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Once The Process

by Swiss Guards

Serious indie music with bitter sweet Mancunian soul, maintaining a pop/punk ethic.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Intro
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2. Hospital List #1
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3. Simple Pleasures
3:31 $0.99
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4. Speeds Up
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5. This Boy
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6. Isolation
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7. Cold
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8. Too Cool For Me
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9. Everything I Own
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10. Better Weather
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11. Sleeping Well Tonight
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12. Isolated
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13. Hospital List #2
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14. Outro
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Amusingly droll lo-fi art-rockers...A collection of rough edged, twitchy songs that has them sounding like a sardonic Modern Lovers with a large dose of Northern Grit....Intro, Hospital List #1 and Simple Pleasures all spark with raw energy".
The Wire September 2004

swiss guards are Adam Turner and Harvey Sharman-Dunn (HSD).

swiss guards believe they are the future, but they don't know of what.
swiss guards are anti-retro, anti-revivalist, anti-war.
swiss guards are pro a thousand artists, writers, bands and records that don't need to be mentioned here.
swiss guards can bring the noise and bring the pain.

The band started as a scam, a virtual band.
Adam Turner and former member Dom Utton both wrote for a local Manchester arts magazine and decided to hype a band that didn't exist, slip interviews, live reviews and record releases past the dozy editors and see how far they could run with it. Interviews written, T-shirts printed, photographs taken, band inserted into gig listings.

Whist staying with Harvey Sharman-Dunn (who had an eight track studio and a lifetime's worth of pissing about in bands, such as Chomsky and more recently Bocca) they then went and spoilt the whole thing by writing some songs, and worse, recording them.
With occasional help from drumming-mountaineer Neil Barnett, a sound emerged - looped beats, scuzzy guitars, fluffed notes, "anti-guitar" guitar solos, acoustic guitars, 70's organs, kids percussion all mashed together.
There was no ego.

swiss guards cancelled gigs left, right and the middle-of-nowhere to hone the songs on plastic. Lyrically the tracks tell various tales -wide-eyed enjoyment of life's simple pleasures; imaginary meetings between dead actors and writers at Imaginary service stations; the inability to write a proper love song; overheard and found sentences; and detailed descriptions of the traumatic year spent in a bone marrow unit with a two year old. In other words, the standard lyrical fare of daytime radio.

Quotes
"I've heard enough of this -what else have you got?" Pete "pop idol" Waterman
"I know you -where do I know you from?" Bill Drummond

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Gary Shandling

Top Hole What! Bingo tunes and buster guitar!
Once long ago in a in a far away city. A mild mannered wooden ankled fellow started making music that broke boundaries and ear drums, now he is breaking the bank! with this profound and dazzling debut of torn and tainted music. Harvo sharpan effortlessly rocks the vote of the listener, and you kinda know where his biscuits are buttered! Totally Wired but not really worried.

I bought 6!
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chiffron

cool, If Bez likes it its good enough for me.
the best thing out of the UK since the Happy Mondays
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John Paul

Slow burn, high octane, pure soul, Manc love, electonic guitars
This is the first new thing I've heard which doesn't sound like anything else- Mancunian monotony but in a good way, using guitars and electronics, samples and loops-think of the Beta Band, Beck, Badly Drawn Boy, Warp Records. Someone involved in the making of this record has seen some bleak times (possibly medical?) and has been unafraid to write about them. Some beautiful songs for lovers and children perhaps? This is punky and electro, pure and artificial. I suggest you give this record a go. A Big Love.
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blistering sonic invention
Once in while something comes along straight out of leftfield and knocks you out of your apathy towards music.
try this out and you will hear pure blistering sonic and lyrical invention. I don't know what these guys are on or the dark places they've been to but they are pushing barriers once they domain of sonic youth whilst still remaining incredibly accessible. stick with it there are some beautiful moments, and some truly frightening ones too(not in a cartoon marilyn manson way either).
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monkeyboy

Delicate beauty and total rage
I took a chance on this mostly cos I liked the band name, but now I've played it back-to-back pretty much since. If the Moldy Peaches came from Manchester they might make music like this... there are moments of delicate beauty and moments of total rage - tracks like Speed Up show the band can write sweet melodies, and others like Isolated show they know a bit about cutting loose and mashing it up too. Overall - weird, but brilliant, and most of all, totally NEW. And I can't get the hook on Simple Pleasures out of my head.
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monkeyboy

Delicate beauty and total rage
I took a chance on this mostly cos I liked the band name, but now I've played it back-to-back pretty much since. If the Moldy Peaches came from Manchester they might make music like this... there are moments of delicate beauty and moments of total rage - tracks like Speed Up show the band can write sweet melodies, and others like Isolated show they know a bit about cutting loose and mashing it up too. Overall - weird, but brilliant, and most of all, totally NEW. And I can't get the hook on Simple Pleasures out of my head.
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