Shane Chaney - guitar, bass, vocals
James Burns - guitar, bass, vocals
Rob Flexon - drums, vocals
Hometown - Cincinnati, Ohio
The members of Swear Jar share a common enthusiasm for refreshingly new, bombastic, hardcore rock, garnished with unexpected transitions. Their music makes you think, but still makes you move. The band is focused on exploring new ideas and applying them to punk, underground, indie, or whatever ilk of “rock” you want to call it this week.
Described by Jersey Beat Magazine as a “trio that exude intensity and play with the subtlety of a blunt object to the skull” and by Collective Zine (United Kingdom) as “destined to be enjoyed intensely by a handful of weirdos” fans of old-school, underground, independent Rock and Punk will immediately get what Swear Jar is doing.
The band’s rhythm section plays a prominent role in their sound: heavy, jangly, ropy bass lines are set to a unique hybrid of George Hurley and Todd Trainer drumming styles driving counter-intuitive song structures. This foundation underlines chaotic guitar-work which dynamically veers on and off the rails, sparking dissonance and ingenuity. For fans of Amphetamine Reptile’s noisiest and most abrasive work, NoMeansNo, Shellac, Minutemen and Crucifucks.
Since Swear Jar’s formation on 06/06/06, they have been writing non-stop, always working tirelessly on new material. After a series of demos, the band released their self-recorded full-length debut, Cuss in 2010. Two years in the making, the album quickly caught the attention of both critics and listeners tired of the current status quo in punk and underground rock music. Late 2011 found Swear Jar rolling tape once again. The result is You’re So Pretty, an explosive collection of songs that make up half of a split LP with label-mates Knife The Symphony.
Swear Jar is a band interested in provoking a reaction and connecting with even the smallest audience. They continue to write and play in the MidWest.
666 in the 5-1-3 (Self Release, 2008)