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Don't let the seemingly young age of Phoenix, AZ-based The Sink or Swim fool you. While all age 22 or younger, the band has unleashed their music with an earnestness and fury that is non-negotiable. With each member almost imposssibly boasting of nearly a decade of experience, the 4-piece has released two well-received EP's with a 3rd to follow in the fall of 2017. The boys are headed to Flying Blanket Recordings with producer Bob Hoag (The Ataris, Gin Blossoms, The Format, Scary Kids Scaring Kids) to record the new 5-song EP. The band's recordings and live performance alike have taken their home of Phoenix by storm with local institution JAVA Magazine claiming, "The Sink of Swim have established themselves as one of the brightest and most ambitious acts in the local music scene." The upstarts' poise and vision is no doubt influenced by not only their love of all things rock n' roll but also their collective struggles with adversity - with one member claiming to be an Israeli fugitive for failing to enlist in the IDF, and another being estranged from his father at a young age due to a stint in prison. It is all these factors that inject their upcoming album "Oasis Unknown" with an even darker and heavier landscape than their recent albums. "The songs are all relationship driven," says singer Nate Zeune. "It's about processing the aftermath, coping." To a man, each member of the band claims to have one goal in their musical endeavors: to make people feel something. Says Zeune, "we're so accustomed to instant gratification, to getting a rush all the time that we're all becoming numb. We want to connect to people with our music....and we want to prove that rock n roll isn't dead." The new album will release late-summer 2017 with regional tour dates surrounding the release.
phoenix new times
". . .The Sink Or Swim seemingly exploded out of nowhere last year, releasing not one but two EPs of equivalent high-quality alternative rock, while impressing audiences at show after show. From the sounds of what they have in mind for this year, that was just a soft open."
". . .this is a vocal masterpiece for lead singer Nate Zeune. He's got one of the most distinctive voices emerging in the scene right now, and it's captivating."
". . .The Sink or Swim have taken the local scene by storm this year, and they worked hard for it, releasing two of the best records of the year and constantly playing live. Their ambition is remarkable, their drive is admirable, and their talent is unquestionable."
ALT AZ 93.3
". . .In this past year they have played at the Arizona State Fair, won a battle of the bands at the Nile Theater, multiple shows at Marquee Theater including support for Soul Asylum."
". . .The Sink Or Swim have established themselves as one of the brightest and most ambitious acts in the local music scene. They have an innate ability to write catchy-as-hell alt rock with a mix of youthful confidence and new wave quirkiness."