May 16, 2016

Upcoming NYC Shows – Summer 2016

After over a year’s hiatus, Anton Sword is playing shows again.
First two added:
Thursday June 30 – Leftfield, 10 pm – 87 Ludlow St, New York
Thursday July 28 – Panoply Performance Lab as part of Trauma Salon – 104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn doors 8 pm

January 19, 2015

Swiss Shows – Winter 2015

January 23, Friday: Helsinki Klub! Geroldstrasse 35, Zurich
January 24, Saturday: Cafe Kairo! Dammweg 43, Bern – part of the ‘Tour de Lorraine’ festival
and after shows in France and Belgium, we return to Zurich
February 9, Monday: BoschBar! Sihlquai 240, Zurich

Never been to Switzerland in wintertime. Looking forward to some new experiences and some favorite old places. Lineup: Anton Sword – keyboards, beats, voice. Blythe Gruda – voice. Julian Maile – guitar, voice.

Anton Sword & The We Ours 2015 Winter tour

January 7, 2015

Blythe Sword plays Pete’s Candy Store – guitar edition

This sunday, Jan 11, Blythe Sword (Blythe Gruda on voice, Anton Sword on keys etc) will play its third show; this one at Pete’s Candy Store – 709 Lorimer St between Frost & Richardson, you know the place. 10 pm, free. Best of all, we’ll be joined this time by guitar god Julian Maile for a trio set. Later in January Blythe & Julian will also join Anton for an Anton Sword & The Ours tour in Europe. So this Sunday will be our last show in NYC for at least six weeks.
Anton Sword & The We Ours 2015 Winter tour

December 22, 2014

Blythe Sword – ‘Maybe It’s Begun’ Live at Cameo

Maybe It’s Begun – perf. by Blythe Sword at Cameo Gallery, Williamsburg, NYC, Sat 13 Dec 2014. Debut show, with Brian Wolfe on drums and Kristofer Widholm on guitar.

November 7, 2014

Blythe Sword Debuts

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When singer Blythe Gruda and I met in rehearsals for Kate Loves Bryan, the Kate Bush/Roxy Music double cover band (that’s playing, by the way, at Bowery Electric on Saturday Nov 22), we knew at once that new imaginary land could be won by uniting her white light with my trembling questing. A spark arced in the dark, spelling Blythe Sword in candleflame: ballads on piano in scarlet, funereal black and brooding blues, gently etched with electronic textures at the edges. Comparisons to Portishead, Dead Can Dance, and other things like that will inevitably be made, but none will be quite accurate.

Come see what it is for yourself. We’re debuting on Saturday December 13 at Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (L Bedford stop). Joining us that night, and also debuting, are our friends the Anderson Family Singers Featuring David Driver, and our favorite DJ Marmon. DO NOT MISS or I will be sad and pout at you. Tickets are available here .

If you positively demand a sort of preview before coming, here are some snippets of our rehearsals.

more background:

BLYTHE GRUDA and her expressive, versatile four-octave voice have already hit both The Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall stages several times, most notably performing, recording and touring the American and UK Premieres of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulveus’s Pop Opera, Kristina. She also starred as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in several productions around the world. She enjoys traipsing with her entourage of composers, visual artists, educators, mad scientists and friends across Tuscan hillsides, in various Cathedrals, in elegant and eclectic rooms, in the woods, in various types of parlours dressed in gowns and outrageous costumes, as comfortably accompanied by Symphony Orchestras as by thrash guitarists or a single bass clarinet. She rocks the mic regularly with The Losers Lounge, her RUSH Tribute band The Rush Project, Kate Loves Bryan, and other projects.

ANTON SWORD you already know. He is me.

THE ANDERSON FAMILY SINGERS
FEATURING DAVID DRIVER
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This evening marks the world debut of an exciting and inspiring new musical project known simply as The Anderson Family Singers Featuring David Driver. Its members are Chris Anderson and David Driver.Anderson Family Singers

CHRIS ANDERSON has been delighting, confusing and disappointing audiences for nearly 21 years. He has fooled enough people to land composing jobs with ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘The Heart She Holler,’ ‘Delocated’ and ‘Wonder Showzen,’ as well as “band member” status with Tragedy: the #1 All Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Muckafurgason. This is his 11th Artistic Venture with David Driver since the pair realized each other existed.

DAVID DRIVER has toured the US, Europe and the Middle East with Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Richard Butler, and Roy Nathanson & The Jazz Passengers, among others, and was in the original Broadway cast of the musical ‘Rent.’ He’s released music with his bands Lux Rd., Driver Quartet, Meow, and Phillips&Driver, and been featured on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The David Letterman Show. He owns a t-shirt with Chris Anderson’s face on it, which he only washes by hand.

This evening’s performance will feature classics from The Great American Songbook, some Notable Contemporary Pop Songs, and some material composed specifically for this event.

MARMON
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Bringing with him years of experience and general affinity for sharing a proper vibe, Marmon’s DJ sets are a free-form mix of deep house and disco, all filtered through a lens of love.
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