UK four-piece rock band FEDERAL CHARM has released a new music video for Swing Sinner, the track is taken from their highly anticipated third studio album ‘Passenger’, out on September 14th via Wire-Sound/Cargo Records.
Swing Sinner is a story about a young boy called Joe. Joe’s father was an abusive drunk. His mother ran away from home not long after he was born. One day, after years of abuse, Joe took his father’s gun and shoots him dead. The townsfolk aren’t aware of what a monster the man was and get together to bring Joe to justice. The song ends with him being hung for the killing.
‘Passenger’ was recorded, produced and mixed at Willow Terrace Studios in Manchester. Federal Charm co-produced the album with John Simm (Hidden Colour Audio) who also sound engineers for fellow Stockport band, Blossoms.
1. Swing Sinner
3. Emerald Haze
4. Death Rattle
5. Nowhere is Home
6. Get Through
7. Concrete Creature
8. Can’t Rule Me
10. Speak Out
11. Parting Words
For ‘Passenger’ the new line-up wanted to retain Federal Charm’s previous natural sound, but also wanted to create an exciting new sonic platform for the band’s new vocalist, Tom Guyer, to really let loose and show the world what he can do.
With ‘Passenger’, Federal Charm spent more time than any other of their previous albums by developing this material and taking the songs into new territory, tone-wise.
Previously, the recording process for the first two studio albums was very much like, ‘Strat in? Go! Les Paul? Go!’. For ‘Passenger’, a great deal of care and attention was taken into the pre-production which ultimately benefited the all-round sound.
Says Bowe, “It’s a heavier album. There was no way to tame beast”.
Federal Charm is:
Tom Guyer – Vocals
Paul Bowe – Lead Guitar
L.D. Morawski – Bass
Josh Zahler – Drums
Following 2016’s Planet Rock Roadstars co-headline tour with SIMO and Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm amicably parted ways with vocalist and guitarist Nick Bowden and drummer Danny Rigg. Paul Bowe (guitar) and L.D. Morawski (bass) recruited new vocalist and frontman Tom Guyer and one of Manchester’s top drummers, Josh Zahler.
Tom Guyer’s powerful and characterful voice led to immediate chemistry as he joined Paul and LD in writing sessions for Federal Charm’s third album, ‘Passenger’. His wide vocal range opened up new creative possibilities during song writing process that added an exciting, new dynamic that complimented Federal Charm’s exhilarating blues rock sound.
Over the years, Federal Charm’s heavy new blues rock musical direction and style has organically evolved since the band’s second album, ‘Across the Divide’ (2015). New drummer Josh Zahler adds his own distinctive drumming style and grooves that compliments the band’s pulsating rhythm section.
2017 was a busy year for Federal Charm which saw the band performing a great number of high profile gigs supporting UFO, Y&T and Brian ‘Thin Lizzy’ Downey’s ‘ALIVE & DANGEROUS’. These shows introduced the new line-up to old and new fans alike. The band received a fantastic reception.
What’s more, fans got a taste of the new direction and musical impact of Federal Charm’s transformation. The success of the band’s live shows and new songs, resulted in the band being picked up by global touring booking agent TKO (Stone Broken, Jared James Nichols and The Bad Flowers).
During May 2018, Federal Charm recently road-tested some of the new songs and the new line-up via four sold-out shows in Bristol, Norwich, Manchester and Newcastle and received an incredible reaction from old fans and new converts alike.
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Wednesday 19 : BRISTOL Thekla / theklabristol.co.uk
Thursday 20 : PONTYPRIDD Muni Arts Centre / muniartscentre.com
Friday 21 : NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement / rock-city.co.uk
Saturday 22 : GLASGOW Classic Grand / classicgrand.com
Sunday 23 : CHESTER The Live Rooms / theliverooms.com
Monday 24 : MANCHESTER The Deaf Institute / thedeafinstitute.co.uk
Wednesday 26 : HUDDERSFIELD The Parish / parishpub.co.uk
Thursday 27 : NEWCASTLE Think Tank / thinktanknewcastle.com
Friday 28 : SHEFFIELD Corporation / corporation.org.uk
Saturday 29 : BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2 / academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham
Sunday 30 : LONDON Borderline / borderline.london