Swear and Shake Slowly Accept “These White Walls”


Swear and Shake recently caught my ear with the weary roots-pop of “These White Walls.” Taking a sick-and-tired of being sick-and-tired look at romance, singers Kari Spieler and Adam McHeffey harmonize about wanting to give up the game.

“‘These White Walls’ was written in a day,” says Spieler. “It came out of me like a conversation with a friend. It explains a feeling of being lost, having no control and slow acceptance of it all.”

She gets there without being mopey, though, blending genres and confusing emotions.

“I came into Americana/folk by accident,” Spieler admits. “I was very much into soul music at the time and was learning about Dan Penn (specifically ‘Do Right Woman’). After the song was written, I wanted to hear more from artists like Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline.”

Be sure to see Swear and Shake’s “These White Walls.”