We are THE SWAGGER - an original indie-alt rock band from Hornsey, North London UK formed in March 2011. The band consists of two brothers Lee Stevens (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar) and Paul Stevens (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), together with Will O’Connell (Bass Guitar). Originally playing small London pubs and clubs as The Mad Hatters UK as a duo, The Swagger was born in 2011 when the brothers were joined by their friend Will O’Connell.
With influences including The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, and Stereophonics, The Swagger's music is modern acoustic pop-rock with a catchy yet gritty aesthetic, combining melodic 60’s style harmonies and classic 90’s Britpop indie-alternative.
New single 'Heart 'N' Soul', which was released on August 31st (2018). Ahead of this the band previewed their new video, which features a surprising story line and unexpected ending, cloaked in dark humour. A confessional love song based on admiring one's beauty from afar. But before they are ready to take over the world with their sound.
This single follows their eponymous debut EP self-released via Bandcamp limited edition of 100 CD each hand numbered on July 22nd (2016), recorded at the famous Konk studios owned by Ray & Dave Davies of The Kinks in North London and was produced by Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver / The Brian Jonestown Massacre), engineered by Josh Green (Madness, Robbie Williams, Franz Ferdinand). Mixed & Mastered by Pat Collier (The Vibrators) at Perry Vale studios, South London.
The Swagger EP was made up of four original tracks She Gonna Blow My Mind, Stoned, Keep On Fighting & Ride which caused quite a stir during their live performances and have captured peoples attention receiving plenty of awesome reviews around the globe.
The band originally recorded their first demos at Tigersonic Studios (Holloway, North London) in late 2015 with co-producer Felix Macintosh, and pretty soon found their way to Konk Studios in Hornsey, North London with Producer Graham Bonnar and guitar tech Brendan Quinn (Divisionists).
"I saw The Swagger in a local bar near Turnpike Lane. They came on and blew my head off. Live they have the same energy as the early punk bands," explains Graham Bonnar. “Lee has written over a hundred songs and they all could be singles, so I offered to produce their debut EP. We got Pat Collier from The Vibrators fame to mix. Pat did a stellar job. We go way back as he also did Swervedriver's first single "Son of Mustang Ford. I also brought in Brendan Quinn of Divisionist, who I played some shows with last year in Europe with Rosco and Pete Bassman from Spacemen 3".
The band has supported Creation Records' Hurricane #1, arranged through supporter Alan McGee, as well as Slydigs and Trampolene in addition to headlining The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the International Pop Festival 2017, also headlining Bannerman's Bar in Edinburgh and receiving positive acclaim by John Power (Cast/The La's) at Brixton Jamm, London in 2014.
The band are certainly heading in the right direction since recently self-releasing their new single Heart 'N' Soul they have received a bunch of really great reviews from the UK, Canada, USA, Belgium, Brazil, Singapore, plus many other countries around the globe and the future is certainly looking very bright.