Eora/Sydney-based pop-punk bandÂ A Swift FarewellÂ have reformed with a new line-up and have offered the first taste of new music with their heartfelt single Sorry â€“ produced byÂ Mark WilliamsonÂ (Inertia,Â Keepsake) and further engineering fromÂ Chris Blancato (Northlane, Vilify,Â Reliqa).
SorryÂ begins with poignant vocals from frontmanÂ Ryo SprottÂ before exploding into action, heightened by the vigorous guitars fromÂ Sarah BonnetÂ and resounding drums performed byÂ Dwayne Morris. The song‘s verses set the emotional undertones by balancing controlled tension with dynamic intricacies, before propelling into a prominent chorus, bursting with intensity and enhanced with skilful production. A resounding bridge offers uplifted variety and reprieve, before the song hurls towards its emphatic finale.
“Sorry explores a time where I felt like every negative situation I was in was caused by me,”Â explains vocalist Ryo Sprott.Â “Relationships falling apart, band members leaving, etc., I felt like I was responsible for other people’s feelings and for making them leave me. The line ‘Held you too close / I squeezed your life away’ was written about an ex who broke up with me. At the time, I thought that it was my fault because I had cared too much, tried too hard and had suffocated them instead of giving them space. I found out later it wasn’t the reason they had left.”
Alongside the release is the evocative accompanying video â€“ filmed, directed and edited by Oliver Clark from Dunelabs. Shot at Rosebery Studios, the clip features the band performing the track in light and dark settings, while following a plot that shows the result of emotional impairment.
“The storyline of this video follows the song’s theme: feeling like your words and action are hurting someone else,”Â comments guitarist and songwriter Sarah Bonnet.Â “The first actor is spitting black paint, which represents the words coming out of his mouth, as well as his actions. The second actor is crying black paint, which represents the hurt that these words and actions caused. The first is trying to say he’s sorry, but it’s too late and he can’t fix the damage that’s already done.”
To celebrate the release, the band will be travelling to Naarm/Melbourne in March to perform at Perish Fest alongside the likes of Bloom, Better Half, Future Static and many more beloved heavy acts. This continues on from having recently shared the stage with Yours Truly, Young Lions, Rumours, PAPERWEIGHT and Heroes For Hire.
Previous releases have seen widespread support fromÂ Spotify,Â Apple Music,Â triple j,Â triple j Unearthed,Â Triple MÂ andÂ idobi RadioÂ (USA). They’ve also received online praise from Alternative PressÂ (USA),Â Blunt Magazine,Â Hysteria Magazine,Â Music Feeds,Â Backseat Mafia,Â Good Call Live Live,Â MANIACSÂ andÂ ABC‘sÂ rage.
A Swift Farewell are made up of three close friends that pour their heart into every song they create, exploring the dark and vulnerable nuances of life through the power of music. Since mid-2022, the band have spent their time rebranding as a trio and doubling down on their emo roots and influences. With a freshly upgraded live show and plenty of new music on the way, A Swift Farewell are gearing up for a promising start to 2023.
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