Brothers Matthew and Joey Swindle were raised along with their four other brothers in small town Arkansas by a Truck driver and a homemaker. The only music that filled the Swindle household was the assortment of contemporary Christian songs mom was preparing to sing at church on Sunday. Mtv was a no-no and one can only imagine what was offered on the local radio stations. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly the ideal environment for creative expression. Hunting and sports were really the only things the Swindle boys and any other youngsters in the town were into. The summer between high school and college was a confusing time for Joey, the elder brother. Not at all sure what he wanted to do with himself, and without having the distractions of school, work, and sports stalling self-exploration, he started searching for something, anything that would stir his soul. With the help of a couple of further enlightened friends, he began encountering music and artists that he didn't know existed. He heard music that made sense, music that meant something, music that was pure and relevant. Without the experience of learning a single instrument, Joey decided he had to find a way to start making music. He talked to a few friends that had minor experience playing and started a band, as a vocalist, of course. Meanwhile, Matthew, still in high school was going through a similar situation. Athletic, outgoing, and adventurous, he still had never completely found anything that made complete since, that gave him purpose. Very soon after Joey started his musical journey, Matthew took notice and practically locked himself in his room along with his younger brother's acoustic guitar and taught himself how to play song after song. He couldn't get enough. Over the next few years, both brothers dove head first into writing and learning how to properly play instruments. Joey had some local success in Little Rock in a few different bands, and Matt started his own band with some school buddies. Around 2003, both brothers found themselves without projects, and decided to see if they could co-exist and write together. After a while, a chemistry like only family could form had driven the brothers to write far and away the best songs of their short musical lives. With no walls, no preconceived style, no direction, just a desire to make hooky, inspiring, passion drenched soundscapes. After completing multiple songs, they gathered a couple of musician friends and started playing shows and recording in the Little Rock area. Things were going well, but before long, the brothers longed for a new experience. They picked up and moved to Dallas, TX and started anew. After trying to start a few different projects and never finding anything that quite worked, they decided to go back to writing alone and out came the songs that comprised their first full length release "One and Three." Filled with inspiration from their past surroundings and experiences and tremendous hope and excitement for the future, the boys put forth a powerful and stirring collection. It was the culmination of years of work and determination. Everything they were and are going to be on record. "One and Three" is the new beginning, only the beginning.
released March 11, 2012
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