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The Swimmers: 'Heaven'

This Philly quartet will make you dance.
This Philly quartet will make you dance.

The Swimmers' first full length from Mad Dragon records, called 'Fighting Trees,' is infused with the spirit of catchy, upbeat '60s-inspired rock. The songs are simple, melodic and sweet without being mawkish. It's a fun sound with bright keyboard riffs and a thin layer of harmonies between front man Steve Yutzy-Burkey and his wife, keyboardist Krista Yutzy-Burkey.

Steve Yutzy-Burkey has a slightly raspy, mellow voice set against jangly guitars on the featured track, "Heaven." Staccato rhythms lay the foundation for hard-to-resist head-bopping, toe-tapping bliss. It's straightforward, sunny indie-pop laced with nostalgic songwriting.

The band has a diverse background in music: frontman Steve Yutzy-Burkey is a self-taught guitarist while bassist Rick Sieber idolized Paul McCartney. Drummer Scott French role-played Run-DMC and Rikki Rockett from Poison with his brother. They each share a love for The Kinks, The Beatles and The Zombies, which is easily heard on almost every song.

The Swimmers hope to "give people things to hold their interest at a lot of different levels" in their upcoming March tour to promote Fighting Trees. The band has already developed a strong following — a good sign for a group that leaves their success "up to the audience."

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