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Past Shows

Sat. January 28th 2017
Fairview Pub Vancouver BC (No Minors)
The Bad Beats, Swank, Cawama
Sat. March 28th 2015
LanaLou's Vancouver BC (All Ages)
Swank, We Found a Lovebird, Pill Squad
Tue. December 31st 2013
Railway Club Vancouver BC (No Minors)
BIG JOHN BATES NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR! Big John Bates, Japanese Cowboy, Milk Pipes, Sons of Daughters, Devil in the Woodshack, The Almighty Players, Natalie Von Rotsburg, Swank, BONE RATTLE PIN-UP GIRLS, AUSTIN FLOWERS
Fri. October 18th 2013
Fairview Pub Vancouver BC (No Minors)
D Trevlon Band, Big Top, Swank
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Cowpunk Meets 60's Garage from Vancouver BC
Available for Shows/Gigs - Confirmed: Feb. 13, 2016 (Awaiting Update)

Contact Details

Phil Addington
Swank's first album, "Pappy's Corn Squeezins" (2001) was conceived by the band to sound like The Ramones playing Johnny Cash. Produced by Howard Redekopp, the album was described by the legendary Ray Condo as "New Wave Country"-an apt description for a fine debut that holds its own to this day.

The group's second album "The Survival Issue" (2004), also produced by Howard Redekopp won huge critical favour across North America and Europe (rated 9/10 by Americana UK) as much for its unique sleeve design as for its inspired music and lyrics. Many of the songs on "The Survival Issue" were inspired by the events of 2001 and the resulting U.S. paranoia and xenophobia that followed.
A computer animated video of a song from this album, "How Do We do!" directed by Patrick Carroll (The spiderman Series, Mainframe) was recently used in one of the final episodes of the TV series "Smallville", with two of the actors performing it as a karaoke song.

Their third album, "Campfire Psalms" (2008) produced by Howard Redekopp and Swank was the band's sprawling opus, a two disc set with a wide variety of seventeen songs on one disc, and ten videos on the other that can be viewed as music videos or sung along to as a karaoke DVD.
The theme of "Campfire Psalms" is religious extremism and the devil is mentioned in a number of songs which has proved fruitful for the band, as the TV series "Supernatural" purchased songs that have been featured in their Seasons 4,5 & 6 gag reels as well as background music for episodes.
Swank have just finished their fourth album, produced by Marc L'Esperance. Their lineup refreshed with the addition of Eric Lowe on drums and Gord Smithers on guitar, Swank have created an exciting batch of new songs with a swinging early sixties feel. Appropriately, the new album's cover art is by legendary 60's Rock Illustrator Bob Masse.
The album was released in May 2015 & in January 2016 made Tom Harrison's "Best Of 2015" list in The Vancouver Province.
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Current Lineup

Phil AddingtonElectric / Upright Bass / Vocals1992-present
Spencer McKinnonLeadVocals / Harmonica1992-present
Dave BadanicElectric / Acoustic Guitars / Vocals2007-present
Gord SmithersGuitars / Banjo2011-present
Eric LoweDrums / Vocals2011-present

Past Members

Paul AddingtonGuitars / Drums / Percussion / Vocals1992-2007
Doug LiddleElectric / Acoustic Guitar / Slide and Steel Guitar / Banjo / Vocals / Saw1992-2011
Kirk DouglasDrums / Percussion / Vocals / Guitar / Dobro1995-2011
Ana Bon BonSpecial Guest Vocalist2004-200
Status: Available for Shows/Gigs
- Last confirmed Feb. 13, 2016