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What's the word that sounds like what it is describing? Hang on a tick, I'll go find out.
I'm back. After an extended discussion with my colleagues, we decided that what I was after is not onomatopoeia but a simple apt. So: The Harvey Swagger Band has a very apt band name. Fitting was another choice. Yes, they swagger, of course they do. And they swoon and sway, too.
The Harvey Swagger Band formed in Sydney in 2004. Lead singer and guitarist Harvey Russell is backed by the Brothers Langman – Aaron on bass and Marcus on the drums. Recently "the vivacious" Josie Rothwell has been added to the mix on keyboards and vocals. In their bio they say the band's "rougher edges have been smoothed and it's focus has been renewed".
And they are right. These five songs, at once tough and rollicking, have been given some delicious icing all over the top. Josie's singing alongside Harvey is wonderful and makes these already catchy songs even more delectable.
The first three songs could all be A-siders in their own right. Their first song 'Crossfire' comes across as their "telling white lies", the big hit back in the 80s for the Georgia Satellites. Not that the Harvey Swagger Band sound like the Georgia Satellites but I used to love 'White Lies' a lot and I'm loving 'Crossfire' too. In that half-rock-half-country way. The last song has that tom-tom jungle beat used well by the Hoodoo Gurus. And put to good use here, too.
Yes, Harvey Swagger Band is a little bit country (rock) and a little bit pop. They do it sincerely and do it well. - ND