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Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: The Swagger’s “Heart ‘N’ Soul”

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At the end of summer, Lee Stevens’ alternative and totally Brit-rock band The Swagger released a new single named “Heart ‘N’ Soul,” hot on the heels of the band’s angular self-titled EP.

The London-based band which plays music that ranges from Britpop to indie rock brings to mind the pop swagger of The Fratellis. “Heart ‘N’ Soul” is an indie rock tune which includes all the required grooves, all the catchy vocal-lines, and the same Albion coolness we adore in all Arctic Monkeys and La’s tracks.

The song was produced by Mike Bennett (Ian Brown, The Specials, Doctor & The Medics) with Angus Wallace (Wishbone Ash, Spiritualized, The Fall) as the sound engineer.

The Swagger was born in 2011 when brothers Lee and Paul Stevens were joined by their friends Will O’Connell on bass and drummer Roger Malaquias. The band has supported Creation Records’ Hurricane #1, arranged through supporter Alan McGee, as well as Slydigs, in addition to headlining The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the International Pop Festival 2017. Their impressive live show has earned them support from not only McGee but also John Power (The La’s, Cast).

I wanted to write a catchy British indie melodic pop tune with great harmonies and a dark edge to it. I rather fancied a girl at the time and wanted to express the way I felt about her. The song pretty much wrote itself. Simplicity was the key. This is a love song with a Kinks and Madness vibe, listening to these bands who have inspired me for many years now,” says Lee Stevens.

The clip for “Heart N’ Soul” features a surprising storyline and unexpected ending, cloaked in dark humor.


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