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Swimwear Department


  1. 1.
    Cool Mall Stroll
  2. 2.
    Seventeen Swimsuits
  3. 3.
  4. 4.
    Houston Needs a Swimming Hole
  5. 5.
    The Limited, the Gap
Swimwear Department songs are all about swimming pools and shopping malls. The Houston, Texas band’s songs are all inspired by their name.
Swimwear Department’s live shows feature crowd-sourced backing vocals and dance contests. Frontman Matt Graham dreamt of these shows when he began writing for the project in Summer 2017.
“I wanted to make music people could dance to,” says Graham, “I wanted every song to have at least one part where everybody gets to sing. I wanted it to be fun, but uh, I never imagined it would be this fun.”
Graham’s talk-singing and screams evoke post-punk a la Elvis Costello, Billy Idol and The Modern Lovers. The band’s singable arrangements and whimsical delivery pledge allegiance to The Presidents of the United States of America. Concept-centric songs and guitarless instrumentation has even elicited comparisons to Houston’s new wave darlings, The Judys.
The least conventional element of the band’s sound is Ned Gayle’s over-driven bass guitar. Gayle often pulls double duty, alternating between driving basslines and licks usually reserved for a lead guitarist.
Matt Jensen of Divide and Conquer calls Swimwear Department "...a refreshingly frivolous and fun brand of garage/surf rock...proof that you can take subject matter that on the surface level may seem a bit silly and provide emotionally satisfying and even profound experiences."
Swimwear Department is Ned Gayle (bass), Jack Gordon (Drums), Matt Graham (vocals), and Jeremy Grisbee (keys).


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