Stagger And Sway - Stagger And Sway

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Through wicked curves and twisting turns, the Stagger and Sway delivers acoustic-driven Americana with a Rock and Roll temper that’s both off-kilter and spot-on.

Centered around songwriter Mike Last’s intimate melodies, ear-catching lyrics, and unique bite, this Eugene, OR four-piece lands somewhere in
the spectrum between Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, delivering “smart under-stated, impeccably crafted songs” with skilled precision and
artful abandon.“

"Rooted in Americana and alternative country, delivered with a noticeable edge in Last’s conversational vocals”
(Northwest Indie Music.com)

Since early-2009, the Stagger and Sway continues to tour the Northwest as showgoers find themselves leaning in—captivated by vivid lyrics—then, surrendering to a raucous swell, stomping their feet and drumming on tables.

Following the Time Changes EP, their first full-length album Break Til You Bend blends country-bent ballads (“Wyoming”) with angular power-pop (“Loudmouth Ideas”), and anthemic rock (“Sh*t Adv*ce”) with addictively heartbreaking melodies (“Eyes like David Bowie”).

the Stagger and Sway is:

Mike Last - acoustic guitar, vocals
Jerry "Groove" Abelin - upright bass, vocals
Ken Howe - drums
Brian Patrick - electric guitar

lyrics

Stagger and Sway

So far gone, escape Cook County crimes;
they say a good friend is hard to find.
Okay, oh well, nevermind.

Valleys crossed to face steep canyon climbs,
they say a good friend is hard to find;
okay, oh well, nevermind.

Now whatcha doin',
since the stagger and the sway
came across the static on the phone?

No regret in placing second bets;
lift a smile through embarassment,
like a bumbershoot in the cold
and in the wet.

Clutch in coast down a slow decline,
they say a good friend is hard to find.
Okay, oh well, nevermind.

Now whatcha doiní,
since the stagger and the sway
came across the static on the phone?

credits

from The Color Of Music, released June 5, 2012

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