Bambara - Swarm

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Upon Swarm’s 2016 release, Brooklyn-based Bambara had been

honing their noise-rock brutalism since forming in Athens, Georgia in
2009. On Swarm, their second full-length, the band began to pull their
approach into sharp focus, and the result was a foundational triumph.

After the pure noise experimentation of their 2013 debut Dream-
violence, here the band began to develop many of their lat-
er trademarks. Marrying the maniacal ravings of The Birthday

Party and the brutality of early Swans with the tangled roots-
punk of The Gun Club, the spotlight started to fall on vocalist/

guitarist Reid Bateh’s lyrics as well as the “Spaghetti west-
ern” atmospherics that would come to the fore to such effect

on later releases such as Shadow On Everything and Stray.
For fans of Bambara’s visceral and pummeling performances, which

led to extensive touring opportunities along rising star contemporar-
ies such as Gilla Band, Algiers, and IDLES before earning the band

their own headlining slot on multiple international tours, Swarm will
serve as a sort of missing link. Now, for the first time ever, live-set
favorites such as the brooding “An Ill Son,” the flawlessly dynamic
“Black,” and the pop-snarled “All the Ugly Things” can be listened
to at a level of audio fidelity on par with the band’s later recordings.
Tiny Mix Tapes praised Dreamviolence, the band’s first LP, by
saying that “complete, utter anguish has never sounded this
good.” Swarm made it sound even better. With these 12 songs,
Bambara proved that sometimes the only way to confront a

fucked-up world is to sink to its level. As Henry Rollins succinct-
ly summed it up at the time, this is a “REALLY cool record.”

1. Clearing Out the Weeds
2. Her Sister Touya
3. An Ill Son
4. Black
5. Like Waves
6. I Don’t Mind
7. Filled Up With Night
8. It’s Nothing
9. All the Ugly Things
10. I Can’t Recall
11. In Bars
12. As Her


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