Photograph by Timothy Reidy
One of Nippertown’s most elusive bands, the delightfully dream-soaked Swamp Baby steps into the spotlight for a concert appearance so rarely that you could be forgiven for overlooking them whenever the discussion heats up about the Local 518’s best bands.
In fact, guitarists Mike Hotter and Nick Matulis and the rest of Swamp Baby conjure up their intimate, ethereal brand of chamber pop so infrequently that their Facebook page has proudly boasted the slogan, “One show a year, but it’s really good.” They aren’t lying… much. Last year, they played only two shows – Restoration Festival in Troy and the O+ Festival in Kingston.
But their albums – 2010’s All Fours and 2012’s For Baby’s Babies – should remind you that this is a band that’s worth seeking out whenever they’re willing to grace a stage. And they’ll be doing exactly that at 8pm on Saturday (March 1) when they play a double-bill with the mesmerizing Dust Bowl Faeries at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany.
And we’ll likely get to hear some brand new music from the band, too. Back in November, Swamp Baby slipped into Black Dog Studio in Stillwater to begin work on their upcoming album, tentatively titled Graffiti on the Horizon.
Meanwhile, Mike Hotter is also working on a solo album, which he hopes to release in June. And you can download five songs – including “We’ve Got to Sing (‘Cause if We Don’t, We Get All Sad and Lonely)” – all of which Hotter recorded last month on his iPhone…