Quick Update.

Hello friends. 

I apologize for the lack of activeness on here. It’s been sort of hectic to manage my personal blog and The Midwest’s Finest. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of work for this years Midwest Fest and I couldn’t be more excited. I just wanted to give everyone a quick update. 

I’ve been working hard on the split vinyl with Neva Evan and it’s coming along great. Also, several other releases are in the works but I am very busy with traveling, shows, and planning for future endeavors with TMF. Please stick with me! 

Thank you. 
-Austin

2013 Update.

Hello friends, 

I’ve been making a lot of progress in the last couple months and I couldn’t be happier with myself.

If you haven’t already heard, I released a self-produced split with Smoke & Mirrors on December 21. We made a short run of DIY physical copies. I still have a few that you can pick up at a show. Or if you don’t want to spend two dollars, you can download it for free here

Also, I recently released a cover of The Smith’s “Half a Person” available for streaming here
Today (1/22/12), I released a new song titled “Utah” available for streaming here

If you didn’t already know, I book Indiana’s Midwest Fest. April 27, 2013 marks the second annual fest and I couldn’t be more excited. The show is fully booked and all the details are set! Please click the link and “like” the facebook page to keep up with the festival. I will be announcing the headlining band shortly!

There are a few other big announcements I’ve yet to make but I will save that for later. 

Keep on keepin’ on. 
-Austin

Plans.

As a lot of my friends and fans know, Swinging Swords has been in the works for a while now. I’ve been trying to work out studio time and it just hasn’t been working in my favor. A lot of the problem has been due to my former unemployment. So, instead of running around in circles, I decided to tough it out and get back into the full-time job routine and now I’m formulating a plan for the future. I’m going to be working a lot and playing shows here and ther when I can, saving up money. After a while of working and saving, I’m going to start offering my services through graphic design (My pending name for this is Get Rad! Design). If that works out as well as I am hoping, I’m going to find a comfortable place with the money I’ve saved and go all out on this. I’m talking apparel, recording and the album, other merch, and touring. I’m going to attempt a full-time musician lifestyle. 

But what about until then? I can’t just leave you all with the same old album that even I’m sick of and don’t like anymore. So here’s what I’m doing. I am currently self-recording songs. I am recording a few songs I wrote a long time ago, a few new ones, and a few I’ve played at shows but haven’t had recordings of. I am also going to do a cover album. The covers will be free and I will sell the other (currently untitled) album at shows.

So, as of right now, that’s what I am doing and planning on. Stay with me. Talk to me.

-Austin 

Bazan.

Tonight I saw David Bazan. If you don’t know, Bazan is the mind behind the indie rock bands Pedro the Lion and Headphones and now he does a solo project under his own name. He’s been recently doing a lot of living room touring and I finally got the chance to catch up with a near by show. Bazan has been a huge inspiration to me and my music, so you can imagine how stoked I was about seeing him.

I got to talk to him for a half hour and walk away with a signed copy of his latest album Strange Negotiations. He said he’d be interested in checking out Swinging Swords when I get finished with it. I hope he does.

Well, just thought I’d tell you all.

Playing shows.

Even if the crowd isn’t the best I’ve ever had, I always tend to learn something from shows that I play. And typically, I enjoy the connections I make and experiences with people I meet.

Tonight, I played a show in Warsaw, Indiana at Take Action Tattoo. I got to meet a lot of new people and took part in some very good conversation. I met a really genuine guy named Doug Mains (of Doug Mains & the City Folk) and we shared a good time together. I would deeply encourage you to check out his page and support his music. I can’t wait to see where this new found friendship takes me, but I think it’ll be a great thing.

Also, really quick, a few of Doug’s friends were at the show tonight and they’re working on a really cool documentary called Thrive With Less. If you click on that name, you’ll be taken to the site. Watch the trailer, read up, and I guarantee you’ll be as interested as I am.

I’m so excited about independent music (and film).

Recent & Upcoming Happenings.

I’ve been to a lot of shows lately and I am loving it more than ever. I am so happy with Midwest music right now. Of course, there has been Midwest Fest, but other shows I’ve seen recently are:

I’m only highlighting bands/artists I saw at said show, or liked.
BE HERE NOW:
Arrah & the Ferns, Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery, Laura K. Balke, Ryan Kerr, and Nathan Edwin.

POP PUNK +:
Close Only Counts, Serpent’s Tongue, The Dead Records, Dino Riki, Ryan Kerr

Click the names and check them out!

In other news, I am playing a show this coming Saturday, May 12. All that you need to get in is two cans of food, that will go to feeding the community. Not only do you have the chance to support local and touring acts, but you have a chance to make  a difference in the community. Don’t pass it up.


Click on the photo for Facebook event. 

Midwest Fest, Midwest Best.

A lot has been happening in the last few weeks! So much, in fact, I haven’t really had time to post anything on here.

Almost two weeks ago, on April 28, I held the first annual Midwest Fest. It was nothing less than a complete success. I am so appreciative of all the friends I’ve acquired through this fest and even in the last year or so.  I want to extend a personal thanks to all the bands that came out and gave this fest everything they had. Also, I would like to thank Adam Breneman. This guy came at 10 A.M. and helped load in, set up, and he ran the door ALL DAY and tore down. The funny thing is he just came to watch the show. He’s awesome. Thanks to Ryan Kerr for helping this fest run smoothly and getting a lot of the pre-work figured out with me. This fest definitely wouldn’t have been such a success if it weren’t for him.  One last name to drop… Robert Lugo. Seriously, this dude is the best sound guy I’ve ever worked with. And he let us crash in his house two days in a row… WHAT A GUY!

We, and when I say “we” I’m talking about me and Laura K. Balke, have been talking about a hypothetical award called Midwest Best, in which the recipient would be given the award after the fest. The award would go to a band, artist, or volunteer that demonstrated pure excellence. This year’s award would go to The Dead Records! 1. These dudes played a super solid set. Unless they know of something, I found no flaws in their performance. 2. I made a joke about them giving me a shirt during my set, so they gave me two shirts. I know of some other give aways they did. Anyway, congrats to The Dead Records for winning the first annual Midwest Best award and thanks for being so generous and cool.

“When you lay me down, lay me with The Dead Records.”