Sunday, December 21, 2008

Favorite Shawn Brown Fronted Band - Poll Results

Shawn Brown with Swiz, Photo: Boiling Point

The results are in and the the heavily favored winner turns out to be Swiz. No real surprise considering Swiz is easily Shawn's longest tenured and lasting band.

Personally it was hard for me to make my decision and looking at the results, obviously a lot harder for me than it was was for most. Ultimately I went with Swiz, but I have to give some major respect and a solid nod to Jesuseater. Between Jesuseater's self titled EP and their full length,"Step Into My Deathray" (both available on Deathwish Records), there is a great collection of some of the heaviest and hardest hitting material Shawn has done. Unfortunately I don't think Jesuseater got out on the road all that much, so their notoriety wasn't all that strong. I know through out the early 2000s I was always eager to catch them live, but unfortunately it never happened. With that being said, if you haven't heard Jesuseater, it's never too late to pick up one of their cds.

As for Swiz, plain and simply put, another D.C. great. Between Jason Farrell's riffs and Shawn Brown's vocal delivery, you really had a rare and special combo that stood out from much of what was going on at the time. Like Jesuseater, I never got a chance to see Swiz. I remember when they played Club Pizzaz II in Philly, but the same night they played Philly, if I remember correctly, there was a show at City Gardens that I ended up going to. Although I never caught them live, I can remember listening to them over and over and over again throughout the early 90s. When Jade Tree released that discography, they did us all a great service.

From what I've heard and read, Shawn works as a tattoo artist in Maryland these days and has been for quite a while. Hopefully he'll pick up the mic again at some point. -Tim DCXX

Shawn with Jesuseater, Photo: Michelle C. Roberts

Swiz: 157
Dag Nasty: 120
Jesuseater: 20
Sweetbelly Freakdown: 5


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Anonymous said...

Definitely one the top 10 HC vocalists of all time in my book.

Chazcore said...

I voted for Swiz but I felt the same way about Jesuseater. I love them. Shawn in Dag Nasty was good too but Dave's vocals fit better.

What about Dave Smalley's best band?

Anonymous said...

Jesuseater played at Hi-Fi in Woodbridge,VA back in 2002 or so. I think it was with the Hope Conspiracy and popular local band that I can't remember right now. FWIW, it was not good. They brought the wall of sound, but not much else. Might have been a fluke, but that was the only time I ever saw them.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't that an obvious choice?

Anonymous said...

What no Northern Misstep option?

Anonymous said...

Swiz was the shit. I saw Swiz play with Ignition and the Vile Cherubs in the back room of a hair salon in Norfolk Virginia. Definitely a top 5 hardcore band. I could never figure out why Sweetbelly Freakdown was so terrible, though.

trond said...

JESUSEATER played their last ever show with Turbonegro in Baltimore, could it be 2004? Got most of the show on tape somewhere. Anybody here reading this thread still and in possession of Northern Mistep?????