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L.A.-Based Post-Rock Band Mute Swans to Release Their Self-Titled Debut EP on June 27‏

Los Angeles-based post-rock band Mute Swans is set to release their self-titled debut EP on Monday, June 27, via digital outlets such as Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify, with limited physical copies available on CD Baby. The band has already received great feedback for their first single, “Another Year,” which is available as an immediate download when pre-ordering the EP from their Bandcamp page. Fans describe Mute Swans’ sound as “the love child of Explosions in the Sky, M83, and The National.”

“This one comes down to the fact that we cannot choose the family we are born into, but we can choose the people that we surround ourselves with and care about us,” said Mute Swans lead vocalist, Brett Bickford, about the song. “Ultimately, this is the ‘family’ that matters most. There’s a quote by Oscar Wilde that has always stuck with me: ‘Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.’”

The EP was produced by the band at Oak House Recording in Alta Dena, Calif., with David Peters, and mixed and mastered by Jocko in Syracuse, N.Y., at his More Sound Studios. Jocko has worked with bassist Dustin Treinen on past projects Paria and Hello From Ghost Valley, as well as with notably known reggae band John Brown’s Body and metal act Ed Gein.

Brett Bickford stated, “One of my favorite parts about writing music and lyrics is the ability to write ‘stuff’ and not need to explain it. I prefer to not tell listeners too much as to what is going on in my head during each song, as it may ruin what the song means to them. Some lyrics are more ‘on the nose’ than others, and allow for the listener to use their imagination and analysis.”

In addition to the single, the EP features four additional tracks: “Ex Wives” is about the sanction of marriage in Los Angeles, and how people change from vibrant beings to cold and heartless. “Radio” is again based on relationships, but with the underlying theme ‘be mindful,’ as the shiny stuff will fade. “Bloom” was written by former band member Stephanie Williams and Bickford, and is one of heartbreak by your significant other with little pause. Lastly, “Seventeen” is a coming-of-age tune about a boy who wants to be famous, but realizes as he gets older that those aspirations are not what motivate him or make him who he is: “Like the swans I change my shirt.”

Mute Swans will perform all five songs from their new EP, plus some new tracks, at their EP Release Show at El Cid in Los Angeles, on Saturday, July 2. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.eldcidla.com.

Mute Swans is a Los Angeles-based band that is attempting what many have deemed “the impossible”: to create a new standard in the post-rock music world. The band formed in late 2014, after many months of Brett Bickford (vocals/synth), Tom Arizmendi (guitar/vocals), and Jon Morrow (guitar/vocals)tinkering with a cinematic approach to songs. Taking cues from influences such as Explosions in the Sky, This will Destroy You, and Japandroids, a musical tone was quickly becoming apparent. With a smooth dulcet tone needed to stand against these giant sounds, reminiscent of The National, Joy Division, and early REM, Brett creates a melodic narrative to carry you into a world of personal reflections of love, pain, and little adorable red wagons. The timely, late-2014 addition of the rhythm section Dustin Treinen (bass) and Dean Cooper (drums) gave the low gravitas that the band needed to blast at stadiums and across the world. Is it too early to say this band will change the world? Probably. But that’s with a capital “P.”

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