Kyle Shutt Discusses The Sword’s Hiatus

Kyle Shutt recently spoke with The Austin Chronicle and discussed The Sword’s decision to go on hiatus. According to him, it was partially motivated by a decrease in crowd sizes and fans complaining about a lack of older material in their sets.

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Shutt said the following:

“Personally, I’m really bummed about it. I’ve been in the band since I was 20 and I’m 35 now. It’s not the end… I don’t think. I hate to get into it, because it wasn’t 100 percent my choice, but it did seem like the best option if we were able to continue at some point in the future.

It’s no secret that the vocal minority on Facebook says, “I just want the first three albums!” For us, it’s just like, “Yall, if you expect the same thing over and over again, we are not your band! I don’t know if you’ve been listening the last 15 fuckin’ years!”

We started The Sword because there was no band like that. Then all these Johnny-come-lately motherfuckers started doing half-assed versions of what we were doing 12 years ago and it became so watered down that we wanted to grow out of that and push the genre into different directions. Especially with High Country, I wanted to do a dance pop song and I wanted to do some really mellow shit.

On that last tour, we were better than we’d ever been, but there were half as many people at the clubs. Most bands would kill to play to 200 people, but when you used to play to 500, it creates a weird energy.

With that and the music industry being even further down shit creek than when we started, it was the perfect storm for us to be like, “Fuck this shit, let’s just put it away for a while and come back to it when people wake the fuck up.”

As previously reported, Shutt is currently working on a solo album.

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The Sword To Go On Hiatus

The Sword have announced that they will be going on hiatus following their fall U.S. dates. With this news, the band have also cancelled their Australian tour. The group said the following:

“After 15 years of nonstop recording and touring, The Sword will take a hiatus following their U.S shows at the beginning of October. The Australian tour scheduled for the end of October has been cancelled. The band apologizes to their Australian fans, but feel it is time for a breather.”

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The Sword Announce Fall U.S. Dates

The Sword have announced some fall U.S. shows. Here’s the dates:

09/28 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
09/29 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
09/30 Louisville, KY – Champions Park (‘Louder Than Life‘)
10/01 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
10/02 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge

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The Sword Premiere “Don’t Get Too Comfortable” Lyric Video, Announce U.S. Dates

The Sword have premiered a lyric video for their song “Don’t Get Too Comfortable.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Used Future.“

In other news, the band have also announced a U.S. tour:

07/26 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
07/27 Lawrence, KS – Granada
07/28 Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose
07/29 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
07/30 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
07/31 Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
08/01 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
08/03 Albany, NY – Jupiter Hall
08/04 Portland, ME – Aura
08/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
08/07 Providence, RI – The Met
08/09 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
08/10 Columbia, SC – The Senate (Music Farm)
08/11 Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
08/12 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
08/13 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
08/14 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
08/15 Orlando, FL – The Social

The Sword Reschedule Australian Tour

The Sword’s planned September Australian tour has now been postponed until to October. Here’s the new dates:

10/24 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo
10/25 Melbourne, AUS – Max Watts
10/26 Sydney, AUS – Factory Theatre
10/27 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers Live
10/28 Perth, AUS – The Rosemount

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The Sword Announce Australian Tour

The Sword have announced a September Australian tour. Here’s the dates:

09/05 Perth, AUS – Rosemount Hotel
09/06 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers Live
09/07 Sydney, AUS – Factory Theatre
09/08 Melbourne, AUS – Max Watts
09/09 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo

The Sword Premiere “Used Future” Video, Announce More North American Dates

The Sword have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “Used Future.“ That effort was officially released today (March 23). The clip was created by videogame makers Rooster Teeth in the spirit of old Nintendo games

In other news, the band have also added more dates to their North American tour. Here’s their updated schedule:

With King Buffao:

03/23 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
03/24 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
03/25 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
03/26 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
03/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/29 Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/30 Spokane, WA – The Pin
03/31 Boise, ID – Neurolux
04/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
04/03 Grand Junction, CO – The Mesa Theater
04/04 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
04/06 Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon Theatre
04/07 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
04/08 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
04/09 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
04/10 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall/Lounge 1884
04/11 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
04/12 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

With The Shelter People:

04/25 New Orleans, LA – Parish at House of Blues
04/26 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
04/27 Knoxville, TN – The International
04/29 Jacksonville, FL – Rockville
04/30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/02 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
05/03 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/04 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
05/05 Virginia Beach, VA – Lunatic Luau
05/06 Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
05/07 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/08 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/10 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
05/11 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
05/12 Rochester, NY – Anthology
05/13 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
05/14 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews
05/15 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
05/17 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
05/18 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill

With The Atomic Bitchwax:

06/07 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
06/08 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
06/09 San Diego, CA – Belly Up
06/11 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
06/12 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
06/13 Vancouver, BC – Venue
06/15 Calgary, AB – Marquee
06/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
06/17 Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/18 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid
06/20 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
06/21 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
06/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls Theatre
06/23 Washington, DC – Rock n’ Roll Hotel
06/24 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06/26 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
06/27 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
06/29 Hot Springs, AR – Maxine’s