B.O.M.B. Fest 2011: Swear & Shake

Above: Thomas Elefante, Kari Spieler, Shaun Savage and Adam McHeffey of Swear & Shake performed at B.O.M.B. Fest. on Saturday, May 28, 2011. (Photo/Adriana Sánchez)

The folk pop quartet Swear & Shake appeared at B.O.M.B. Fest Saturday afternoon, rendering a majestic, harmony-heavy sound that left the crowd all warm and fuzzy.

That sound is a drastic evolution from the acoustic music made by Adam McHeffey and Kari Spieler when they formed Swear & Shake at SUNY Purchase College less than a year ago.

“We quickly realized that we wanted the band to have a fuller sound,” McHeffey, of Greenwich, said in an interview after the band’s set.

To that end, McHeffey recruited two of his childhood friends from Long Island, N.Y. — bassist Shaun Savage and drummer Thomas Elefante — to lay down a rhythmic foundation. The group has since clicked, exchanging artistic ideas and becoming close friends.

“I was little nervous to open up at first when it came to the writing process,” Spieler said. “Now, we’re all very open with each other.”

The group last year released a self-titled EP, which was recorded, in part, at McHeffey’s Greenwich studio. They plan to release their debut full-length record next year.

Scott Gargan