Jeff Swan

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Jeff Swan has released more than a dozen albums worldwide. Every album tells a different story. Starting at the bottom of the page with Jeff’s first release “Play to Win” by “Black and White” to his Latest hard rock album “Everyday is a Party” by “Slam Bang”.

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EVERYDAY IS A PARTY / SLAM BANG: This is Slam Bang’s last and final album with Singer, Guitarist and Frontman Jeff Swan. This is a great seven song hard rock party album and features Jeff Swan, Bob Cozza, Bill Gingrich, Frankie Lee and Bob Groble.

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THE NIGHT SKY / DJ SWAN: This is the first “Trance” single from DJ Swan. This club dance song was created on an iPod Touch and recorded on a Zoom.

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JEZEBETH ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: This album features three tracks from Jeff Swan’s band Slam Bang, including the Jezebeth theme song, She’s Calling Out Your Name. Other songs include Hit It and You and I.

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NAKED AND STONED / SLAM BANG: This is Slam Bang’s second hard rock “Single”. Jeff Swan wrote the lyrics to this song during a heat wave in Chicago. Naked and Stoned went on to become one of the bands most popular songs.

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SHE’S CALLING OUT YOUR NAME / SLAM BANG: The band recruited Lead Singer Bobby Slawek and Keyboardist David E. Tedeschi to write and produce the theme song for the movie “Jezebeth”. Jeff Swan Co-wrote the song and performs the first lead guitar solo. The song also features Bob Cozza, Bill Gingrich, and Bob Groble. The Track was Produced by Matt Mercado along with the band Slam Bang and was Mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios who has worked with “Fall Out Boy” and “The Smashing Pumpkins”.

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SLAM BANG / HIT IT: The first “Single” from the party rock band Slam Bang featuring Jeff Swan on Lead Vocals and Guitars. This “Single” also includes the bonus track “You and I”. The band features Jeff Swan, Bob Cozza, Bill Gingrich and Bob Groble.

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RESURRECTION IN BLACK / SLAVE DRIVER: The Heaviest Album to date from Jeff Swan and Slave Driver. This would be the last release from the heavy metal icons known as Slave Driver. Jeff Swan and the band pushed the envelope all the way to the edge with this dark and powerful 3 song EP. The song “Not Human” was featured in the movie “The Day of the Dead”, and before the band would break up “Slave Driver” would perform in front of a crowd of thousands at the Milwaukee Metalfest XVII. The lineup featured Jeff Swan, Blair Lehman, Phil Di Maso and Bill Gingrich.

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CARNIVORE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: This was a huge album for Jeff Swan and his band Slave Driver. The soundtrack featured two songs from the band LA’s Burning and Mother Mary. The movie released on 20th Century Fox also spurred the top ten video “Mother Mary” by Slave Driver beating out Filter and System of a Down.

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JUDGEMENT DAY / SLAVE DRIVER: This was Jeff Swan’s Debut Full Length Album. The Album that kicked off a Lifetime of Metal and Hard Rock Mayhem. As most all albums are released in 16 bit, we released our first album in 24 bit. Two songs from the Album also appeared on the Carnivore Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Along side LA Guns and Holland. The songs were LA’s Burning and Mother Mary. The bands lineup included Jeff Swan, John Babila and Bill Gingrich.

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METAL SHOP / SHE’S ON FIRE: Ripped jeans, Lot’s of Hair and one party song after another. Metal Shop tore it up in the late 80’s with their wild stage show, and legendary partying. The band survived long enough to release their 3 song EP which included the ballad I Will Always Be Their For You.

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JEFF SWAN / “LOVE” IT’S A SHOT IN THE DARK: After the band Black and White broke up, Jeff Swan went into the Studio with Producer Brian Eatin and Recorded his first “Single”. This would be the first time Jeff Swan would sing Lead Vocals. Brian Eatin jumped in on the drums while Jeff played the bass and guitars.

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PLAY TO WIN / BLACK AND WHITE: At age 20 Jeff Swan and female lead singer Jackie Bruckman traveled to Highwood Illinois from California to stay with Jackie’s grandmother. They formed the group De Je Vu and took their first single “Save Me” straight to 103.1 WVVX. At midnight the song was played on the air by Scott Loftus. The band would soon break up. Jeff Swan and Singer Jackie Bruckman went through the Illinois Entertainer classified ads and found drummer John Babila and bassist Jim Patterson. Things were going well until Jackie decided to go back to school in California. So the band brought in Bob Slawek on Vocals. The band went under the name “First Love” and soon performed at the Hemmens Auditorium Battle of the Bands. The band took first place and won “cash plus recording time”. As time went on the band changed its name to “Black and White” and soon became very popular on the Illinois Club Circuit. The band was able to get a full length album together “Play to Win” before they broke up.

