Among a veritable sea of 4-man rock groups, each touting their “unique” and “groundbreaking” sound, Austin alt-pop getup Swimming With Bears stands out as one of the few who can back up their claim. It’s a new take on Kings of Leon, one with the same impeccable songwriting and production value, but with more sincere melodies and funky guitar riffs. Joe Perry (vocals/bass), Alec Conte (guitar), Jon Kerr (guitar) and Ryan Hannasch (drums) work well together to create a tight-knit, soulful sound that’s not easy to forget. Their self-titled EP came out last summer, with a highly anticipated full-length project on the way. Swimming with Bears stopped by Studio 1A to strut their stuff, check them out below!
– James Parker
2/2/17 – FREE SHOW @ Cheer Up Charlies, doors at 7 pm