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same way as always [18 Apr 2004|04:11am]

[ mood | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. ]

its four in the morning,
the bars are unloading,
i go to the window and put down the shade.
The Walkmen, Hang on Siobahn

its four in the morning,
the end of december,
im writing you now just to see if you're better.
new york is cold but i like where im livin,
there's music on clinton street all through the evenin.
Leonard Cohen, Famous Blue Raincoat

four in the morning in ktown probably aint much compare to four in the morning in new york, but the birds are chirping so i cant complain. its been a while since an update on this band, who have had a name change that hasnt been officially mentioned, we're now, how do you say, Service Royal? I believe that is how you americans say it. we may be going on livejournal/internet lockdown until we start recording and everything is lined up design wise et cetera. this is a 4am idea so dont throw much behind it buttt mayhaps.

people like lyrics i've just decided.

we have, lets see, some songs. Camouflage, Savile Row, Factory Life, Tenement House. and, let's see, a couple more in the works. Kowloon, and, let's see, Solid Resolve. or something.


expect updates, but maybe not for a while.


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[22 Mar 2004|01:51pm]

[ mood | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. ]


the serVICE ROYal

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[19 Mar 2004|05:36pm]

[ mood | I LOVE MR. BURNS ]

hi friends~

after an extended break for school and other things, we are back in action an better than ever. the last couple practices we spent hard at work on a new guitar solo for Factory Life, which is becoming good vibrations-like in its complexity. i am truly excited to hear what you all may think of these songs and we may be recording very soon so keep an eye out!

also, our once best/for a little while worst song Saville row got a spur of the moment reglistening and it is amazing how much better it is. we've got rid of the double rhythm, added a nasty intro, and redone the verse chords to be more melodic and interesting. i hated this song so much for a while but now i'm excited to keep practicing - this is what's it's alll about. the regoodening of the song may mean more and more work on the whole thing, redoing of structure and melody and lyrics but it'll be worth it. skye's got his hands full on a lot of these songs and it's all my fault but it's worth it. the new solo on factory life is like watching a river explode and he's coming along swimmingly at it. pun!

also, we may be changing the name of the band. I have come to feel that the Sway is a bit too generic and doesn't do much to jump at you or catch your attention, so there are some other names in the running.

Port Authority is one of them. this is my pick, it would look good on show flyers sandwiched between arbitrarily named The bands.

The Roosevelts is another.

The Viceroy Brites is a fake joke one but if anyone likes it let us know.

that is all for now, practice and line6'in in effect.

rubs and chubs,

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see me age nineteen with some dumb haircut from 1960, moving to new york [09 Mar 2004|12:52am]

i regret to inform the community that i am slowly becoming this man.

the sway have been on an extended vacation for the recharging of our respective skye, robin, and trevor batteries. in fact i haven't seen either of them since last practice and i miss em both a lot. but that'll all change very soon. tomorrow i finish everything i've started over the break, which includes these songs: (just fuckin bear with me)

the Intercontinental:

a kind of jazzy number, slower until the chorus at which point it explodes. to anyone that cares i'm writing these songs in a kind of assembly line fashion, a lot of different pieces that are combined into one song but not necessarily originally intended for that same song. you'll see. the chorus of this song is from an older one i was working on that was tentatively called In the Heat of the Night, which to me is a funny joke. the intercontinental sounds like you're taking a cruise ship you secretly wish would hit an iceberg just to spice things up a little bit.

the Factory Life:

if you read this you might have heard a bit about this song. it's the most rock of them all but at the same time the furthest from rock, it's structured like a mini opera in a way kind of like good vibrations. skye likes it a lot!

Stoney Lonesome!


that's all i guess. and there are like forty piano fragments that are unusable because we have no one to play piano. ohhhhh well what can ya do.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!
i'd suggest that everyone find a bootleg of the Royal Festival Hall performance of SMiLE by Brian Wilson and his band. it's, honestly, the best album i have EVER heard in my entire life. I know i say that about everything but smile really holds a special place in my heart. i swear on earth you wont regret it, ever. eggs and grits and lickety split, see me jump, i'm in the greatest shape of the open country. once upon the sandwich isles, the social structure steamed upon hawaii. rock rock roll, plymouth rock, roll over

Columnated Ruins Domino,
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shout out to bambi [02 Mar 2004|10:47pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

No practice yet, there is word that some more songs are gonna be going down. For anybody who made trips to guitar center, there once was a worker named andrew some called him drew but we called him bambi. He was by far the best worker they had and always gave out the best deals. But after a few too many good deals his job was lost. but on a brighter note now 4 songs are fully done so much has gotten done over the last 2 months even with the taking of pictures and the playing of computer games and the eating of pizza and the breaks. But i would have to say everything is forming nicely. that is all for now

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new [25 Feb 2004|08:32pm]

Today was the day that saville row was reborn, and yes it sounds better than before. Other songs were also perfermed well. A drummer might be in the sights for another addition to the sway, thus making a full sound of the band. After yet another exchange for a bass, we believe that this is a keeper except maybe the input, but that can be an easy fixer. Not much to say at this point. Just working mad crazy on old and new songs, getting ready for maybe a show? and recording. well that is all for now that i can think of. Just thought this place needed some dusting off sorry no pics this time maybe this weekend, well im for sure this weekend.
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ニューヨークシティのあなたのカムフラージュを見つけた [13 Feb 2004|12:54am]

my dearly beloved,

today the sway got another notch in the belt of seemingly endless practices, pretty much every day for the past week and a half or so. Every time we get together the old songs get tighter and the new songs get better, and it's really cool to see it happening right before my own two eyez. Today was such a nice day that the practice took itself outside and onto the grassy mini-gorge of skye's lawn, and we became the soundtrack to the lives of some underpaid house painters. Although one did fall rather grotesquely in the middle of the chorus to Tenement House. Hrm.

