A. Swayze & the GhostsCredit: Keith Deverell

‘Good luck to anyone rocking up late to The Foundry for A. Swayze & the Ghosts because the room is rammed. Their set is fast and scathing and easily a BIGSOUND highlight for 2018.’ – TheMusic

‘One of the most talked about artists at BIGSOUND was A. Swayze & the Ghosts… the Hobart band have a live show in prime condition. It’s unpredictable, risky and unhinged and it’s impossible to take your eyes off frontman Andrew Swayze… you feel alive watching these guys.’ – Declan Byrne, triple j

‘An unhinged rock’n’roll party band from Tasmania that are a very important reminder that garage rock is still the best style of music when it’s done well.’ – Double J

‘It’s the kind of chaos that is missing from music sometimes and something I welcome back.’ – STACK

After being blown away by their explosive live shows at this year’s BIGSOUND, Ivy League Records is incredibly excited to announce the signing of garage/punk act, A. Swayze & the Ghosts, who will join the likes of Hatchie, The Rubens, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Teskey Brothers, I Know Leopard and more on the Australian label’s stellar roster of artists. To mark the occasion, the band has released their blistering new single ‘Suddenly’ with an accompanying video, plus announced a string of shows across October and November.

“We’re elated to join the Ivy League family! The team have made us feel right at home, and we already know that they recognise what we want to achieve and understand the music we want to make. ‘Suddenly’ is a song we are all incredibly proud of, and we feel it’s the perfect song to introduce us to audiences with the Ivy League/Sunset Pig banner attached.” – A. Swayze & the Ghosts

The Hobart natives have amassed a fierce live following over the past two years thanks to their raw, bold and wild shows, heightened by the notably charismatic and enigmatic lead singer, Andrew Swayze. ‘Suddenly’ pays justice to the urgent and addictive energy felt while watching them perform.

“Written in one session, listening back to the original phone recording, not much has changed. It’s really important to all of us that we capture the urgency of our live shows on record, and with ‘Suddenly’ we found a balance between some our more garage-y punk roots, and the more complex and interesting writing styles that we have been striving for.”

Over the past 12 months, A. Swayze & the Ghosts have performed at Falls Festival as triple j unearthed comp winners, MONA Faux Mo, A Festival Called Panama, Boogie Festival, Cherry Rock Festival, Bad Friday, By The Meadow and BIGSOUND, as well as playing alongside Jet, The Vines, Batpiss, Cosmic Psychos, Shame, Total Control and The Stems.

The band’s most recent shows as part of BIGSOUND created a big buzz amongst punters and industry alike, earning spots in many ‘best of’ lists across STACK, triple j, Double J, TheMusic and more.

‘Suddenly’ follows A. Swayze & the Ghosts’ 2017 self-titled debut EP, and is the start of a new chapter for the band. Stay tuned for more news!


Sat 20 Oct | Vic On The Park | Sydney, NSW | FREE SHOW!
Wed 24 Oct | Brisbane Hotel | Hobart, TAS | Tickets here
Fri 26 Oct | Kyneton Music Festival | Kyneton, VIC | Tickets here
Sat 27 Oct | The Tote | Melbourne, VIC | Tickets here
Fri 2 Nov | Til The Wheels Fall Off | Launceston, TAS | SOLD OUT!

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