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Schwervon! is a two piece American Art-Rock band born on the Lower East Side of New York City. Nan Turner (Nan & The One Night Stands) plays drums. Matthew Roth (Major Matt Mason USA) plays guitar. They both sing. Their band name is taken from the warped abbreviation of an urban slang, meaning: “to do something well in one’s own way or in a unique manner, usually involving members of the opposite sex.”
The power of Schwervon! comes from the melding of two unique voices hearkening to a golden age of Punk, Indie, and New Wave music. The result is a band that seems greater than the sum of it’s two parts. As David Gedge of The Wedding Present so eloquently put it: “I’m not sure how just two people manage to make such a big sound!” Schwervon! live shows offer a special sense of spontaneity and occasional humor. Between songs, Matt has been known to recite original poetry while Nan performs spontaneous interpretive dance. These “Intermissions” as they have come to be called offer a singular view into their daily lives as DIY Road Dogs and long standing musical partners. In 2012, a number of factors prompted Schwervon! to move from NYC to Shawnee, Kansas where they presently reside and make music in their basement.
Schwervon’s latest release, Broken Teeth on Haymaker Records, is a mini album of fiery acoustic track recorded in their home. Their last full length album is entitled Courage and was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders). Guest artists include Frances McKee (The Vaselines, Sunny Moon) and Dave Shouse (Grifters, Those Bastard Souls, Mancontrol). Schwervon! have toured the world and performed with Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Wedding Present, Vampire Weekend, Kimya Dawson, The Thermals, R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery), Speedy Ortiz, Jeffrey Lewis, Wussy, The Thalia Zedek Band and other luminaries.
- 2015-07-22 KKFI Wednesday Midday Medley w/ Haymaker Records & KC Psych Fest
On 2015-07-22 KKFI 90.1FM Wednesday Midday Medley‘s Mark Manning interviews Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records about the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Party and Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore about the KC Psych Fest 2015-08-01 Riot Room show. Featured music includes tracks by Schwervon!, Riala, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Ancient River, Psychotic Reaction, and Mysterious Clouds.
- The Bridge (KTBG) Eight One Sixty Radio Podcast feature on Haymaker Records Summer Showcase
Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook was a guest on last week’s Eight One Sixty show on Kansas City public radio station KTBG The Bridge 90.9. The conversation was to promote the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Party at The recordBar on Friday, July 24th. Play the podcast below and listen to featured showcase artists Jorge Arana Trio, Schwervon!, Be/Non, HMPH!, and Riala.
- Haymaker Summer Showcase Party 2015/07/24
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City independent record label Haymaker Records is proud to host its first showcase party on Friday, July 24th at The recordBar. The event, highlighting the first year of Haymaker Records, will feature five musical acts from the Haymaker Records roster and serve as a preview for three full-length vinyl albums to be released by the label over the summer and fall.
The show opens with the three acts with upcoming album releases. Label newcomer and shoegaze indie rock band Riala will see the release of their first album Be Here | Be There in early fall. Math rock duo HMPH! will showcase their technical guitar and drum wizardry in preparation for the release of their first album Headrush due out this summer. Twenty-year Kansas City rock legend Brodie Rush and his band Be/Non will entertain with the spaced-out rock sounds of their upcoming fall release Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic. Closing out the night are sets by Schwervon! and the Jorge Arana Trio. Indie pop duo Schwervon! relocated to Kansas City in 2013 after a decade as a band in New York City. Having completed a month-long tour of the midwest and east coast, Kansas City anxiously awaits their return. The night ends with the Jorge Arana Trio. The Jorge Arana Trio are a three-piece instrumental jazz-fusion math rock hybrid that were the first band to be featured on Haymaker Records. The Oso EP, released on vinyl exactly a year ago, was met with high praises from local and national media and the band recently completed a three-week tour of south and west coast in May.
A compilation called “Fairgrounds” was released by Haymaker Records on January 1st and featured label artists as well as friends of the label. All the musical acts playing the Summer Showcase Party are featured on the compilation and it is a free download at Haymaker Records bandcamp.
- Schwervon! 2015 East Coast Tour
Schwervon! tour the east coast June / July 2015.
- Haymaker Records Summer / Fall 2015
There is a lot to be excited about this summer / fall with Haymaker Records. Here is what we can tell you about now. Individual details to come soon…
*HMPH! – Headrush LP (Random Opaque Vinyl) – July/August 2015
*Riala – Be Here | Be There LP (Milky Clear Vinyl) – September 2015
*Be/Non – Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic LP (Vinyl) – Fall 2015
*06/05 – Josey Records Soft Opening – Free performances by HMPH!, Riala, and Lazy as part of the soft opening for the new record store Josey Records – Kansas City.
*06/12 – 07/11 – Schwervon! begin a tour of the U.S..
*07/22 – Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook will be a guest on Mark Manning’s Wednesday MidDay Medley program on KKFI Kansas City public radio.
*07/03 – Crossroads Block Party – Free block party run by Golden Sound Records, featuring Monta at Odds and Your Friend
*07/24 – Haymaker Records Showcase @recordBar – This is the first Haymaker Records showcase, featuring Riala, HMPH!, Be/Non, Schwervon!, and Jorge Arana Trio
- Schwervon! Live at Shea Stadium Brooklyn, NY 2014-12-02
- Fairgrounds – FREE Indie/Experimental Sampler from Haymaker Records
This is a collection of experimental and indie music from the Kansas City area. This collection of songs represents 2014 releases on the Haymaker Records label, some future Haymaker Records releases, and other recordings by friends of the label. Indie-pop, math rock, jazz, psych, post rock, synthesizer quartets – it’s all viewed the same, as part of a greater cerebral experience – thinking man’s music, if you will. This is to be released in limited numbers on cassette. Of course you can always buy the full albums from the artists or, if released on Haymaker Records, from the Haymaker website. Thanks… and enjoy -brenton
- Fuck It. Be Nice.
For a limited time, buy a CD copy of Schwervon!‘s new album “Broken Teeth” and get a digital download card advance of the new poetry album “Fuck It. Be Nice” by Schwervon!’s Matt Roth. Hear a track here. This is a compilation of Matt’s show poems, originally performed live at various Schwervon! shows throughout 2013 and 2014. All words and musical backing tracks were were created by Matt. All sounds were produced in the summer and fall of 2014 at Olive Juice Music Studios in Shawnee, Kansas.
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- Live KKFI – 2014/10/01 Wednesday Midday Medley – Haymaker Records / Schwervon! / Monta at Odds / KC Psych Fest
KKFI 90.1FM Kansas City community radio host Mark Manning hosts a weekly radio show called Wednesday Midday Medley. October 1st, the guests were Dedric Moore of the bands Monta at Odds and Gemini Revolution and Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records to discuss the upcoming Monta at Odds Robots of Munich release as well as the upcoming KC Psych Fest on October 9-11th at recordBar in Kansas City, MO. Schwervon! join as guests to talk about their new Haymaker Records release Broken Teeth and discuss their upcoming tour and release party at FOKL in Kansas City, KS on October 3rd. The group plays “Flaming Dragonfly” live acoustically over the airwaves. Stream the podcast of this show from the player below. Get the notes and tracklist for this podcast here.
- Schwervon! CD Release Party at FOKL on October 3, 2014
556 Central Avenue
Kansas City, KS
$5 – ALL AGES