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Swear and Shake

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Swear and Shake in Nashville, TN. January 2016.
Swear and Shake in Nashville, TN. January 2016.

Swear and Shake was an indie folk band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Formed in 2010 by Kari Spieler (vocals, lyrics, guitar), Adam McHeffey (vocals, lyrics, guitar, banjo), the band included Shaun Savage (electric bass).[1][2] Time Out New York described their sound as "postcard-perfect indie folk with an undercurrent of sly humor." [3] Swear and Shake self-identify their sound as "Big Hook Americana".[4] The band relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Nashville, Tennessee, in November, 2014, to write their second full-length record. On November 23, 2017, via social media, the band announced their breakup and that they will be moving onto new projects after 7 years as Swear and Shake. [5]

The Sound of Letting Go LP

In 2016 Swear and Shake ran a second crowdfunding campaign for "The Sound of Letting Go," their second full-length set of recordings. It was recorded in Richmond, VA, at Spacebomb Studios. The 13-track LP was on June 2, 2017 under the band's independent label, Pots and Pans Records.

Maple Ridge LP

In 2012 Swear and Shake released their debut album Maple Ridge. The band's campaign to fund the record through the crowd funding website Kickstarter exceeded its goal by $750.00.[6] The record gained the band attention amongst notable independent music blogs, with My Old Kentucky Blog featuring Swear and Shake in their New Band Smell section,[7] multiple features in The Deli Magazine,[8][9] and The Blue Indian naming Swear and Shake as their Band Of The Month for December 2012.[10]



  • Adam McHeffey (2010–present)
  • Kari Spieler (2010–present)
  • Shaun Savage (2010–present)

Past Members:

  • Tom Elefante (2010 - 2012)
  • Benny Goldstein (2013 - 2015)


Year Title Tracks Notes
2010 Extended Play
  1. Being and Time
  2. The Promise
  3. Johnnie
  4. Truckstop Flower
  5. Bones
2011 For Better, For Worse - Single
  1. For Better, For Worse
2012 Maple Ridge
  1. Marbles
  2. These White Walls
  3. Suddenly
  4. Find Her Way
  5. Summer in a New State
  6. Humming to a Sea Snail
  7. Moving Parts
  8. Wrecking Ball
  9. Hand and Foot, Heart and Soul
  10. The Light
2013 Brother - Single
  1. Brother
2013 Fire - Single
  1. Fire
2014 "Ain't That Lovin"
  1. Like You Do
  2. Wishful Thinking on Seagrass Shoal
  3. Daggers
  4. Good as Gone
  5. Be Your Strength
2014 "I'm Not The Only One"
  1. I'm Not The Only One
Sam Smith cover
2014 Holiday Split Single
  1. Santa, My First Love
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2015 I'm Looking Through You
  1. I'm Looking Through You
Featured on Looking Through You: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul
2016 Christmas Is You
  1. Christmas Is You
2017 Tear Us Apart
  1. Tear Us Apart - Single
2017 The Sound of Letting Go
  1. Tear Us Apart
  2. Not For Nothing
  3. Two Years Lost
  4. Friendly Fire
  5. Falling In Love
  6. Blouses
  7. Tina
  8. Until Someone Does It To You
  9. Love Radiating
  10. Landing Planes
  11. Easier To Do
  12. The Sound Of Letting Go
  13. How We Fight
Released June 2, 2017


  1. ^ Warren, Bruce. http://thekey.xpn.org/2013/10/17/my-morning-download-by-brother-by-swear-and-shake-playing-world-cafe-live-october-19th/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Wakefield, Kylie Jane. "Swear and Shake on the Rise in New York City". Greenpoint Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Communion: Swear and Shake + Matthew Ryan + Zane Carney + Micah + Last Good Tooth". Retrieved 21 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Jacques, Amy. "On The Verge". Relix Magazine.
  5. ^ "Swear and Shake". m.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  6. ^ Antonetti, Devon. "Swear And Shake: Raucous indie folk, reinvented by Long Island purists". Retrieved 22 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "New Band Smell: Swear and Shake". Retrieved 22 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Swear and Shake".
  9. ^ "The Deli's BK Bazaar show with Emily Wells, Devin, Swear & Shake and Live Footage". Retrieved 23 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ http://www.theblueindian.com/features/band-of-the-month/december-2012-band-of-the-month-swear-and-shake/

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