genre: alternative | modern rock
Froglix welcomes modern rock aficionados, Hand Painted Swinger to the broadcast with selections from their album Speed Hump. Interestingly enough, I was first introduced to the founding members of HPS many moons ago while working as a bouncer at a bar just outside of Washington, DC. At the time, Jim Higley (vox/guitar), Billy Plank (drums/vocals), and Bob Sellhouse (guitar/vocals) were performing as part of a top flight cover band called the PestStrips. Eventually, after a very successful run which earned them a number of accolades from the mid-Atlantic music community, they disbanded to pursue other opportunities and passions. The three amigos reunited after a brief hiatus and began writing and recording new material as HPS. The end result is a carefully crafted sound that pulls from a wide range of musical influences. Higley’s crisp, clear vocals resonate beautifully as they illuminate well-written lyrics that draw upon a bevy of life experiences that just about anyone can relate to. Plank, Sellhouse, and bassist Chris Sussman provide a backdrop of melodies, harmonies, and hooks that glue it all together. Hand Painted Swinger is in a good place with their music because they know who they are and, more importantly, what they want to be as a band. It is that confidence that insulates them from the noise and quiets the din that negatively impacts so many musicians trying to become the next “big thing”. HPS is focused on writing and performing real, honest music and, from the sounds of it, they have succeeded.