It is now nearly official that the sway have three songs completely finished. A fourth is in the works and some say it may be called the Factory Life, a slight nod to the 1960/70's film scores that much of our inspiration comes from. 6ths and 7ths, 8ths, and 3rds. Playing one chord while singing/playing the harmony of its harmonic 5th. That kind of thing. See Paradise Lost if you want to know what we sound like.

Speaking of knowing what we sound like, today the sway were blessed with a person for each song we have(3 people folks), though all only heard Tenement House. The wonders that are aimee and kellie stopped by and sat on a damp-esque lawnchair in the middle of some dying rosebushes to hear us play a wholehearted rendition. one of the two, which one i will never tell, was wearing a scarf whose production must have left at least three fullgrown sheep bitterly cold this past winter. Lets take a moment for the sheep.

(Moment for the Sheep and the Pandas)

Ahem. Unconfident though we were in the performance they seemed to enjoy it, and scurried off to yoga where undoubtedly our collective rank odor lingered long in their noses. Such great kids!!

kurtistitus also swung in. Literally, no less. Everyone give it up for kurt.




This song is dedicated to ema iwata because she is in japan and it has fake japanese in it. And that is all for now.


p.s. the one who said "I didn't hear any strokes influence at all what are they talking about" is double the best.
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the stray? [02 Feb 2004|10:35pm]

[ mood | i have no mood ]

Well it looks like we have a cover band. Im not sure what brought this upon us but all i can say is we will get the stray back, heh heh heh. So the the swew news not much practice lately all of us have been busy with this and that which not and therefore not practice. But the two and a half songs are sounding pretty skankin good, i`d say with lots more za we could have them down pippidy pat. So thats about it not much going on. We are trying to decide whether or not we should be in the battle this feb. But that will come later. For now this is T-rizzle signing out from sway news. TA TA

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[01 Feb 2004|01:36am]

hey dudes.

so, we here at swuh headquarters have a request of the more needle/thread oriented that might be reading this. we need an official clothesmaker.

not like, t-shirt designer. but full on designer/seamstress/fabric conjurer/button mender/jean finder all that. we're having a hard time finding clothes that are anything good, and i figure if we are gonna be dressing like we are onstage, all the time, it better be cool. and who better to make it cool than YOU!?!?!?!?!

so, if anyone is interested in this kind of odd request, we are all ears. I really doubt anyone would want to but, there would of course be perks.

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east 100th st, spanish harlem [25 Jan 2004|08:23pm]

so, hey guys. I guess this is where I put news for teh suei, and dere is plenty of it lately. As our songlist grows n' grows (2 and a half, bitch!) we are beginning to think of the lame business side of things. I've never been very good at it, I dont want to sound like a fucking pompous hipster about it (y'know, 'its allll abotu the moozik mannnn yeah fuck the suits'), but it is hard for me to start thinking of what we are doing in skye's room as a product. I guess it works that way with everything though, so we are starting to think about the kind of image we are gonna have to be marketin...

when i see a promo picture of a band dressed in thrift store suits and slightly effeminate clothing, smoking and walking down some sub-14th street manhattan avenue, I just immediately get pissed off. Not really pissed off, more turned off i guess. You can only fake that image for so long, especially if you don't have the talent to back it up. Some bands have fucking stupid gimmicks, but some are pretty necessary. The white stripes for example kinda have both at once, the ultra-lame 'siblings or lovers?' controversy, the equally dumb red/white/black uniform... at the same time though jack white explains the minimalism of that band's setup as a couple coexisting trios. voice guitar and drums, melody rhythm and storytelling. that is a classical-type gimmick, and it's respectable. but like, british sea power wears those lame uniforms, the hives have the same thing goin on, hope of the states record(ed) in a russian bunker, the polyphonic spree's bloated and unnecessary number of members in white robes, jet being collectively atrocious, the darkness with the latex and glam poses... it all just seems unnecessary. although at the same time, that i can even name these bands says something about their gimmick having something to do with their getting noticed and signed, so maybe it's a necessary evil. hrm.

Sometime in the 1800's, the u.s. patent office briefly considering closing down completely, assuming that all the technological accomplishments up to that point were as far as humans could take science and discovery. it might be the same way with music right now; to my eyes almost everything has been done before, and better, and even if it seems someone is innovating they are really just taking one beatles song and making a few albums of it. Hopefully i'm wrong and there are still new melodies to write and new chords to play... but i just dont know. If im in a songwriting phase i only listen to marvin gaye, the beach boys, and old 20's music, but hopefully you wont be able to tell when you hear the demo in the next month or two. (see how i slipped actual news into this bullshit rant?) we might not sound like anyone else or we might, i mean we are an infant band so its understandable if its the latter. but i've been writing songs for a while and hopefully i've gotten the other bands out there out of my system and can now focus on this one.

we are gonna move to chinatown, too, and dress all fruits style. no joku! the new song, besides tenement house and saville row, might be called camouflage, but might not. hows that for nuz.

spanish 'arlum


p.s. there are too many humans on earth, and there are things that exist to stop that number rising out of control. cruel things that shouldn't have to happen but do because we keep fucking everything up.
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