Swords and Horns Background Info
Swords and Horns is William Kyle and Nick Watt. Both born and raised in St. Louis in the Show-Me state. They met in high school and played music occasionally but it was purely recreational. Toward the end of their college years, they realized both had been independently recording and composing music consistently since high school, and so figured why not start a band? (via Reverbnation bio)
While it’s certainly fun to find bands that are just starting to make a name for themselves, touring, gaining fans by the armful, and finding someone to record their music, Swords and Horns is the reason I love music. Kyle and Nick are both incredibly talented individuals, both musically and technologically. These guys make up their own songs and then record and mix them, like they did for their latest masterpiece “Old Country”. And in case you think recording and mixing isn’t a big deal, you’d be quite wrong. It’s pretty complex and takes a ton of patience and good set of ears.
Fortunately for us, we don’t need good ears to hear the awesomeness in Swords and Horns’ newest album, which you can download for free here (or be cool and throw a few bucks their way to show your support). Old Country is a fantastic album, filled with finger-picking, sliding, thumping, harmony, melody, and spectacular rhythm. When these two start to harmonize, it’s almost hypnotic. And the lyrics are intelligently crafted with emotion and passion.
To get you started, I will suggest you listen to 45 first and then make your way to Reach With Me. Then have your mind blown with Mirror Zone. It has a brilliant mix of twang, Ska, and Folk.