Up & Coming: The Swansons

Editor’s Note: The Swansons will be performing on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach! Check them out!

After listening to The Swanson’s YouTube Channel on a stressful Friday afternoon, I quickly found myself bobbing my head to their song, “In The Middle of Now.” With the band’s catchy lyrics, vibrant sounds, and playful music videos – I was eager to learn more about them. I quickly found a band with great history, long term friendships, and a deep admiration for each other’s talents. Guitarist Joe Finley speaks of each member with great pride and respect; and even after spending so many years together, they still can’t seem to get enough of one another.

How did the band come together?

“My wife began singing when she met me believe it or not. When we were dating, I asked Angie to sing a couple of lines in a song I had written. She was nervous, but agreed. She sounded so good I suggested we become a rock duo, and we did! My son Joseph has been our drummer ever since we started. Our bass player, Super Dave, is a long time family friend who joined us just over a year ago. In addition to our main line-up, we have one of the best musicians on the planet, Joe Alfaro. He’s been working as my producer and guitar player for 8 albums and counting. Finally, there is Daniel the Duke Alexander on keyboards. Daniel was in a band with me for several years over 20 years ago. We reconnected during the end of our new album, ‘Good Day.’ Daniel played in every track and joined us live several performances ago. He’s quite the asset to our line-up.”

How would you describe your music to people?

“I would say it’s pop-rock music that has a unique blended rhythm. A sound that is both equal parts male and female duo, both vocally and instrumentally – all while being positive and motivating.”

How do you feel about being described as a ‘Modern-Day Sonny and Cher?”

“That’s a wonderful compliment, they were amazing!”

How is it like being on the road with your significant other?

“I couldn’t imagine it any other way. We enjoy each other’s company and prefer to be around each other as much as possible. We are in love!”

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

“I am fortunate enough to be in a position that allows us to pursue our musical ambitions on a daily basis on our own schedule.”

Where do you derive inspiration from as a songwriter?

“I am inspired by love and I am in love with my wife and my life!” 

Many bands have superstitious rituals before going onstage. Is there anything you guys do as a group before performing?

“We get ready together, we travel together and we pray together before going on.”

What musicians have influenced your music?

“Lennon, McCartney, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Led Zepplin, Bob Seger, ELO, CCR, and most all the Classics.”

“What’s your dream venue to play?”

“Hollywood Bowl!”