Schwervon!: 'Balloon'

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Given that both Matt Roth and Nan Turner were each previously involved in various musical endeavors before they met, it was only a matter of time before the couple began playing together and Schwervon! was born. Roth contends that their jam sessions (or play dates) were initially just something they did for fun. But fast-forward ten years: the two have just released their fourth album, Low Blow, on their personal record label, Olive Juice Music.

Though the mysterious band name, "Schwervon!" may appear to have German roots, they say it's just a playful derivative of the phrase, "Get your swerve on." That said, Schwervon! makes fun, indie-pop tinged music of the do-it-yourself variety. With Roth on guitar and Turner on drums and occasionally keys, the music may be minimal. But it's rich with character. "Pretty Slow" sounds like a bonus, unreleased track from Blue Album-era Weezer, if Rivers Cuomo had teamed up with The Blow's Khaela Maricich.

According to Roth, for better or worse, his relationship with Turner, and their music together, are "very intertwined" because the song-writing process is so collaborative. Often, like on the slower tune, "Glasses On," the lyrics seem to directly draw from their relationship. But Roth maintains that they also look to the conversations or circumstances they witness on a day-to-day basis in New York for inspiration.

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