"...Evans' crooning vocal delivery and vast, thundering guitar tone threaten to take the duo into space, but David Jobe keeps the material grounded with tasteful, subtly proficient drumming."
Peter Boyle - Divide And Conquer
VOCALS & GUITAR
"...[The Swift Drag] interlace drums, guitars and impassioned vocals into elaborate patterns combining the energy of The Doors and The Black Keys."
Issue 222 (2017) - Rock Society Magazine (UK)
Southern-psychedelic rock duo The Swift Drag hails from Austin, Texas and features Will Evans (vocal, guitar) and David Jobe (drums).
As a guitar and drums based band, they are easily categorized alongside rock duo trail blazers The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Though these well known blues rock duos are an inspiration, the band ultimately takes their musical influences from 60’s-70’s psychedelic rock, blues greats, and 90’s grunge/stoner rock.
The band's sound hinges on Evans’ moody vocals that are interwoven between heavy hitting drums and ear-splitting guitar riffs complimented by moments of melodic release. “Creating a massively layered sound with only guitar, drums, and vocals has become an obsession of ours. I’m always experimenting with new ways to simultaneously orchestrate multiple guitar and vocal effects to create sonic depth in our music. The thrill we get from seeing these ideas come to life and pull people in at a live show is the driving force behind the music we create,” says Evans.
The Swift Drag officially formed in 2014 and their self produced debut release, We Won’t Need That - EP made its way to listeners in 2017. This EP features a total of five songs which were tracked live in a single studio session at Century Recordings in Dripping Springs, Texas. “Our end goal was to do our absolute best to capture the sound and energy of our live performance, and we did just that,” says Jobe.
In 2019 the band went back into the studio to track four new songs and released The Designer (single) in February of 2020 as a limited edition 7” split vinyl by Secret Soup Records out of Austin, Texas which later became available as a digital release. After reluctantly holding on to their recently recorded songs for over two years due to the show stopping pandemic, the band finally released their sophomore EP, Still Sitting Still in June 2022.
In 2023 The Swift Drag was selected to perform as an "Official Artist" at the South By Southwest music festival in their home town and continues on their quest to ‘Wow’ crowds with their own unique flavor of the ‘two-piece band.’ New music is on the way in 2024.