNY Purchase College. Shaun Savage (bass) and Ben Goldstein (drums) later joined the group, and Swear and Shake started gaining momentum, recording their first EP. In the summer of 2011, Swear and Shake began creating Maple Ridge, named after the barn in which it was recorded. Produced by Ben, the album was released the following summer. The “Folksy, foot-stomping rock” album (The New York Times) has garnered positive reviews from Teen Vogue to Time Out New York.
Swear and Shake has been keeping busy - recently sharing the stage with acts including The Lumineers, G. Love & Special Sauce, and performing at Governors Ball. The band is currently touring in support of a new EP, Ain’t That Lovin’.
Cameo features three, incredible Swear and Shake songs. We had the chance to catch up with the band while they are touring across the East Coast. All four members jumped in and discussed musical inspiration and what can be found in their camera roll. Find more of Swear and Shake’s music here.
What’s your favorite thing (website, link, etc.) on the internet right now?
Kari: This video of Joaquin Phoenix’s forehead.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
Ben: Roberto Bolaño
Shaun: THESE are a few of my favorite things.
Best film score ever?
Adam: Man, I love the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Jon Brion.
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Kari: Three people that inspired my music are Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Fiona Apple, and also this woman who fronted a country band at a dude ranch I stayed at when I was a kid. She was so incredible.
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
Ben: My cats, Mikey and Louie. Do Mikey and Louie count as “one thing?” They better.
What will your first Cameo be about?
Adam: The best videos I take are never planned! But so many fun things happen on tour. I love the new slow motion function on the iPhone so I will definitely utilize that.
Best concert venue on earth?
Shaun: Red Rocks Amphitheater seems like a dream. It’s always been on my to-do list to play there and I just caught my first concert there not long ago. It’s such a beautiful place tucked into the mountains of Colorado, the atmosphere is so inspiring.
Tell us about the last video shot on your phone:
Adam: I’m making a lyric video for our new song “Good As Gone.” I shot a bunch of footage from the drivers perspective with my phone on the dashboard. I’m going to overlay some text and put it online soon.
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