Resident Presents



Tue · May 3, 2016

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

SWERVE Mixtape Residency

Every Tuesday in May at Resident

5/3 is Britpop Night!

Swerve is a 4-piece indie rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA. Crafting melodic, guitar-driven tunes, songwriter Gregory Mahdesian leads the band with a vision he hasn't wavered from since he was a kid trading in his lullabies for the Beatles. Together with local musicians Casey Baird on drums, Ryan Berti on guitar and Brandon Duncan on bass, Swerve creates songs reminiscent of the Britpop and Grunge movements of their youth with a modern sensibility and a healthy dose of their Californian personalities.

"The first single from fledgling L.A. quartet Swerve recalls the heyday of Britpop, with alternately sharp/punky and pretty/chiming guitars setting the stage for frontman Gregory Mahdesian's slightly menacing vocals. It's the first song from an EP that Mahdesian, who previously played in the rock trio the Simple Pleasures, has in the works. Live, the singer-guitarist is currently joined by guitarist Ryan Berti, bassist Brandon Duncan and drummer Casey Baird. No muss, no fuss here — just a good ol' guitar band with a bit of an Anglophile streak. We rather miss their ilk." - Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.LA

"A band that I can only describe as what happens when you cross-pollinate the rumbling guitar lines of the Pixies with the elegant vocal melodies of 80s R.E.M. and then threw in some of the pop hooks of the Gin Blossoms." - Don Saas, Baeble Music

"The ever so slight punk influences, seep in between the melodic choruses and the 'piece by piece' verses, with momentous breaks for attention grabbing riffs, while the swagger of Brit pop flows effortlessly out of Gregory Mahdesian's vocals." - Velvet Independent

"Steeped in Brit Rock like Oasis, The Libertines, and Stone Roses, "Aw Hell" pulls you in with its deceptive simplicity." - Skope Magazine

"The band effortlessly paint their sonic landscape with a modern day brush of alt. rock pioneers R.E.M. and Pavement". - A Music Blog, Yea?
Formed in the summer of 2011 by brothers Christopher Valer and Phillip Dominick and shortly after recorded their first self-titled EP, released by Burger Records in 2012. The EP arbitrarily lives up to the Fullerton labels' exclamation, grabbing and taking you through an intense roller coaster-esque series of tracks such as 'You Should Know' and 'She Can't Be Wrong' reminiscent of acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stone Roses and Joy Division.
Venue Information:
428 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90013