1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147


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Swift Technique

Sat, September 24, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Though Lushlife describes himself as a "bedroom composer", the em-cee/producer has been quietly crafting a catalog of sweeping full-lengths that do nothing to betray the dimensions of his small South Philly workspace. His latest, Plateau Vision¸ finds Lush at his most self-possessed, effectively ignoring the outside world of Tumblr-paced album cycles and blog buzz, to create that rare, contemplative hip-hop LP; one that somehow balances its hazed-out cassette experimentations with the pop-friendly underpinnings of big-room hip-hop.

Lush pre-empted Plateau Vision with what became one of the most talked-about mixtapes of 2011: a straight-to-cassette burner called, No More Golden Days, which was praised by outlets like Okayplayer and the New York Times, and named 'Mixtape of the Week' by Stereogum. Not unlike the mixtape, Plateau Vision expertly incubates '60s psych eccentricities, and gauzy low-fi production techniques with '96-era hip-hop swagger. A-side banger, 'Big Sur' (produced by Western Vinyl labelmate, 'Botany') finds Lushlife, the emcee, weaving a weirdo hidden-America-as-Philly-slang vibe, while Botany splices together a beat that's as indebted to J. Dilla as it is to Jandek. By contrast, album closer, "$takk Cheddar Galore, Alwyn Dias" plays like some lost Panda Bear joint, but one where Lush spits over his own stack-harmonies with a rapid-fire flow that touches on Orwellian references and his stress-rap tendencies, all within the same breath.

While Lush handles much of the production and rhymes on Plateau Vision, as auteur, he brings guest artists and producers into the fabric of this album in just the right ways. Standout cut, '"Still I Hear the Word Progress" finds Yonkers super-gangster, and former Bad Boy cohort, Styles P trading thorough "sixteens" with Lush against an at-once disconcerting and supremely poppy 8-bit backdrop. Critically-acclaimed Canadian rapper, Shad, floats past with a melancholy verse over Lushlife's shimmering reworking of one of Erik Satie's early 20th century Gymnopedie meditations. And finally, collaborations that were hinted at on the No More Golden Days mixtape, those with Heems of Das Racist, Memphis rap up-start, Cities Aviv, ex-Titus Andronicus garage rocker, Andrew Cedermark, and others, can be heard mastered, and in their original context.

As Lushlife explains, "I grew up as an album obsessive, so I kind of feel like I reflexively make obsessive albums, if that makes any sense." It does. And if we're entering the age of "The Stream", where art itself exists in the deluge of online content, then a completist work like Plateau Vision stands plainly in defiance; an unlikely hip-hop record that embraces the long pause, as well as the big release, in equal measure.
Swift Technique
Swift Technique
Swift Technique, Philadelphia's fiery funk extravaganza, enters 2016 after completing their most successful year to date. Most recently, the band has held several high profile support slots, including sharing the stage with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Motet, Fishbone, The Main Squeeze, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, JoJo Mayer, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Sophistafunk. While introducing the powerhouse lead vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava & Nik Greeley, the band released two new singles, "Dress Shoes" & "Jay's the Name" to critical acclaim. 2015 saw the debut of Swift Technique's "Ultimate Funk Throwdown: Prince Vs. Morris Day", which will continue to be performed on select dates throughout the country. With a new EP release slated for Summer 2016, Swift Technique plans to debut a large portion of new material on March 5th at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.

After forming in 2007, Swift Technique has relentlessly toured, performed and recorded throughout the US. The extremely positive and contagious chemistry shared by the band has always been translated in the live setting. With the 2013 release of, "you boys be aight", Swift Technique established themselves as an up and coming force in the recording industry. Although the group draws from many influences ranging Funk & Soul to Hip-Hop & Rock, their genre is uniquely Philadelphia.

