Subway Car Dreaming

by The Sway Machinery

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about

Some of you back in the day NYC people may recall that once upon a time The Sway Machinery was an eccentric power trio with predilections towards Chasidic music, country Blues and Noh Theater. The songs were in English, mostly, with occasional forays into Yiddish, and the music was hard to classify, New York-specific rock and roll. We played at CBGBs and other now defunct lower east side venues. The band's most notable success was when we were tapped to create the music for the Stockholm Jewish Theater's debut production, Natten Laser Stjarnor (The Night Reads the Stars) in 1997.

We recorded two albums. Subway Car Dreaming was the second. We went into the studio just a few weeks after the 9-11 WTC attack; a heightened period, to say the least. It was also a rough time in my personal life, and the community and love in the band was very strong in helping me through. We came out with something quite good.

Sadly, the band fell apart soon after making this record and not many people have heard it. Tomer and I have decided to do a digital "reissue" of the record (Sean Kupisz is currently unavailable for comment, but I think he would approve). We hope you enjoy this music, and that for those of our friends who were around during its creation this will bring back some fond memories!

Over the years, I've continue to use The Sway Machinery band name for various incarnations of my musical endeavors...you can follow our current proceedings here:

www.facebook.com/SwayMachinery

credits

released January 1, 2002

Jeremiah Lockwood-guitar, vocals
Tomer Tzur-drums
Sean Kupisz-bass guitar

with special guest:
Stuart Bogie-tenor saxophone, clarinet and contra-alto clarinet and Jew's harp

Recorded in November, 2001 at Vibromonk Studios, Brooklyn NY
recorded and mixed by Dan Shatzky and Tamir Muskat

Original album photography, artwork and layout by Dana Yavin
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c. 2002 The Sway Machinery
Jeremiah Lockwood's songs are ASCAP (Swaying Music)

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The Sway Machinery Brooklyn, New York

The horn-driven quintet Sway Machinery draws on a mélange of influences—from Latin jazz to Ashkenazi cantorial tropes—to forge a dance-friendly, at times ecstatic sound. The group, founded by the guitarist and singer Jeremiah Lockwood, the grandson of the esteemed cantor Jacob Konigsberg, melds Lockwood’s Jewish musical roots with a wide-ranging interest in world music.
THE NEW YORKER, Feb 2013
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