Swami Lushbeard | A Burning Desire

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A Burning Desire

by Swami Lushbeard

In today's world of instant messaging, ego-massaging ergonomic success stories, the mundane is the divine! Is there anything we won't share about? What about our truth?
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1. Stay Lost
4:39 $0.99
2. My Best Thinking
4:54 $0.99
3. The Bottom
5:52 $0.99
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We all have something to say, something burning inside us... waiting to define us. Passion, art or opinion makes no difference if we're afraid to let go of what it might become. In today's world of instant messaging, ego-massaging ergonomic success stories, the mundane is the divine! Is there anything we won't share about? What about our truth?
When the most trivial happening is a headline, the most run of the mill revelation a reality show, is our status really up to date? Sometimes what we don't say can kill us.

With "A Burning Desire", Swami Lushbeard takes a journey to the desert of the truth, the whole truth and nothing even remotely close to the truth.

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“A Burning Desire” Review
by www.jamsphere.com

Swami Lushbeard’s story began at an airplane mock-up facility in Los Angeles, transformed into a rehearsal space. A few friends with a desire to be a part of something much larger than themselves gathered to make music, and before any of them realized it, they had started a new journey.

The band says that: “There was the idea of not so much believing what we’ve seen, but in seeing what we believe. We were ready to commit art. We needed a way to describe what we felt right at that moment… We needed someone or something to guide us and show us the way. An all-inclusive idea that would match our desire to master our inner-selves while looking cool doing it.”

Thus Swami Lushbeard came to life, bringing together two of rock n roll’s most beloved and essential instruments, the piano and the guitar, which are featured throughout the band’s music. They have recently released their Ep “A Burning Desire” which contains 3 tracks namely, “Stay Lost”, ”My Best Thinking”, and the “The Bottom”.

The three songs work great together, almost like it’s a concept Ep, and reading the band’s synopsis on the creation of “A Burning Desire”, this is not too far from the truth, considering that Swami Lushbeard describes the songs on the Ep as taking “…a journey to the desert of the truth, the whole truth and nothing even remotely close to the truth.” Clearly alluding to their interrogatory statement; “In today’s world of instant messaging, ego massaging ergonomic success stories, the mundane is the divine! Is there anything we won’t share about? What about our truth?”, they ask.

Every track on this Ep bristles with energy and passion. They truly sound like a band on a mission. They don’t spout off empty sarcasm and arrogance, like many of their counterparts, but truly examine the collective psyche of society. What amazes me most about Swami Lushbeard is the fact that they do what they do, no matter what the trends in music are currently dictating. While the mainstream is desperately seeking out the next trendsetter, Swami Lushbeard keep busy making great rock and roll on their own terms.

The Ep kicks off with “Stay Lost”, a relentlessly catchy and to-the-point opener. “My Best Thinking” is a colorfully sprawling, mid-tempo, acoustic guitar arrangement. “The Bottom”is my favorite track on the Ep; it represents the band at their atmospheric best, and includes some oblique counterpoint breakdowns, that remind me of both the golden grunge era and classic 70’s rock.

All throughout the Ep, there are nasty grooves and killer playing from Don Sprouls on Guitar (and Vocals), Danny Kopel on Keyboards and Accordion, and Andre Howie on Bass. Ian Michaels on drums plays tasteful and innovative beats and fills, rather than hammering out the usual tasteless, powerhouse fodder.

Overall Swami Lushbeard is a powerfully strong unit and seem to have full control of their music, making everything sound really catchy and inspiring on “A Burning Desire”. Intelligent dynamic energy is on hand here, while the band has it’s finger on the pulse of what makes good rock n’ roll, and why it ever came into being in the first place.


“A Burning Desire” Review
by Tom Lohrmann

“A Burning Desire” begins with ‘Stay Lost’, featuring a strong verse, a marvelous intro, and a unique groove. This song sounds like something you’d hear on ’90s radio, with a unique, individualistic twist. The keys and moving bass line add fullness to the song, and the lead guitar lines are tasteful and don’t step over any of the other instrumentation. The guitar solo is especially a highlight, along with the contemplative lyrics in each chorus.

‘My Best Thinking’ follows with a great guitar intro that leads into a musically diverse and extremely theoretical composition. Swami Lushbeard uses challenging time signatures and dissonance to their advantage, while always seeming to resolve musically at the appropriate place and time. Everything fits and works so well together in this song, as none of the instruments fight against each other for the spotlight, and allow the vocals to shine through strong and clear.

The EP concludes with ‘The Bottom’, an ever-flowing number with stellar instrumentation.

Each track is mixed and produced very well and it is almost impossible to classify the music of Swami Lushbeard by genre. I heard many genres and eras in their material, making this EP a breath of fresh air in the world of over-produced, auto-tuned, computerized recordings. Nothing seems out of place on this EP, as everything is so different in the best way possible. Most bands that I review on this blog have issues in their recordings, whether that be poor musicianship, undeveloped songwriting, or bad production. None of these problems were found on this EP, which was extremely ambitious and lives up to the billing, going far above and beyond my expectations.

Swami Lushbeard makes their sound work so well as a group, and I know there are only positive adventures ahead for the band. “A Burning Desire” is highly recommended, displaying a soft rock edginess not found in other music, whether it be from today or yesterday

- view original article on www.tomlohrmannmusic.com


“A Burning Desire” Review
by www.indiebandguru.com

Music can be much more than just sound transferred to awaiting ears. When there is a meaning behind the music that a group puts together it can become much bigger than itself. Sometimes a band of talented musicians will have the same ideals in more than just music and great ideas can be hatched. This seems to be the situation with the fabulously named Swami Lushbeard.

The Los Angeles based 4-piece combine elements of classic rock with the diverse musical and geographic background of each of its members. Swami Lushbeard brings instrumentation not heard together much in today’s musical landscape. When you put together band members Don Sprouls (Philadelphia) on guitar and vocals, Danny Kopel (Los Angeles) on keys and accordion, Andre Howie (Virginia) on bass, and Ian Michaels (Chicago) on drums the mash up of styles creates something much bigger than the sum of its parts. This is a group of people ready to express their thoughts and make art.

The latest release by Swami Lushbeard is the 3-song EP “A Burning Desire”. The concept is about letting out the thoughts burning inside and being unafraid of the world and its consequences. The band says the record “takes a journey to the desert of the truth, the whole truth and nothing even remotely close to the truth.” The opening track ‘Stay Lost’ has that LA grime feel as it builds and builds. The musicianship is phenomenal especially the guitar and drum work throughout the song. On mellow and thought provoking ‘My Best Thinking’ the group slows it down slightly to let the listener enter into the bands mindset. This reviewer’s favorite track has to be the unique ‘The Bottom’. Beginning with an accordion and spooky sound it sucks you in and then turns to a 70’s style slick vocal play. Again the band members show off their skill with their instruments in creating something that can be truly appreciated throughout each part of the almost schizophrenic song. Great listening.

Go enter the world of Swami Lushbeard, you will not be disappointed.

By Indie Band Guru



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