The Sway Machinery is an all-star collective lead by guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat Box and includes Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on drums, Stuart Bogie and Jordan McLean of the Antibalas, and touring member of Arcade Fire Colin Stetson on bass saxophone. The Sway Machinery's sound stems from Lockwood's rich musical relationships with his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and renowned bluesman Carolina Slim, who guided Lockwood's musical development. Lockwood's deeply personal bond to these two musical traditions helped him to create a unique musical language of his own, as he learned to move from singing in his grandfather's study to playing with Carolina Slim in New York City subway stations.
Though The Sway Machinery carefully cultivates Lockwood's deeply felt connection to his musical roots, his accomplished colleagues bring to the table the sounds of afro-beat horns, unassailable rock beats and an astutely contemporary musical sensibility. Lockwood's ambitious melding of styles results in what The Village Voice has called a most joyful synthesis.
The latest indie supergroup has a sound that....well, you just have to hear to describe. Listen now! --Spin Magazine