Album artwork for Swarm by Bambara
Album artwork for Swarm by Bambara

UponSwarm’s 2016 release, Brooklyn-based Bambara had been honing their noise-rock brutalism since forming in Athens, Georgia in2009. OnSwarm, 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 debutDream-violence, here the band began to develop many of their lat-er trademarks. Marrying the maniacal ravings of The BirthdayParty 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 western” atmospherics that would come to the fore to such effecton 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 contemporaries 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 Dream violence, 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 succinctly summed it up at the time, this is a “REALLY cool record.

Bambara

Swarm

Wharf Cat
Album artwork for Swarm by Bambara
LP +

$22.99$19.99

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Clear White

Released 08/18/2023Catalog Number

WCR150lp-C1

Bambara

Swarm

Wharf Cat
Album artwork for Swarm by Bambara
LP +

$22.99$19.99

sale

Clear White

Released 08/18/2023Catalog Number

WCR150lp-C1

UponSwarm’s 2016 release, Brooklyn-based Bambara had been honing their noise-rock brutalism since forming in Athens, Georgia in2009. OnSwarm, 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 debutDream-violence, here the band began to develop many of their lat-er trademarks. Marrying the maniacal ravings of The BirthdayParty 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 western” atmospherics that would come to the fore to such effecton 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 contemporaries 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 Dream violence, 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 succinctly summed it up at the time, this is a “REALLY cool record.