Throughout their short history, Swift Technique has had the privilege to hold direct support slots for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Fishbone, Soulive, The M&M's (John Medeski, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, Rob Mercurio), The Motet, Kermit Ruffins, Wale, Questlove of the Roots, Keri Hilson, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Orgone, Kung Fu, Mr. Lif, The Fela! Band, Turkuaz, Deep Banana Blackout, The Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman) and others. Swift Technique has also performed at the Philadelphia Experiment PEX Festival, Beardfest, Camp Jam in the Pines, Bear's Picnic, Jibber Jazz's Meeting of the Minds, Late Winter JibberJam, Boogie at the Bungalow, Princeton's Communiversity Festival, The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival in VT, The Muddy River Jam Festival in NJ, Ars Nova ANTfest in New York City and Grassroots Festival in Ithaca, among others. After a string of hometown performances in 2007 and 2008, Swift Technique was named one of the top 10 Hip-Hop bands in Philadelphia by The Deli Magazine. Since their early days, the group has evolved from a Live Hip-Hop group to an old school Funk Ensemble in the tradition of James Brown, with the grit of Led Zeppelin.

In recent years, Swift Technique has worked with Live for Live Music (NYC), CEG (NYC), NOLA Funk (NYC), Hood Booking (DC), WXPN (Philadelphia), The Backbeat Foundation (New Orleans), Rock On Concerts (Boston), Rocks Off Concert Cruises (NYC) and WXPN (Philly). The group has also performed at the country's top venues including B.B. King's & Brooklyn Bowl (NYC), The Middle East (Boston), Blue Nile (New Orleans), The Mint (Los Angeles), Hotel Utah (San Francisco), The National Underground (Nashville), The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), THe Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC), The Spot Underground (Providence, RI), Nectar's (Burlington, VT), Double Door (Chicago), Union Transfer, World Cafe Live & the TLA (Philly), 8X10 (Baltimore), The Hamilton & Gypsy Sally's (DC). The creativity and drive of Swift Technique continues to flourish as the band prepares to enter their ninth year.

Vocals: Chelsea ViaCava
Vocals: Nik Greeley
Bass: Jake Leschinsky
Guitar: Andy Bree
Drums: Johnny Perry
Drums: Rich Agren
Trumpet: Greg Rosen
Trombone: Ian Gray
Trombone: Matt Fischer
Sax: Brian Blaker
Sax: Jason O'mara
Keys: Jay Davidson

Extended family/Swift Tech Collective:
Drums: Tom Cladek
Keys: Alex Ayala
Trombone: Michael Rilli

"Their contagious energy & musical prowess is undeniable, and you cannot help but smile & dance when you watch these guys play."
– Live For Live Music

"Swift Technique's vocalist, Chelsea ViaCava, mesmerized the audience with her soulful voice […] Never before have I seen such a unique and unprecedented performance."
– Rebecca Wolfe, The Music Vibes

"This octet naturally brings a high energy, layered sound to their music, containing a heavy funk horn section bursting forth from trumpet, trombone, and saxophone like fourth of July fireworks. With these elements is a perfect mixture of smooth melodic bass lines and a crunchy clean rhythm guitar that manages to harness these wild ostentatious grooves."
– Christian Pezzino, THAT MAG

"Swift Technique' (an appropriate name for this group) was one of the tightest, most original acts I'd seen in The District in a long time. With one microphone — front and center — the brass players seemed to trade off, each dancing when not soloing or accompanying the others. "The Temptations" would have been proud!"
– Fritz Rumohr, DC Live Music Examiner

"Absolutely amazing, They blew me away with what's best described as a horn infused blend of funk and hip hop (…) Watch for these guys to explode"
– Bag of Songs Music Blog

"One of the best live bands I've ever seen" & "One of my favorite bands in the world"
– Kevin Kennedy, Philadelphia Music Critic and founder of The Swollen Fox Music Blog

"Well its not everyday you run into a band that you can automatically feel is destined for greatness. Swift Technique does Philly proud with their eclectic vibes and funky tunes that just draws the crowd in. Get your autographs and photo ops now, because in about 3 years, with the direction that these guys are going the only time you'll see them this close and personal is on TV."
– Christian Denzel,

The Roots should watch out. Swift Technique is exactly the type of harvest you'd expect to reap from a purely organic, Philadelphia funk band.
– Quentin Williams, Temple University News
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147