The album “Timeless Cool” is the sophomore album of Swamp Music Players(SMP) and not only have we brought together great international artists but as always we have the contribution of great Canadian artists as well! “Timeless Cool” has had a low budget money-wise but there has been lots of effort spent in this indie project by some really great local talent in VictoriaBC as well as Saskatchewan.
Timeless Cool album
The core of SMP is made up of a combination of professional and jazz/classically trained musicians as well as of hopeful non-professionals with lots of spirit. This combination of skilled guys letting their passion for Southern music overrule their strict training and unproven outsiders to the industry giving all their heart comes together to form SMP’s attention getting energy.
SMP also has the help and contributions of many friends and contributors on the upcoming album. Artists and usual suspects that have jammed with us and perforemd with us at dozen of shows and through the hard times. The local Victoria scene is not always easy but their is a wealth of talent and great people.
Oliver Mitchell a tenured member of the Victoria music scene known for bands like “The Gruntles” , “Zinc Gizmo” and most recently OYA . Oliver has been a big supporter of SMP and we have performed onstage together frequently over past couple years at Ocean Island Cafe and more recently Oliver’s shows at Cenote Lounge. Other members of the Mitchell clan have served in SMP, Oliver helms his original “Happy Tribe” on the SMP album. An earthy, swampy, pagan delight of a song.
Brittany Boom is a soulful Punk Rock vocalist from Saskatchewan Canada known for fronting and touring Canada and Europe with the London UK band “The Cleaners“. Brittany has played at SMP shows at The Copper Owl and the Ocean Island Cafe. Brittany is a rare perfect specimen combining this deep Southern soul to her voice alongside with a contemporary rAwK growl and attitude. She sublimely covers “Jackson Square” on our album.
Blake Andison is a local island Heartland Rocker and singer song writer that returns for our second album. He has an amazing catalog of great tunes and a commanding presence on stage and in recording. Blake is known for family band “Day In The Life” and that had a great local run but he is working on more ambitious launch of a solo project. Blake performs an original he wrote “Monterrey Crime of Passion” and a cover of “Sweet Hitchhiker”. Monterrey is a perfect fit for “Timeless Cool”
Hilary Beckett is one of the premier vocalists on Vancouver Island generously returning for our second album. Having appeared at numerous Blues Fests, countless shows and working with top island producers and local music industry. She has been in great bands such as “The Midnights” , “Rainshadow” and “DayintheLife” and currently appears in the video/track for Stevie Guild – I Know It’s Not. Hilary performs a theatrical duet version of Ramones “Poison Heart”.
“Damn Lieutenant” is a local music VIP of the highest caliber and a member of several of the top bands on the island including “The Revival BC“. Proudly adopting his “Swamp Name” that damn lieutenant quickly got to work along with SMP drummer Earl Jr to work with a special collaboration with RJ Comer a cover of “Return of the One Percenter” as well as a duet with Hilary Beckett.
Matt S. Franke is a phenomenal musical talent now calling the island his home. Matt was a staple of SMP’s weekly live shows during the grind of 2012 and 2013 with his soulful spin on rock’n’roll being a good mesh with the Swamp. Surprisingly having only helped write and front one track with SMP in the studio so far that single “Weeping Dynamite” is testing well and will lead our album. The sky is the limit for Mr Franke.
SMP core members also work on numerous other projects and it is no secret that some of our members are included among the best Jazz musicians in town in bands such as Kariba Surprise. Deja-Drew is a classically trained pianist with a Freak-Folk Jazzphonica group Déjà-Drew & His Déjà-Crew.
SMP brings together awesome local talent, some of the best, some unknowns and hopefuls and we get to work with great international artists as well! It’s a special event for many of us, great artisitic oppurtunity, an expression of love for Southern music and it is something to be proud of! We look forward to your support next month for our Kickstarter and the summer 2014 release of “Timeless Cool”