Chris Hess (Vocals) had this to say about “Kim K”:
“Kim K” is not my view on Kim Kardashian, but rather an imagined perspective of the rest of the world through the eyes of Kim Kardashian. Essentially an address to America from Mrs. ‘Break the Internet’, herself.
Kim has her own fucked up reasons for doing the things she does, loving the person she loves, getting the work she’s had done, done. In the lyrics, Kim explains that her husband (however polarizing he can be) “celebrates what he sees” in her and that maybe that scandalized “video-tape was never meant to be seen”.
While the moral is to find the humanity in someone no matter how vilified he or she becomes in their plastic, cultural demigod status; the goal isn’t to make you fond of the subject. It simply asks if we are all pedaling the inveterate thought processes and beliefs that our peer groups are comfortable with. And well regardless of the disparaging sides we’ve all seen of Kim, she has the world eating out of her hand. Which is why, in the chorus of this song, she exclaims triumphantly,
“Hey, now I’ve got you where I want you. Hell no, I’m not sorry, baby.”
Hess also crafted artwork for the single inspired by Kim Kardashian’s historic “Break The Internet” cover of Paper Magazine, which can be found below:
Last year, SWIMM launched the Love You Down Festival as a way to integrate the different artistic communities that may normally exist outside of each other. Love You Down, or LYD as they often refer to it, was a way to pay homage to their peers who inspire the band and to give something back to the fans that have become family in their adopted hometown. The initial incarnation of LYD attracted over 350 attendees and included performances from SWIMM, The Gloomies, Thumpasorious, Goldensuns, LA Font & Vs Colour, as well as DJ sets from Warpaint, Gardens & Villa and Aaron Byrd.
This past Friday, SWIMM took their celebration of Los Angeles to the next level.
For Round 2 of LYD, SWIMM partnered with Spaceland Presents for an indoor/outdoor festival that took place at The Echo + Echo Patio. The two stages of musical performances, for which the band has created a Spotify playlist to help fans get familiar with the lineup, was joined by live art installations, zine tables with multiple contributors, a photo booth provided by Marcella Ambriz, tarot card readers and a laser light show providing a carnival for the senses.
Hailing from the Space Coast region of Florida, Chris Hess (vocals and guitar) and Adam Winn (percussion and harmonica) released their first EP–Feel— in 2013. The following year, the two moved to Los Angeles in one of the most important moves of their life and began work on what would become their 2015 release, the Beverly Hells EP on 24West Records. Beverly Hells would go on to be named on of Buzzband LA’s EP’s of the year and received coverage everywhere from Noisey to Consequence of Sound and Nylon, firmly establishing the band amongst a much larger audience.
The city of Los Angeles is deeply woven into SWIMM’s story. Since relocating to LA, both the beautiful, open-minded side of the city and it’s sometimes vapid plasticity have served as muses for the band’s music. In its creative community, SWIMM’s Chris Hess and Adam Winn have found a family that has propelled them to push the artistic envelope at each turn in their story. They have even added two members of their Los Angeles family, Hany Zayan and Marton Bizits, to the SWIMM lineup. It is for that reason that the band has chosen to place so much time and effort into the Love You Down Festival in order to ensure it is the sort of celebration that the City of Angels (fallen and not) deserves.