Frontmen, beware of your drummer. Just because someone's relegated to the skins doesn't mean he's suppressed his rock star ambitions. Take Glenn Milchem, drummer for Canrock heroes Blue Rodeo and electro-rock stalwarts Holy Fuck and guitarist/ vocalist for his own band, the Swallows. Though the Swallows are definitely a side project, it gives Milchem the chance to prove he can do more than just bang shit. While there's nothing groundbreaking here, the band's third disc is still an impressive release. Most notable is the guitar work. Milchem and Jonny James have clearly taken pride in the axe-manship. The plethora of well-planned solos and fast-fingered rhythm guitar is reason enough to listen. The rest isn't bad either, although a few vocal melodies could've been reworked.
The Swallows play the Cameron House Friday (December 8).