Schwervon! is a two piece American band born on the Lower East Side of New York City. Nan Turner (Nan & The One Night Stands) plays drums. Matthew Roth (Major Matt Mason USA) plays guitar. They both sing. Their band name is taken from the warped abbreviation of an urban slang, meaning: “to do something well in one’s own way or in a unique manner, usually involving members of the opposite sex.”
Schwervon! have been described as Antifolk, Minimalist Rock, Noise Pop, DIY, and even 90’s Indie Revivalist. Their longish career spans five albums and three seven inches. Schwervon! are a perpetual experiment between a drumset, a guitar, a couple and a song. But a particular reaction to their music has remained consistent, as David Gedge of The Wedding Present so eloquently put it: “I’m not sure how just two people manage to make such a big sound!”
Live Schwervon! performance intermissions occasionally involve Matt reciting original poetry while Nan improv dances amongst the audience.
Schwervon’s latest release, Broken Teeth, is a mini album of fiery acoustic tracks recorded in their home. Their latest full length album is entitled Courage. It was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders). Guest artists include Frances McKee (The Vaselines, Sunny Moon) and Dave Shouse (Grifters, Those Bastard Souls).
Schwervon! have toured the world and performed with The Vaselines, Belle and Sebastian, Guided By Voices, The Wedding Present, Vampire Weekend, The Thermals, Kimya Dawson, R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery), Speedy Ortiz, Jeffrey Lewis, Wussy, and other luminaries.
In 2012 Nan and Matt moved from NYC to Shawnee, Kansas where they presently call home.