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Swearin’ defies genre and gender roles with rousing, punk-tinged rock

Allison Crutchfield doesn’t wanna have to describe her music

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“Kyle and I weren’t super-close to Keith and Jeff when we started the band, but at the risk of sounding corny, we’re like a little family now,” Crutchfield laughs. “We love each other, love touring together and love playing, so we’ve become this tight, special unit.”

Yet everyone in the band thrives on his or her own. Gilbride, Spencer and Bolt are all active with other bands, both as supporting players and, in Gilbride’s case, as a producer and engineer. Crutchfield also played her first solo show “maybe ever” with punk legend Ted Leo on May 26. “The solo stuff is uncharted territory,” she says. “I’ve been writing songs that I plan to use on my own in the near future, but it will be very much just for me. We’re all the kind of people that have our own goals, and we try to stay focused on those.” (According to the band’s Facebook page, this current East Coast tour will be “our last for a while!”)

When asked whether she and her bandmates have grander goals for Swearin’ – a major record contract, bigger festival appearances, maybe even a star-making turn on late-night TV – Crutchfield demurs. “I don’t necessarily think that’s the road for Swearin’. We’re all pretty comfortable where we’re at – anything more would be a little intense. This band has evolved into something really special for us, but it’s also something we never expected. When we put the first record out, we had no idea people would hear it. It started as a bit of a whirlwind, so now we’re going for the slow burn kind of thing.”

“Whirlwind,” “slow burn” – now those are accurate descriptions of Swearin’s music.

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