The Jimmy Swift Band
|The Jimmy Swift Band|
|Also known as||Fly Jimmy Swift, JSB|
|Origin||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Years active||1999 – 2014|
|Associated acts||Grand Theft Bus, Slowcoaster, Dr. dFunkt, Scientists of Sound|
|Past members||Jake Smith
The Jimmy Swift Band (JSB) is a Canadian indie rock band from Halifax that combines elements of rock, jam, and electronica. Composed of Craig Mercer on guitar and vocals, Mike MacDougall on bass, Aaron Collier on keyboards and effects, and Nick Wombolt on drums, the band has been most often described as rocktronica.
Formed in the late 90's by members of the now defunct band PF Station, JSB draw their name from the name of the subject of one of PF Station's songs, "A Night in the Life of Fly Jimmy Swift". Before eventually choosing their current name, the band was known for a time as Fly Jimmy Swift. Combining intricate guitar and a distinctly electronica keyboard sound with a hard hitting and rock solid rock rhythm section, the band is known for its exciting live show full of lengthy progressive instrumental jams that always get the crowd up and moving.
The band has released 5 studio albums, 2 live albums, a live 5.1 concert DVD, a remix album, and a greatest hits package on 8-track tape. They've won three East Coast Music Awards, and numerous Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS/Music Nova Scotia) awards over the past 15 years.
In 2004 the band produced their first video for the single "Two Hands on the Wheel" with New Brunswick filmmaker Greg Hemmings. On November 28, 2006, JSB released an animated video produced by Copernicus Studios for the single "Turnaround", from the album Weight of the World.
For close to 15 years, the band maintained a busy touring schedule, playing up to 250 shows a year across Canada and the US with stints in Asia and the Bahamas, they have performed internationally at numerous festivals worldwide and were considered instrumental in the development of Eastern Canada's Evolve Festival and Prince Edward Island's Shoreline Festival. Other events include Moedown (NY), Haymaker (VA), the World Electronic Music Festival (Toronto), Canada Day celebrations in Bermuda and many more. The group are at the head of the Atlantic Canada jam scene, and frequently play with fellow scene mates Grand Theft Bus, and Slowcoaster.
On May 13th, 2011 it was announced by Aaron Collier on his website that the band had decided to break up. Three years later the band announced it would be touring Eastern Canada for one final tour, ending with a performance at the Evolve Music Festival in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
- Now They Will Know We Were Here – 2001
- "Up in Arms"
- "Beautiful in the Morning"
- "Drive By"
- "Now They Will Know We Were Here"
- "Warm and Fuzzy Feeling"
- "When Worlds Collide"
- Onward Through the Fog – 2003
- "Two Hands on the Wheel"
- "Running High"
- "The 80s Runway Model"
- "When It Comes to It"
- "Now and Then"
- "Yard Sale"
- "Astronauts Attempting to Take Off Their Spacesuits so They May Copulate"
- The Rebirth Of Hooch – 2004
- "Now They Will Know We Were Here (pt 1)"
- "Now They Will Know We Were Here (pt 2)"
- "Astronauts Attempting to Take Off Their Spacesuits..."
- "...So They May Copulate"
- "The 80s Runway Model"
- Precious Gems & Rarities (8-track cartridge only) – 2005
- Weight of the World – 2006
- "Onward Through the Fog"
- "Weight of the World"
- When All Is Said And Done... ...There'll Be A Lot More Said Than Done – 2011
- "Evacuation (Remix)"
- "Daisy (Remix)"
- "Medicine Chest"
- "Turning Of The Tide"
- "Running Through The Tall Grass"
- "The Bend"
- "Onward Through The Fog (Remix)"
- "Faceless (Remix)"
- "Weight Of The World (Remix)"
- "Road Rage"
- Ahh Yeah (Drop Records) – 2000
- Martin, Chris. "Band on the Run", The Sillouette, January 11, 2007.
- Bruhm, Jon (7 April 2005). "Jimmy Swift Band Pay Tribute to Hunter S.". Chart. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
- "Sounds Like Canada", CBC, June 1, 2005.
- O'Connor, Ryan (15 January 2003). "Jimmy Swift Band Break the Curse". Chart. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
- "Goodbye, JSB". 13 May 2011.
- The Jimmy Swift Band official website
- The Jimmy Swift Band bandcamp site
- Live recordings by The Jimmy Swift Band at the Internet Archive