Swami Lushbeard | Who You Were?

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Who You Were?

by Swami Lushbeard

"If Better Than Ezra was infused with the Stone Temple Pilots, Swami Lushbeard would be the result. Innovative music, catchy lyrics and like a tidal wave that just keeps getting bigger, this band will flood your senses". -Tom Laurie, Erebus Entertainment
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Silver Bodycase
4:29 $0.99
2. Another Reason
3:26 $0.99
3. Legion
3:18 $0.99
4. Memories & Bills
4:47 $0.99
5. Broken Record
3:58 $0.99
6. Woman:disassembled
3:59 album only
7. Obligatory Pop Song
4:29 $0.99
8. Out of Soul
4:59 $0.99
9. K-Town
4:00 $0.99
10. Jesus Christ Handle
5:21 $0.99
11. Turn Signal
3:35 $0.99
12. Revolving Door
3:57 $0.99
13. Innocent
4:51 $0.99
14. Wishful Thinking
3:43 album only
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Album Notes
CD Review: Swami Lushbeard “Who You Were?”

Based in Los Angeles but hailing from various parts of the country, Swami Lushbeard is comprised of Don Sprouls (Philadelphia) on vocals and guitar, Danny Kopel (L.A.) on keys and accordion, Andre Howie (Virginia) on bass, and Ian Michaels (Chicago) on drums. Coming from a variety of regions and backgrounds, this quartet has combined their backgrounds, influences and talents to create the album Who You Were? It begins with “Silver Bodycase” and Swami Lushbeard makes it evident that their sound is comprised of much piano and guitar. Don’s vocals are solid and his pleasing voice can bring to mind a young Bon Jovi.

“Another Reason” kicks off with a nice bass line from Andre and some screaming guitar work from Don. Danny on keys keeps right up and Ian on drums makes sure everything stays up-tempo and rocking. This track has an edgy feel to it and Don’s vocals are rugged at some parts and seductive in others. The overall sense this track gives is one of excellent collaboration amongst the band members. “Legion” is a slower piece with solid instrumentation throughout. The twangy guitar rhythm in the background is a great touch and there is a melancholy vibe to this one that will make it a listener favorite.

“Memories & Bills” is a lyrically sound piece that many people will be able to relate to. Don’s voice is reminiscent of Vinnie Dombroski of Sponge and his guitar solo is excellent. The rest of the band does not disappoint and this song cruises right along. “Broken Record” starts slowly with some exceptional acoustic guitar work with a western flair. Don’s vocals are perhaps the best we’ve heard so far and this is when the listener will truly appreciate his talent and that of the other gentlemen of Swami Lushbeard. With its catchy rhythm and intriguing lyrics, this will be a song that fans clamor to hear performed live.

Who You Were? continues with “Woman: Disassembled,” which really showcases the eccentric rhythm that this collective has mastered. It tends to feel slightly choppy from time to time, and not quite comfortable, but this is precisely why people will love it. It’s unique and Swami Lushbeard combines a plethora of sounds and rhythms into their own signature melody that is unmistakable. “Obligatory Pop Song” is exactly what it should be. Every album needs a pop song. This is it. And it’s just about perfect too. The band really comes together in this piece. Everything about this track is mired with talent and it simply sounds wonderful. The “Obligatory Pop Song” is what the fans will want to hear, and this should be the first single. It would also be a treat to see performed live. “Out of Soul” is another classic Swami Lushbeard track with eccentric and almost out of tune coordination, but not quite. There is so much going on in this piece that the listener may not be sure what to grasp first, but the overall effect is one of chaotic harmony and the lyrics carry a subtle sense of humor that should not go unnoticed. When the song slows down and Danny on keys takes over, this track goes from mediocre to exceptional. When Don shreds the guitar to hell and back, this track goes from exceptional to excellent. Some of the best instrumentation on the album is contained in this song. “K-Town” gives Ian on drums his chance to shine, and shine he does. This song starts off mellow and there is some great harmonizing going on in this one. This piece goes up, down and all around in the best Swami Lushbeard fashion and fans won’t know what to expect next.

“Jesus Christ Handle” has a fantastic guitar hook and the lyrics are intelligent and well written. The beat of this song is slightly smoother than other pieces. The vocals are the front-runner in this track, but the instrumentation is stellar too. “Turn Signal” may surprise listeners, as it is a bit off the usual Swami Lushbeard path. The guitar rhythm at the start is catchy and Don’s vocals are strong and confident. The piano kicks in and then this track takes off. The beat of this piece is more uplifting that most of the preceding tracks despite the deeper lyrics. We’ve already discovered that this band is an enigma and their music is a wonderful experience of orderly chaos. This piece is just one more original song on a whole album full of them. “Revolving Door” carries some of the best piano work yet and a beat that gets the feet tapping. This track is a crowd pleaser all the way. There isn’t so much going on in this piece that the listener’s head is in a whirl, and there is a perfect balance to this piece with regards to instrumentation, vocals and background noise. This is a cleaner sound that perhaps Swami Lushbeard should utilize more often. The album begins to close with “Innocent,” a soft piece with excellent guitar work, stellar piano playing, and a slick bass line accompanied nicely by the drums.

