Kelsey Cork and the Swigs paint poignant Philly caricatures with rebel attitude on debut single "Center City Blues" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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Kelsey Cork and the Swigs is a brand new DIY rock trio, lead by of vocalist / guitarist Kelsey Cork. Their debut single “Center City Blues” was released via Good How Are You Records, engineered by Lauren Delucca of Coping Skills, mixed by Henry Wilson and mastered by Elaine Rasnake.

“Center City Blues” somehow manages to blend blues and punk, with engine-revving electric guitar and Cork’s vocals tinged with rebel attitude. The lyrics paint poignant Philly caricatures, from the miserable “suit and ties in center city” to the “sweet old man in my neighborhood sipping a forty at nine a.m.,” pinpointing the unifying sense of home that links people of different walks of life. As the song continues, the question arises about where in that home you find happiness: “you can nod your head / You can bite your tongue / You can play pretend / But are you having fun?”

The band plays a gig this Friday, November 16 at The Bottom, with Slomo Sapiens and Trash Boy, find more info here. Listen to the single below.

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