Sunday, May 10, 2009
Swing Kids were a 1990s hardcore/screamo band. The band members were Eric Allen (of Unbroken), Jose Palafox (of Struggle and Bread and Circuits), John Brady (of Spanakorzo and Sweep the Leg Johnny), and frontman Justin Pearson, who would release their recordings on his own Three One G record label.
Their music was characterized by Justin Pearson's spoken/screamed vocals and their melodic/chaotic rhythms & song structures. Swing Kids carried the San Diego "art hardcore" movement past the initial wave of Gravity Records bands through the late 1990s.
Swing Kids are credited with the unintentional creation of so-called Spock Rock, mainly due to fans emulating Pearson's fashion sense and hairstyle, which looked similar to that worn by Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek.
Justin Pearson later played with the Locust, Holy Molar, Some Girls, and the Crimson Curse. Eric Allen committed suicide in 1998. Other Swing Kids went on to join Spanakorzo, Bread and Circuits, Head Wound City, and Sweep the Leg Johnny.