Swillmerchants / Press
“..jazz induced music combined with rock and a dash of punk rock...They don't really care who they impress...The musicianship is good and they seem to be able to slide from one forte to another with ease...Standout cuts include Cadillac El Dorado, French Movies and Before the Fever.”
"It’s not often you run into a band that has it all: talent, experience, and a good hand on the business. Northampton, Mass rock group, the Swillmerchants are taking over the northeast music scene...bringing modern rock a new edge, and making their own rules in the music business."
“Recently, I gave the Swillmerchants' new disc The Mint Hotel a spin...I have to hand it to the Swillmerchants--they stumped me. They brought up all sorts of critical angst. They're probably fine with that. They're hardly a group of humble shoe-gazers. Their recent interview in Behind the Beat reads like a cross between a junior high brag session and a parody of self-praise. To be surprised by a band with such eye-roll inducing habits seems like a happy outcome."”
"the mint hotel" is as fresh as the name suggests. Swillmerchants sound has always been angsty, bass-driven rock with infectious energy, but the new album offers loads of new stuff, and does everything in big style...each track is dynamically different..."
"They make dark and driving rock music, but on the new record they show other sides of themselves...Musically, the songs on "the mint hotel" make excellent use of layers...the hard work put into the record is obvious."
"...great job providing a contrast in phrasing between sections...the verses have a nice hooky flow. The chord progression is solid and catchy. The singer sells the song well, and I love how you layered the vocals...Overall, I think you guys did a great job..."
"...they put on such a good rock show. the type of show that engages the crowd from beginning to end...while on stage. everything is executed with the idea of having a good show in mind."
“The Swillmerchants ARE rock & roll!! If you don't believe me THEN LISTEN! ”
"...by the time I got to the hook on 'The Phobia List', the opening track on the group's new Ep -"Night of a Thousand Minutes"...I was picturing an arena full of people going ape shit...that song is rocking somebody's world right now.""
“ The Swill Merchants swagger into the Iron Horse with the whiskey soaked, in your face brand of rock and roll that's earned them a reputation for delivering an unforgettable experience every time they take the stage.”
“The tastiest sheet of sandpaper you'll ever swallow and ask for seconds!”