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A hard-candy alterna-pop quartet originally from New Haven, CT, such as Words to Cleo or Eve’s Plum, the Swansons deserved an improved destiny than they got. Vocalist Lauren Fay, guitarist Alec Hodel, bassist Matthew Swift, and drummer Dave Faye agreed upon with Resident X Information, a Washington, D.C.-structured pseudo-indie funded by General Records, in 1993, however the group’s singular album, 1994’s Shake, was actually released by Universal’s main label Interscope. Though it’s a good and occasionally exceptional little bit of mainstream alterna-pop, the record flopped, Resident X folded when its leader jumped to rival BMG Entertainment, as well as the Swansons vanished. Lauren Fay afterwards resulted in as the lead vocalist of a fantastic but sadly short-lived New Haven indie music group, the Rays.

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