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Exclusive: The Big Sway Share New Single & Video “Within My Reach”
Boston’s psychedelic punk rock trio, The Big Sway, have released Within My Reach, the fourth single off their forthcoming second full-length, We Made This For You, that is due out in October. This genre-defying band has already built a reputation for their raucous live sound, and their ability to traverse vast musical landscapes, often within a single song. Combining elements of punk, noise-rock, psychedelic, garage-rock and funk, there are both experimentation and immediacy in their music reminiscent of Frank Zappa or Dead Kennedys, with a twist of primal esoteric a la Primus, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard or Tom Waits.
We Made This For You is The Big Sway‘s second full-length album, and represents a conscious maturation of songwriting for the trio. We Made This For You was produced in 2018 and 2019, and originally slated for an early 2020 release. When the pandemic arrived, the band reimagined how to release this album in a changed world. Ultimately, bassist and visual artist, Joe MacFadzen, set out to assemble a roster of Boston-based video artists to expand this musical album into a fully visual experience. A unique music video was created for each of the nine songs on the album. Each one a collaboration completed in a pandemic, by artists eager to get back to creating work, and to collaborate with one of Boston’s most beloved DIY bands. Together, the videos are a time capsule, and a gift of honest entertainment offered by The Big Sway and their friends, to you.
“Within My Reach is a song about overcoming personal demons. A major turning point in my life was when I decided to quit drinking alcohol. These lyrics were written in the foggy, confused months prior to making that decision. I remember them being very difficult to write, and also, at the time, not quite knowing what they were about. It wasn’t until a few years later that I realized the lyrics were an attempt to find a way out of that terrible mental place I was in because of my relationship with alcohol. After making this retrospective realization about the meaning of the lyrics, the idea for the video came together, and we all worked on the story as a team, each drawing ideas from our own personal journeys of self improvement. It was one of the most fun videos for us to make because we were all finally able to get together again after the pandemic, and go play in the woods and make some art. It made us all feel like kids again. “ (bassist & vocalist Joe MacFadzen)