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The Swear is an Atlanta-based rock band led by award-winning songwriter Elizabeth Elkins. Driven by a punk work ethic, the band has played hundreds of shows across the United States since its beginnings in 2005, and has released two records. The band's songs have been on many television shows, including Smallville, Rescue Me and Jersey Shore.
Mixing influences from Courtney Love to Morrissey, Alk...aline Trio to Muse, The Swear create dark power-pop songs that read like great literature. Brooklyn’s Resonator Magazine said, “theirs is one of the greatest rock records released by an Atlanta band. It’s an album of death and passion, full of ringing violence and gorgeous melodies. It’s edgy rawness balanced by pop perfection from a band that should be considered rock's new great hope."
Warped Tour veterans The Swear have also played BMI showcases in Nashville and Los Angeles, and have showcased at CMJ, Chicago's Mobfest, Austin's RedGorilla, Texas Rockfest and SXSW (where Elizabeth, a Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, was a part of the Billboard/BMI brunch).
Over the last year, the band has been hard at work writing songs for and recording a new EP, tentatively titled "Gold and Hymns and Hell."
The band's EP "Every Trick's A Good One" (produced by Russ-T Cobb; mastered by Howie Weinberg) and LP "Hotel Rooms and Heart Attacks" (produced by Matt Goldman, Ted Niceley and Jeff Tomei; mixed by Eli Janney and mastered by Howie Weinberg) are available on iTunes worldwide.
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TELEVISION & FILM
Smallville (The CW), Rescue Me (FX), Beyond the Break (The N), Roswell (The WB), Reunion (FOX), Life As We Know It (ABC), Wanted (TNT), Extreme Food Sculpting (TLC), Outward Bound (The Discovery Channel), Tool Academy and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew (VH1), Jersey Shore, The Real World, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Made, Valemont, Cribs, Teen Cribs, Parental Control, True Life, Bromance, Disaster Date, Ten on Top, The Seven and My Super Sweet Sixteen (MTV), A Decade of Cribs (MTV2), Atlanta Tonight (UPN), Tr3s, Surreal (New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), The Delivery Boy Chronicles, Cross Country and By Chance
Listed in best albums of the year in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing and Georgia Music Magazine.
"Sometimes you just dig a good pop song where the guitarists are punching and jabbing through the melody and groove in a way that truly lifts things up. In this regard, Elizabeth Elkins and Jeremy Zamora are rock warriors with total command of meaty riffs, feedback swells, dynamics, and churning, crunching chords." -Guitar Player
"Elkins leads The Swear with a thundering certainty." -Paste Magazine
"The Swear is terrific. Memorable guitar riffs and a thundering rhythm section careen behind Elkins' vocals. The songs paint vivid portraits of envy, jealousy and the things we do for love and lust."-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Hotel Rooms is one of the greatest rock records released by an Atlanta band. An album of death and passion, full of ringing violence and gorgeous melodies. The Swear write dark power-pop songs that read like great literature. Edgy rawness balanced by pop perfection from a band that should be considered rock's new great hope."-Resonator Magazine
"Although, at first glance, they appear to be in a niche akin to The Sex Pistols, they are, in fact, a sensible bunch of instrumentalists with as much flare for song as any Nashville staffer. Everything about them screams loud but they are not noisy and could pull off an MTV Unplugged as gracefully as Nirvana." -Lior Shamir, The UK Singer/Songwriter Awards
"Elkins is tough, assertive, expressive. 'Vampire' is a sort of speeded-up-girl-doing-Geddy-Lee-prog-punk. 'Shuttered Off Christine' is forboding but banging. The Swear's music is not especially joyful, to my ears. Odd thing is, I like it anyway." -Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone/Rhapsody