There are currently three artists performing under the name Swear Jar
1) A pop-punk band from Connecticut
2) A post-hardcore/indie band from Cincinnati, OH
3) A hardcore band from Jacksonville, FL
1)Swear Jar was a pop-punk band from all over CT. Two guitars, drums, and lots of yelling. They were comprised of the dueling vocals and guitars of Mitch Dubey and Chris Z (The Flaming Tsunamis), with drummer Morgan Norris and original bassist Kyle Connecticut, who left the band after their demo tape. After a brief slumber and booking a return show with Spraynard and Glocca Morra, tragedy struck when Mitch Dubey was murdered in his New Haven home on the night of March 24th, 2011 during a home invasion robbery gone wrong. Swear Jar's recordings will remain as a reminder of Mitch's talent and his ever-positive outlook on life.
The Swear Jar 7" is now finally available after having seen successful funding on Kickstarter. It is a joint release between Square of Opposition Records, Redscroll Records, It's a Trap! Records, Broken World Media and many other kind folks who donated via Kickstarter. The band's two final shows are scheduled for December 2012. Their final line-up consists of original members Chris, Kyle and Morgan with Greg Horbal (My Heart to Joy, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die) joining on guitar.
2) SWEAR JAR does not belong in this decade. But this band isn’t a nostalgia trip. Their sound is the result of an evolution which began with bands such as Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Fugazi, and Pitchblende. Parallels have also been drawn to The Minutemen, Nomeansno and The Crucifucks, most likely due to Swear Jar’s minimalist style and uniquely energetic presentation. Better suited as a soundtrack to the great skateboarding videos of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Swear Jar is for fans of SST Records, Touch & Go Records and Gleaming The Cube…
Swear Jar first played together on 6/6/06. The impromptu sounds of that night laid the foundation for songs to come. The band members share a common enthusiasm for bombastic hardcore rock, garnished with unexpected transitions. Nightmares, crimes, phobias, and other scares dominate Swear Jar’s lyrics. It’s music that makes you think, but still makes you move. Some have described Swear Jar as ‘music for musicians’
Most people won’t like Swear Jar. And that’s just fine by both the band and label. You either get it, or you don’t. If you don’t love the band, you probably hate them. Swear Jar is focused on exploring new ideas and applying them to punk, underground, indie, or whatever kind of “rock” you want to call it this week. It's just three friends who just happen to make music together and share an interest in provoking a reaction and making a connecting with even the smallest audience.
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