The Swamps are a nasty blues and Rock'n'Roll time machine created in Byron Bay by ex-Wellington musician Matthew Armitage on Guitar/Vocal and local Matt Swan (Swanny)
The Swamps are a nasty blues and Rock’n’Roll time machine created in Byron Bay by ex-Wellington musician Matthew Armitage on Guitar/Vocal and local Matt Swan (Swanny) on the drums.
In early 2014 they combined forces to bring their raw energy and love of heavy swampy blues to the Byron Bay music scene. Swanny started using a floor tom as his bass drum and Armitage began pumping his guitar through a bass amp, tweaking the EQ just so to give the sonic illusion of a third player. They started off performing the songs of Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters, but grew to include Armitage’s original songs, surf tunes, 60’s garage rock’n’roll and 50’s jumping juke joint blues.
The Swamps quickly became in high demand around Byron Bay and Southern Gold Coast, Australia. They gathered a cult following based around a residency at The Northern, played the Blues Festival in 2014 and performed as support and backing band for legend Pete Murray at his Restaurant ‘Frankie Brown’. In winter 2015 and 2016 they even made the trek down to NSW’s Snowy Mountains for a residency at The Man From Snowy River Hotel in Perisher Valley and made appearances in Sydney at Frankie’s Pizza and The Australian Hotel Beer Festival in The Rocks.
The Swamps released a single, “Treating Me Good” on Triple J Unearthed and regularly rock their home turf Byron Bay and beyond its hills.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4 Mullumbimbi Street