Houndmouth, Dawes, Milo Greene
The rise of any genre into popular graces leads to a horde of imitators. The recent rise of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, however, has seemed to cause an all-out flood of generic-sounding folkers. As one wise Mumford-reviewer once said, "you can't have a hoe-down in every damn song," and, unfortunately, not many of these bands are taking this advice to heart. New York-based Swear and Shake are very much in the vein of these groups, but should definitely not be lost in the flood. Having actual talent and a knack for song structure, Swear and Shake have crafted an excellent debut, and these songs attest to that. They are currently on tour with the one and only G. Love and will be playing Governor's Ball this summer in NYC.