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Concert / Post-punk Sweeping Promises

© photo 1: Jackie Lee Young

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Thirteen years ago, Caufield and Lira began making music in a small town in Arkansas. Over the subsequent decade, having relocated to Boston in 2012, the duo became serial band-starters on the East Coast underground. Their many DIY projects and releases established their thrifty and disciplined songwriting practice, known by few. 

Sweeping Promises, their latest project, was born in a disused and reverberant concrete laboratory in Cambridge, MA. Tracked with a self-devised single-mic technique” and mixed in mono, the band’s debut Hunger for a Way Out was completed just in time to enter quarantine. 

Angular guitars and sharp synth notes float atop a raw rhythm section, while Lira Mondal’s effervescent vocals truly define Sweeping Promises’ sound. There’s something simple yet otherworldly about these tracks: You have the DIY prowess of Kleenex/​LiLiPUT and Girls at Our Best!, a brooding new wave‑y minimal synth sound woven in, and an undeniable pop-leaning appeal captured in vibrant monaural glory.

For fans of:

Bodega, Lithics, Automatic

Sweeping Promises — Hunger For A Way Out @ First