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.

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.


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.

August 21, 2014

New (Old) Tracks: ‘How It Never Was’ / ‘Out of the Hive’

Here are two newly rough-mixed recordings of hitherto unpublished songs. Both songs were written years ago, but haven’t found the inside of your ears until now…

How It Never Was –

(drums: the fabulous Kristin Mueller; acoustic bass: the excellent Jay Foote. Recorded partly by Kristin and Damon Whittemore at Tritone/Godelstring and partly by me at home)


Out of the Hive –

(everything played & recorded by me at home)

April 23, 2014

Anton Sword & The We Ours this Sat April 26 in Bushwick. FREE. New songs, new projections

Anton Sword & The We Ours return to Don Pedro this Saturday April 26, re-joining ARKHAM, Brooklyn’s Goth-ish dance party. F R E E


Live Show by Anton Sword & The We Ours @ 9:30PM, DJs @ 11PM
Goth | Industrial | EBM | Darkwave | Synth | Cold/New Wave | Post-Punk | Deathrock | Dark 80s


Join us in celebration of Halloween’s spring sister holiday: Walpurgis Night!

Jackie Rivera will be selling and displaying her lovely gothic jewelry & accessories…


• LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR [11pm to 12am]! •



Subway Directions: L train to Montrose Avenue; G train to Broadway; J/M train to Lorimer Street.

February 26, 2014

J.C. & Anphibius Make Their Memorials to ‘Uneasy Listening Music’ Available to Download

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Before Anton Sword, there was Anphibius – half of the NYC-based, Europe-trotting duo J.C. & Anphibius that crept across stages from 1999-2006 purveying their special brand of “Uneasy Listening” Music. Now the duo has made their music available again (oh no!) on Bandcamp.

J.C. and Anphibius met in the frog pond of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1990s after seeing each other play in their respective bands Glim and Individual Fruit Pie. After a shy courtship they elected to croak in unison, and so began to write newly hatched songs of love found and mislaid. From 1999 to 2006 the duo wove and spread their melodic but minimal skein of sound across the Atlantic, where it caressed both shores several times, triggered some delicate ripples, and slowly sank beneath the waves without a murmur. It left in its tiny wake only a hush, a sigh, a small puddle on a table, and 3 CDs.

J.C.‘s fetishistic tales of love, lost love, and self-love combine a fragile melancholy with a naughty wit. Anphibius’ music is sometimes mesmerizingly bare, and sometimes lush and poppy. Influences cited by awestruck audiences included Lee Hazlewood, Burt Bacharach, Erik Satie, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and Jarvis Cocker.

The duo’s strategy of presenting songs in their most honest, naked form leaves plenty of space for listeners to contemplate their own sins. Tender and sprinkled with sophisticated humor, the songs themselves make you feel as if you’re in your own sitting room sipping cognac.

After these eternal umpteenagers quit the field in 2006 (well, there was one wedding gig in 2008, to be completist), the duo split to begin new lives in Amsterdam (J.C.) and in New York under a new name, Anton Sword (Anphibius). But their unique mood remains preserved in this series of recorded specimens.

Experiencing J.C. & Anphibius may not change your life. The only guarantee is that every song will tell a story.