Swearing at Motorists

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Swearing At Motorists
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Swearing At Motorists live in the early 2000s in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Background information
Origin Dayton, Ohio, United States
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1995–present
Labels Secretly Canadian
Website [1]
Members dave doughman - vocals, guitars, etc
Joseph Siwinski - drums
Past members don thrasher - drums, tapes
timmy taylor - drums
mike volk - guitar
neil blender - bass
kelley marchal - percussion
matt bowman - guitar
c. wright - sitar
phil mehaffey - organ
tom byrne - 12 string guitar, mandolin, lap steel
kelli byrne - vocals
rodd boggs - dulcimer, guitar, trumpet
steve poulton - organ
warren byrom - trumpet
nate farley - farfisa
jim greer - guitar
nick chiccehitto - mandolin
brian mctear - rhodes, banjo
noel siwinski - guitar
todd siwinski - percussion
kurt wunder - trumpet
travis nelson - drums
jonathan cargill - drums
michael kapinus - trumpet
jim zespy - organ, keyboards
joe dilworth - drums
harrison hayes - drums
mike kennedy - drums
richard coneliano - drums
ben chamie - drums
jason kourkounis - drums
dimitri coats - drums
scout niblett - drums
craig nichols - drums
will johnson - drums
matt "pistol" stoessel - pedal steel
henry owings - vocals
tc marsh - drums
martin boeters - drums
ludwig jackson doughman - vocals, drums

Swearing At Motorists is a two-piece rock and roll band composed of Dave Doughman (guitar, vocals, etc.) and a drummer (previously Joseph Siwinski). They formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1994, releasing their self-titled debut cassette in 1995. Joseph Siwinski replaced Don Thrasher (formerly of Guided by Voices), who had originally been on drums.

Critics have referred to Swearing At Motorists as “The Two Man Who”[citation needed], a nickname bestowed upon the band by Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys. Their albums are a combination of rock and love songs that portray 'a character at the mercy of his own destiny'[citation needed]. They emerged in the early 1990s in the bedrooms and basements of Dayton, Ohio amongst the hazy murk of the Midwest American lo-fi scene, which included Guided By Voices as well as Sebadoh, The Grifters, and Pavement.

Swearing At Motorists live in Indianapolis, Indiana in the early 2000s.
Swearing At Motorists live in Hamburg, Germany 2014.

Heavily influenced by other lo-fi music, Swearing At Motorists' songs are characterized by emphatic, crunching tonic chords, emotive vocals, and raw recordings, though with more emphasis on production than many lo-fi acts. Lyrically, Doughman blends narratives of seemingly mundane everyday occurrences with occasional elements of surrealism or subtle commentary, such as in Calgon, Take Me Away!. Perhaps the best known Swearing At Motorists song, "Flying Pizza", named after a Dayton pizzeria, details an unpleasant encounter with an old acquaintance.

Swearing At Motorists' concerts are characterized by Doughman's energetic performances, which involve antics such as tearing the strings out of his guitar mid-song and jumping offstage, as well as comedic anecdotes relayed between, and sometimes within, songs. The band has toured the United States and Europe several times. From 2000 - 2011 all of their records were released by Bloomington, Indiana label Secretly Canadian. In 2014 Austrian label Siluh Records released their 7" ep Burn Down The Wire. On February 8, 2014, the band successfully funded the production & manufacturing of their newest album, While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, via Kickstarter.

Frontman Dave Doughman has challenged The White Stripes to a contest of who can put on a better show, but has never received a reply.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Swearing At Motorists (CD) - 1995
  • Tuesday's Pretzel Night (EP) - 1996
  • The Fear of Low-Flying Clouds (LP) - 1997
  • Enough Drama and The Way Things Are (EP) - 1997
  • More Songs From the Mellow Struggle (CD) - 2000
  • Stumble to the Zero Hour (EP) - 2000
  • Number Seven Uptown (LP) - 2000
  • The Burnt Orange Heresy (EP) - 2000
  • Along the Inclined Plane (EP) - 2002
  • This Flag Signals Goodbye (LP) - 2002
  • Last Night Becomes This Morning (LP) - 2006
  • Exile on Gipsstraße (LP) - 2006
  • Postcards From A Drinking Town (collected singles '96-'02) (LP) - 2011
  • Burn Down The Wire (EP) - 2014
  • While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth (LP) - 2014

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