Swerve Release “Ebbs and Flows” Video

Los Angeles-based band Swerve have shared the official lyric video for “Ebbs And Flows” from the band’s critically-acclaimed debut full-length album Ruin Your Day. The new single edit of the song features backing vocals by Louie Schultz (Army Navy, Nightjacket) and was produced by Adam Lasus and mixed by Brandon Duncan.

“Ebbs and Flows” was the first song I wrote after moving from Hollywood to Laurel Canyon, right as the pandemic was beginning. I was still in the city but felt very far away from everything at the same time, and I was listening to a Laurel Canyon playlist with things like the Byrds, Neil Young, Carol King, and those melodies definitely creeped into Ebbs. The song is about communication breakdowns with people you love, whether because of physical or emotional distance. My sister and her fiance were separated by pandemic travel restrictions for seven months- he’s Scottish and lives in the UK and she’s here in LA- and that also heavily inspired the lyrics. It’s probably one of the most emotional songs I’ve ever written, but there’s no straightforward narrative because it didn’t seem like life had one either at the time.” says Swerve’s Gregory Mahdesian.

“Recording it was fun- we were all tracking live together at Adam’s studio in North Hollywood and coming up with the arrangement on the spot. It started on the acoustic guitar and then got built up into this multilayered moodscape. Our friend Louie Schultz swung by to add mellotron and keys- the mellotron used to belong to Brian Wilson and Adam’s studio neighbor was letting him hold onto it for a while. Mellotron is my favorite sound and it really brings the whole vision together. We’ll be releasing an alternate version of the song that was entirely inspired by Louie’s playing there.”