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The Swords of Fatima / Press

“Probably the band that played the most at Al's Bar was Popdefect. Popdefect is no more so representing will be drummer Nick Scott's Swords of Fatima. Nick teams up with Buko Pan Guerra who sings and plays guitar. What makes the music really interesting is that Buko plays an electric guitar tuned like a banjo who plays really interesting rhythms. The only two melodic instruments are guitar and voice and they both come out of the same person in the same rhythms connected through the heart.”

“SWORDS OF FATIMA, in an effort to restore balance to the universe, will perform their entire set with no bass player at all. But you won’t miss it. The antics of Buko Pan Guerra on rip-roaring Eastern-inflected surf guitar and former Popdefect wonder child Nick Scott on drums are always fascinating to behold, and this being the first chance we’ve had to see them in a couple years, we’re looking forward to every moment.”

“The Swords of Fatima are another lo-fi duo, with singer-guitarist Buko Pan Guerra cooing febrile melodies over former Popdefect drummer Nick Scott's surf-garage beats. What makes the Swords of Fatima so unusual, however, is the way Guerra's blurry guitar and foreboding lyrics move beyond punk formula into something more unsettling and much less familiar”

“The Swords of Fatima Interviewed by Kim Friederich for PUNK GLOBE MAGAZINE Punk Globe: Buko sounds as though she has twelve hands when she plays. Is it hard to keep up with her? Nickei: Actually she just has four arms. Like Shiva. She tries to kill me almost every night. I look at the set list and go “Do we have to do ALL of these fast ones?”. One day I’m going off stage in a box.”

“Listed as one of the "Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands"”

“The first time I ever saw The Swords of Fatima was a few moons ago on a Bob Cantu show….I remember the drummer Nick even farther than that from the Popdefect days at Al’s Bar…..This duo really comes at ya….Buko plays some interesting riffs on her guitar…gotta hear it live to appreciate it….Nick is drummer extraordinaire…..uh… and he’s a rock star too….!! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

“At a time of year when there's so much cloying white-bread holiday music polluting the aesthetic atmosphere, it's a relief to see a band like the Swords of Fatima playing this week - and at a free outdoor show, to boot. The self-described "Flamenco Bollywood Disco Punk" duo stir up febrile, messily exotic instrumental passages like "The Swaying Caravan" & "The Sea of Cortez", on their debut CD, Two Days, Two Swords . . . Walk Alone at Midnight. Buko Pan Guerra, who's played w/Lily & The Ladies & Sun Trash, peels serpentine riffs from her guitar while drummer Nick Scott (PopDefect, Project K) chases after them w/rolling tom-toms and speedy surf-garage fills. W/o really meaning to, Guerra's darkly twisting curlicues on "Then He Called at Midnight" simultaneously evoke the Door's sprawling moodiness & the Velvet Underground's droning distortion, while the blurry garage-punk rush of "Catch the Sword" isn't far removed from the Dagon's nightmarish reveries.”

“ Self-proclaimed Bollywood disco punks The Swords of Fatima are sure to make some to make some ice melt at Pershing Square. Frenetic strumming and drumming is Buko Pan Guerra and Nickei Scott's style on their instrumental first album "Two Days, Two Swords…Walk Alone At Midnight" but the pair already have a handful of new numbers that include vocals by the flamenco-flavored Buko. With their swanky jazz funk explorations, New Rome Quartet are a perfect compliment to the lysergic SOF. Admission to this free --but beware, there’s gonna be fire on the ice!”

“Out of Los Angeles come the sounds of surf with undercurrents of bellydance motifs and traces of Bollywood. Guitarist Buko Pan Guerra indulged in a marathon of bellydance DVDs, and Swords of Fatima was the result. With the help of Nickei Scott on drums, this ???Twopergroup??? offer up 12 frenetic instrumentals 4 to 5 minutes long, guaranteed to kick you into gear with the crashing and rolling drums and the driving force of the guitar. Images of bellies gyrating are never far away.”

“The first band was The Swords of Fatima, whom I had heard of but didn’t really know much about. They’re a two-some not terribly unlike the White Stripes in some respects. In one such respect they are different: the drumming is much better. There seemed to be some sort of latin funk influence, though I’m treading into unfamiliar waters, so maybe not? They didn’t sound like a garage rock band the same way the White Stripes do is what I mean to say. I liked them. I saw most of their set and it was all instrumental. They were definitely rocking out towards the end of the set. The guitar work was pretty solid. At first glance, Swords of Fatima didn’t leave a lasting impression… but I have a sneaking feeling in a year or two they’ll be an act people are talking about.”