Haunting The Chapel

The Swan King – “Good Deeds” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Swan King’s a heavy rock/punk Robert Fripp-inspired trio from Chicago featuring guitarist/vocalist Dallas Thomas (Circle Of Animals, ex-Asschapel), bassist Jamie Drier (ex-Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Zafar Musharraf. Their forthcoming eight-song Sanford Parker recorded debut Eyes Like Knives, which follows the 2009 demo Good Deeds, is reminiscent of Drive Like Jehu’s Yank Crime and Unwound in equal measures. It’s worth starting with post-“Test Tone” opener “Good Deeds,” but the entire album’s a lot of fun, especially if you have a ’90s post-hardcore itch that needs scratching.

The Swan King – “Good Deeds”

Eyes Like Knives:

01 “Test Tone”
02 “Good Deeds”
03 “Cloaked Into The Facade”
04 “Peace Love Murder”
05 “Dead Man’s Shadow”
06 “Entertain The King”
07 “Staring Through Skulls”
08 “Invisible Hands”
09 “Eyes Like Knives”

Eyes Like Knives is out 2/22 via Seventh Rule. You can hear “Staring Through Skulls” at the band’s MySpace. They’re doing a release show 2/19 at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago (with Chord and Electric Hawk). Look for a tour this Spring/Summer.