New Material and Deal with Redeye Distribution
After releasing three CD’s on Epic Records and touring nationwide for the better part of 7 years, Fairfax, VA’s legendary emmet swimming took a long look at each other and at the van that they had largely called home for so many years and decided to take a break in the early 2000’s to focus on non-musical interests. The toils of the road and the all-consuming nature of the music industry had left long unfulfilled promises and prospects back at home, and the band largely dispersed to pursue families and careers. In 2007, with original drummer Tamer Eid rejoining the band and longtime friend and collaborator Scott Brotemarkle settled in on bass, the band began playing shows including a sold out performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. The chemistry was undeniable. After a number of successful festival and club dates and some early Sunday morning writing sessions the band collectively decided to once again record and release new music as well as make rarities and previous albums on their own label, Screaming Goddess Records, available digitally for the first time.
“Few bands in America today can get under one’s skin as effectively as Fairfax, Virginia’s emmet swimming. Tied to neither trends nor movements, emmet swimming specialize in an effortless sort of transcendence creating music equally suited for providing one-to-one connection or filling stadiums.” — Creative Loafing
The first offering (via Redeye Distribution) will be a re-release of 2003’s Bathing in the New Economy E.P. with a brand new bonus track (“Door 2”). The collection will be released on July 21st and also includes “The Dance”, “Don’t Call Her” (with lead guitarist Erik Wenberg on lead vocals), “Johanna at the Door” (recorded by the Legendary Don Dixon) and “Heart Like an Eskimo”.
emmet swimming is recognizably one of the most successful national touring bands to come out of Virginia, having sold out venues from Boston to Atlanta to Chicago to the West Coast. The virtual collapse of the old record industry coupled with the rise of digital collaboration and online promotional channels have provided the band with a new vigor. They’ve found new ways to write and record material for a release this Fall. Other releases (also via Redeye) will include a re-release of the band’s first album “Dark When the Snow Falls” and their live album “Ear Plugs 50¢” which will both contain previously unreleased bonus tracks.
- emmet swimming released three albums on Epic Records and two independent albums, and has sold over 150,000 units.
- emmet swimming played on the HORDE tour as well as national tours opening for many of the nineties’ biggest acts (Barenaked Ladies, The Dave Matthews Band, The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow and more).
- emmet swimming‘s “Arlington” was named on of the top 5 tracks of the year by Fred Bronson of Billboard Magazine.
- emmet swimming has received 14 Washington Area Music Association Awards (WAMMIES) including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
- emmet swimming has received national airplay on radio stations across the U.S.
- emmet swimming‘s music has been placed in TV programs including the Winter and Summer Olympics, ESPN, Monday Night Football, MTV, VH-1, ABC’s “All my Children” and numerous films.