Who You Were? ends with “Wishful Thinking” and it’s a good choice for the closer. The lyrics are intriguing and will catch the attention. In the best Swami Lushbeard fashion, this piece is eccentrically performed and the rhythm is sometimes smooth and sometimes a bit choppy. This is the classic song that we’ve come to know and love from this band of talented musicians. While there is occasionally too much going on in many of the songs, and the ear isn’t sure what to latch onto first, this is a solid album and there is clearly an overabundance of talent that lies within this group. Their unique way of perceiving and playing music will endear them to listeners and Swami Lushbeard has every reason to be proud of their album Who You Were?

Review by Rhonda Readence
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

CD Review: Swami Lushbeard “Who You Were?”

The band Swami Lushbeard is a four-piece pop/rock band that calls Los Angeles home. The musicians who make up the group consists of: Don Sprouls on guitar/lead vocals, Danny Kopel on keyboards and vocals, Andre Howie on bass and vocals, and Ian Michaels on drums. This quartet released a fourteen-track album entitled Who You Were? Between the fourteen tracks on the release, the songs are split between keyboard-driven and guitar-driven compositions. This helps keep the new release from Swami Lushbeard from getting stale.

Who You Were? by Swami Lushbeard begins with the song “Silver Bodycase”. This first track of the album features Kopel’s piano as the diving force behind the song, while Sprouls’ guitar work helps to fill out the sound on the song about a person who finds their finals resting place inside a “Silver Bodycase”.

With the next song, Swami Lushbeard picks up the pace. While “Silver Bodycase” has a “pop” feel to it, “Another Reason” is quite a bit heavier, with the guitar work of Sprouls leading the way through a song about accepting what happens to us as we go through life.

On the song “Broken Record,” the first forty seconds of the song finds Don Sprouls playing his guitar and singing. After the first verse of the song, the rest of the musicians in the band join him. “Broken Record” also features one of the best examples of harmonizing, as the other vocalists in the band join in to add depth to the lyrics of the song.

“Woman: Disassembled” is one of the most interesting tracks on Who You Were? During the verses of the song, the band plays in one tempo. But during the pre-chorus and chorus of the song, the band changes gears and tempos to create a completely different feeling to the music.

The title to the song “Obligatory Pop Song” is the most apropos title of any of the songs on the album: While all of the songs on Who You Were? by Swami Lushbeard are very “listener-friendly,” it is “Obligatory Pop Song” that sounds the most like something you could hear on the radio airwaves. The commercial feel of the song all but says, “Hit single”.

To add a bit of humor to the album, the band included the song “Jesus Christ Handle”. To my knowledge, this is the only song written about that handle found on the top of the passenger-side door, which is there to help prevent that person from going through the front windshield in the case of a crash. Great song. And the humor in it just makes it that much better.
“Turn Signal” is another track that might be considered “radio-friendly”. From the opening riffs from Sprouls to the structure of the song, this track feels like the band wrote it to be released as a single. “Turn Signal” might just turn into a favorite among the fans of Swami Lushbeard.

Swami Lushbeard has done a great job of creating an album in which the piano and the guitar both get a chance to shine with their new release of Who You Were? Whether it’s on songs like “Silver Bodycase” where the piano is featured, or on songs like “Another Reason” where the guitar takes the lead, the ability to create a style of rock that allows for both instruments to influence the direction the music takes is Swami Lushbeard a very interesting and creative musical outfit.

With this album containing fourteen tracks of rock music that hit the hour mark, there are plenty of musical moments on the release that will make any pop/rock music lover happy. Whether you like guitar-driven songs, or you are more of a fan of keyboard-driven tunes, Who You Were? from Swami Lushbeard is well worth a listen.

You can find the band online at www.swamilushbeard.com. You can also find them on Facebook.

Review by Matheson Kamin

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

5 Star Reviews From iTunes:

This Band Is Hot! - by sinserious
I just saw this band live for the first time and I was extremely impressed. Every member of the band was not just good at what they do, but they were great! It is rare to see every member of a band with such extreme talent. I noticed that there was a passion for the music they were playing that I have not seen in a band for a long time. The music was energetic and the lyrics were innovative. Their sound was unique enough to make them stand out from other bands, yet universal enough to be the next popular radio played band. Don't miss listening to their music and any opportunity to see this band perform. It is a thrilling experience.

Lushy beardness! - by hopperfoto
I've actually seen these guys play out locally in LA several times. It's wonderful to now hear the songs NOT through underpowered PA systems. They've done a great job of bringing the energy and exuberance of their live shows into the studio (something a lot of bands can't seem to do in the days of pro tools and auto tune). I personally really like tracks 5, 6 and 7. There is a lot of intricateness in the arrangements which allows you to hear new nuances at each listen and the lyrics are just plain fun. Oh, and if you were to see the keyboard player, you would understand why the band is named as it is.
Lushy beardiness to all!

Swami Lushbeard - fantastic!
by lmueller
I stopped going to see local LA bands a while back because they all seemed the same to me...
I would go see Swami if I had to walk there barefoot & uphill both ways. This material is fresh, original and very emotional. Terms you don't hear that often with local talent. The cd is very nicely produced and the overall sonic quality is incredible. Tracks to pay special attention to are: Innocent, Woman:Disassembled and Obligatory Pop Song. Any of those 3 could be a single, but the whole cd is truly amazing.

Swami Lushbeard will appease your mind's need for something new while simultaneously feeding your soul some musical comfort food. If you really love good music, this cd is a must for your collection.



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