Band of the Day

2013.12.28

The Swiss

Decadent Australian disco that's a pulsating ode to music's past, present, and future
All the guys are lining up, 'cause they just wanna dance. Don't you worry baby, music sets me in a trance.
lyrics from Elouisa

There is a lot of talk about “real” disco and robots floating around at the moment and The Swiss are what disco should be. Insistent drums, tractor beam bass and melodies that got here on a rainbow - all in sync with the biorhythms of ecstasy and heartbreak. It's not wedding music, it's not beardy edit dross, it's actual disco. As they have been doing since their debut EP Movements and then again on the rampantly monstrous Bubble Bath EP, The Swiss have tastefully played every instrument live and put it down on warm tape with vintage analog gear. The end result is something between the studio and the after-party in real-time. Like a velvet fist in a chrome glove, The Swiss pack a sense of faded decadence into a face-shatteringly stunning image of what is to come. Forming in secondary school and deciding on a name with no relevance to anything, The Swiss initially set out as a trio before settling on their current line-up of Tony "Sweet 1/16ths" Mitolo and Luke Godson (also known as Luke Million, the man behind the inescapable, floor-filling earworm that is "Arnold"). Tony is a verified man-beast of a drummer whose work behind a kit is an immediate incitement to dance, carrying the unrelenting drive of a rhythm box but the lively inflection of a liquid human. Luke is the other side of the coin; a virtuosic melody ace in charge of synths, Rhodes and anything else striped in black and white that makes a noise from beyond the palace of the ultra-gods. In the shadowy background is the pseudo-enigmatic svengali and super-producer Donnie Sloan (Empire of the Sun, Sneaky Sound System), a man whose skill set in converting sound to pleasure is surpassed only by his knowledge of Australian aviation history. This diamond-paved path leads us now to The Swiss' latest offerings. A pulsating ode to the past, present and multiple futures of 4/4 that sees the band perfect what you already know they're good at whilst also pushing into new and, at times, unexpected territory.