Swilly, the band, is part Canadian part American, with members from Nanaimo and Kitimat British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario, and Centennial, Colorado. Fronted by singer/songwriter Steven Williams, a rocker with a bawdy sense of humour, the band takes its name from his nickname and channel down and dirty, classic roots rock. Rounded out by the no-nonsense lead and rhythm guitar of Kevin Campbell, bassist Doug Adair, drummer Carl Holz, keyboard player Jason Long, and supported by lyricist Tammy Throneberry, Swilly has a swaggering appetite for a good time and an in-your-face attitude that is sorely lacking in modern music.
Heavily influenced by ZZ Top, The Cult, Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman, Swilly first burst onto the scene with the release of their 2017 album, Play It Loud. With song titles like “Canadian Beer,” “Breaking Some Glass,” and “You’re A Dick,” their unapologetic sound won them praise from fans and critics alike. Eclectic Music Lover described the album as “a little slice of rock’n’roll heaven, accompanied by tasty riffs and shredding guitars.”
Putting their own inimitable stamp on classic rock, Swilly moved full steam ahead with new single releases, including “Kiss My Ass” in 2018, as well as 2019’s standout, “Damned.” The prolific Canadian/American trio have shown no sign of slowing down, gaining devotees with every new release and to date have written over 100 songs, 14 of which appear on their ambitious 2019 album, Size Matters. Swilly’s latest single is 2020’s “Black” and they’ll have a new album dropping later this year.
This is “kick-ass rock’n’roll you wanna hear on a Saturday night, throwing down a few beers with friends at the local roadhouse.” Rock on, baby! Hell, yeah!