What began as a fun night out for Wilco drummer Ken Coomer and his Nashville musician buddies Robert Reynolds (Mavericks), Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Jerry Dale McFadden (Sixpence None the Richer) and Doug Powell has become the real live supergroup Swag.
Although they've scattered a few tracks on indie singles over the last couple of years, no one, including the members themselves, expected Swag to be releasing albums. But on March 13, North Carolina indie Yep Roc is putting out Swag's jangly power-pop debut, Catch-all, to coincide with the group's appearance at the South By Southwest conference in Austin. "I'd known Jerry Dale for a while," explains Coomer, "and whenever he'd come back from a Mavericks tour with Robert, we'd talk about getting together to make some of our own music. We all wrote songs, so we put our money together and recorded them, making tapes for our friends.
"It's just a fun project. There are no big egos involved, and we all get along really well because we like the same things. We're big pop music fans and we love great songs. Being in a band where everyone lives in the same city is a wonderful thing. We practise at my house -- it's like playing in a garage band again. After 15 years on the road, that's a nice change."