AHBL - Louden Swain
Louden Swain is an American indie rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 1997. The members consist of lead singer and guitarist Rob Benedict, guitarist Billy Moran, bassist Michael Borja, and drummer Stephen Norton.
Over the course of nearly two decades, the world-class D.I.Y. rock quartet has quietly built a powerful body of recordings, earning a fervent grass-roots fan base and an impressive backlog of critical acclaim. The resourceful combo has released a series of impressively accomplished albums, toured successfully throughout North America and Europe, and emerged as a popular Youtube sensation - all without the support of a mainstream record label.
A knack for seizing the moment has been a key element of Louden Swain's character since day one. Taking their collective moniker from the plucky protagonist of the '80s film Vision Quest, Benedict, Norton and bassist Mike Borja launched the band in 1997, after meeting at Northwestern University in Illinois. Their raw, punk-inspired early sound quickly expanded into a more adventurous and experimental sensibility, while maintaining the appealingly tuneful, emotionally open approach that first endeared the group to its fans on the early releases 2001's Able-Legged Heroes and 2003’s Overachiever. The addition of lead guitarist Billy Moran in 2006 allowed the longtime bandmates to finally create the music that they'd been hearing in their heads. Those epic visions manifested themselves on the albums Suit and Tie (2006), A Brand New Hurt (2007), Eskimo (2011) and Sky Alive (2014).
Benedict attributes the band's longevity and perseverance to their time-tested friendship. "We've grown up together," he says. "There is a shorthand that we all use, and a mutual trust we have when we play music together. We might fight like brothers, but when it comes making music, we're solid."
The upbeat energy and irresistible melodic sensibility that have already endeared Louden Swain to their loyal fans are all over the band's seventh album No Time Like the Present. The sterling set offers 12 powerful examples of the band's dynamic songcraft, from such infectious, lyrically evocative tunes as "Leg Up," "Juliet," "Change The Locks" and "This Is How" to more intimate acoustic numbers like "Numb" and "Over Before It Began."