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Fit to Swing "Thousand Ways to Die" - Review

 

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Fit to Swing

 

By: Tammy Carbonetto

Music Journalist | Boston Rock Radio

 

Nick Lannan - Vocals

Jamie Greenlaw - Drums

George Aslan - Guitar

Steve Feith - Bass

Mike Mawhinney - Guitar

 

Bio (from their Facebook page): Death tinged Groove Metal from Western Mass that draws inspiration from Death Metal and Hardcore Punk. -- A little more that I asked from the band themselves: Fit To Swing was started as an all out Hardcore band in 2010 with 2 guitars, a bass, and drums. After going through many vocalists, Nick was asked to join in 2012. “I actually got involved with the band by luck, because the original bassist Matt Rogers used to stop by my job and talk music.”, Lannan says. Rogers extended an invite to try out for vocals and that was it. Nick had already been in the local scene for a good 5 years. Soon after he joined the second guitarist left due to creative differences so the band continued on with one guitarist and made a CD in 2013-2014. At the end of 2015, the original bassist left the band to pursue a home life, so for 3-4 months they had no bassist. Eventually, they asked Steve Feith to come up and try for bass, and with him came Mike Mawhinney who was added as another guitar, “and now the sound is much more particular and full sounding. The thing that we think sets us apart from the everyday metal and hardcore bands, is the chemistry between band members and the way we display the sort of old school punk and thrash drive with a more modern death metal pull. Our guitarist George Aslan and Drummer Jamie Greenlaw have been jamming together since the late 80s in the Hardcore Punk scene. Our Bassist Steve Feith and guitarist Mike Mawhinney have been in bands together since 91'.”

 

Savage. Absolutely brutal vocals and lyrics from Nick Lannan. When I listen to anything, I look for a song name that pulls to me first. First song I chose to listen to was, their self-titled “Fit to Swing” and wow, did it ever deliver. Brought me right back to my first ever show, in college with local Long Island, NY hardcore bands -- where I first found my love of hardcore! Fit to Swing smacks you in the head with the melodies of their tunes and the deep growls and loud screams are like a wake up call to your raw angry soul. Mosh, anyone? That’s a hard ‘Yes’.

 

Then the lyrics, now this is my absolute favorite part… You can actually understand the lyrics! It’s an easy comprehension even though they are screamed and growled, sometimes just sung. But all of it, you can pull the words from. Phenomenal. “A New Way” is my second favorite and while the lyrics hold their own merit, you can fit them into your own scenarios of life as well. Relatable, but with a higher meaning for whatever they were written for. Impressive! I can only imagine it is difficult to be able to write lyrically in such a way.

 

The change-ups give an excellent prelude to the emotion coming in the next bit of the songs. From the vocals to the drums, guitars, and bass -- it is all well thought out and layered together meticulously to give you a real hard and ruthless insight into the lyrics, and however it is you personally emote to the music or song as a whole.

 

My suggestion? Turn it up, drive around and scare passersby while you sing along, and wait for their dumbfounded expressions. Throw up the metal horns, and continue to your destination as you giggle evilly inside. Rock the hell out of this! Find them here: https://www.facebook.com/FitToSwing/ 

 

Peace, Love, & Metal!

Tammy

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