Local legends Coridian and States accompany new upstarts Swerve City at Ding Dong Lounge for a night of heavy riffs, slammin’ rhythms and sweaty friends.

Swerve City are celebrating their debut release, a cover of Big Data’s ‘Dangerous’ – A song about privacy in the digital age. Swerve City’s interpretation provides a slamming hard rock spin, while keeping the dark message of the original intact.

Swerve City is a band that seems drawn together by fate.

Adam Forsdyke (Drums) hopped into an Uber one night, driven by the unsuspecting Kevin Ashby (Lead Guitars, Vocals). Around the same time, Shannon Coloumb (Bass) and JP Carroll (Guitar, lead vocals) were toying with the idea of creating something new, to accompany the pair’s respective solo projects (Imposter Syndrome, Arrays).

JP and Kevin shared the stage when their former bands (Armed In Advance, Fire At Will) had played shows together several years prior. At Swerve City’s first band meeting it was discovered that, unbeknown to them both, Shannon’s parents had purchased Adam’s grandparents’ house. The scene was set.

The sound is one of blistering and melodic leads, expressive and composed bass lines, jack-hammer drum arrangements, thunderous guitar riffs, and emotive vocal melodies and lyrics that tackle everything from fear of the future to ancient philosophy.

Coridian are backing up the epic lockdown release of EP ‘Eldur’, complete with a sold out release show in July.

Coridian have been described, “Raven brothers (Mike, Kris and Nick respectively) work as a well-oiled machine; the gear box of which is Maharaj, his vocals taking the band from a hum to a scream within seconds” – Ambient Light

They’ve worked with some of the best names in NZ and Australian music including Zorran Mendonsa (BlackList/City Of Souls), Paul Lawrence (His Masters Voice), Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Shihad) and Ermin Hamidovic (Architects/Intervals).

Coridian have toured extensively around NZ, including their own headlining tours and performing with high profile NZ acts such as Devilskin, City of Souls, I AM GIANT, Skinny Hobos & Written by Wolves as well as international acts such as Skillet (USA), P.O.D (USA), Fuel (USA), Fozzy (USA), Sumo Cyco (CAN) & Red Sea (AUS).

STATES are debuting their new singer, returning to the stage for the first time since lockdown with their Post-Nu-Core Sound.

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