Over two decades together, Los Angeles–based indie rock band Louden Swain has released a series of impressive albums; toured throughout North America, Europe, and Australia; and built a dedicated social media following—all without the support of a mainstream record label.
Naming the band after the plucky protagonist of the ’80s film Vision Quest, singer Rob Benedict, bassist Mike Borja, and drummer Stephen Norton launched the band in 1997 after meeting at a party in Los Angeles. Their early, punk-inspired sound quickly expanded into a more adventurous and experimental sensibility, while maintaining the tuneful, emotionally open approach that first endeared the group to its fans on early releases Able-Legged Heroes (2001), Overachiever (2003), and Suit and Tie (2006).
When lead guitarist Billy Moran joined Louden Swain in 2006, the band’s expanded horizons manifested themselves on the albums A Brand New Hurt (2009), Eskimo (2011), Sky Alive (2014), No Time like the Present (2017), and Splitting the Seams (2018), an acoustic reimagining of songs from its vast catalog. Along the way, the band developed a rabid fan base, propelled by fans of the hit television show Supernatural, featuring Benedict in the role of Chuck the Prophet.
Splitting the Seams is a new chapter for Louden Swain, one that reconnects the band with its past while forging ahead into new territory.