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BIOGRAPHY: Jeff Swan began playing the guitar at age twelve. From then on it was clear what road he would travel. By age eighteen Jeff Swan was playing lead guitar for a number of popular west coast bands including “The Red Sunglasses” and “Wreckless Pleasure”. By age 20 Jeff Swan and female lead singer Jackie Bruckman traveled to Highwood Illinois for the summer to stay with Jackie’s grandmother. They formed the group De Je Vu and took their first single “Save Me” straight to 103.1 WVVX. At midnight the song was played on the air by Scott Loftus. The band would soon break up. Jeff Swan and Singer Jackie Bruckman went through the Illinois Entertainer classified ads and found drummer John Babila and bassist Jim Patterson. Things were going well until Jackie decided to go back to school in California. So the band brought in Bob Slawek on Vocals. The band went under the name “First Love” and soon performed at the Hemmens Auditorium Battle of the Bands. The band took first place and won “cash plus recording time”. As time went on the band changed its name to “Black and White” and soon became very popular on the Illinois Club Circuit. There were parties every weekend. At one party “Jeff Swan” meet the casting director for an up coming horror film “Carnivore”. Jeff Swan landed the role of “Marc” a party going teenager. “Carnivore” 20th Century Fox. The film would take years to make and in the meantime the band “Black and White” would soon part ways. Jeff Swan moving forward with his music career went into the studio with producer Brian Eaton to record “Love” It’s A Shot In The Dark”. This would be Jeff Swan’s first solo recording “now available on itunes”. With the anticipation of the movie release Jeff Swan put together a new band called “Metal Shop” featuring John Babila on drums and Bill Gingrich on bass. Metal Shop was a fun party band and they were living the wild life throughout the late 80’s. As the hair band era came to an end the band changed its name to “Slave Driver” and landed the song “LA’s Burning” in the movie Carnivore. The producer of the film also shot a music video for the song ”Mother Mary” which hit # 10 on the CVC charts beating out System Of A Down, The Vines, Chevelle and Filter. In 2002 Carnivore was picked up by 20th Century Fox and was released worldwide. In the meantime Jeff Swan had started his own record label “Dark Star Records”. Soon after the release of the movie Ken Mader the producer asked Dark Star Records to put out the soundtrack to Carnivore. Jeff Swan as the “Reverend” Jeff and Ken brought in LA Guns, Holland, Nitro, Slave Driver and many other great artists and launched the “Carnivore Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on the Dark Star Records Label. Since then the record label has grown to having over 25 artists on the roster including Jeff Swan’s most well known band “Slam Bang”. Since the band was first formed in 2007, Slam Bang have shared the stage with a number of great bands including: LA Guns, Y&T, Jackyl, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Faster Pussycat and Others. The band was best known for their simple hard rock party songs like Naked and Stoned and Hit It. The band then became Notorious for offering Free Jagermeister at Shows and bringing girls up on stage to sing backup vocals.The original 2007 lineup included Jeff Swan, Bob Cozza, Bill Gingrich and Bob Groble. Guitarist Bob Groble who gave the band it’s sweet melodic guitar solo’s moved to Arizona and was later replaced by Russ Odean who is now playing for Veilside. Russ had left the band on good terms to go tour with Veilside, and had offered Slam Bang a replacement, good friend and ex Raine guitarist Frank Lenner AKA Frankie Lee. The band continued its duel guitar hard rock party drivin sound long enough to finish their fourth and final release with lead vocalist, guitarist Jeff Swan who moved to California. Jeff Swan also played guitar in the well known AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds for more than a decade. Besides playing music Jeff Swan appeared as an actor in a number of movies, music videos and TV shows including a starring role in the cult classic 20th Century Fox sci fi horror film Carnivore as well as Jezebeth the TV Series Pilot, Frankenstein Day of the Beast, Fragile a music video by Shatter Their Illusion and the vampire horror film Jezebeth. Currently Jeff Swan continues to act and record new music, including his electronic/trance project called DJ Swan.

 

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