Formed by the chief songwriters from Melbourne bands Crepes, Dreamin' Wild and Sagamore, Swazi Gold brings old friends together. Chris Jennings and Sam Cooper grew up in the Victorian coastal towns of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, while Tim Karmouche was an inland man, hailing from Ballarat in the state’s north-west.
It’s this togetherness that’s at the heart of Swazi Gold’s debut album, 'Jehovah’s Whispers'. There are six songs, two created by each member; through true collaboration and participation. Nothin’ but a democracy there.
The first single from the album is 'Disco', written by Jennings. He says the song is about, “moving to Melbourne and seeing how we’ve all changed. We’ve all come from these bands that were heavily influenced by the coast and were our hometowns. They’ve changed a lot. We’ve kind of stopped being from the coast,” he says.
Driven by a sassy disco beat, the song name-checks towns dotted along Victoria’s western coastline. These places, like Leopold, Portarlington, Bellbrae and Torquay, are the former homes of Swazi Gold. The final places, and indeed the final words uttered in the song, are better known international hubs—like Barcelona, London and Berlin—suggesting the mainstreaming of worlds in moving to the big smoke.
Talking Heads, Alex Cameron. Artists ranging from the likes of Haruomi Hosono and William Onyeabor to JJ Cale, Talking Heads, and Harry Nilsson form the reference points that the give light to the band's creative spark.