Sweetbelly Freakdown
The Story

Reunions are almost always transparent, disappointing affairs. Fortunately, the members of the seminal D.C. band Swiz knew this. So, when the original members began making music again together in the mid-'90s, they approached it as a totally new creation. Sweetbelly Freakdown turned away from the pomp and pageantry of traditional rock (read: "rawk!") to move towards a stripped down sound. The relative minimalism came across as volatile and infectiously abrasive, invoking "My War"-style Black Flag. Abstract, buzzsaw tracks like "Victims Complex" leave a haunting aftertaste not easily exorcised with expected riffs.

Where Are They Now?
Shawn Brown Still in Washington D.C., Shawn is a tattoo artist and currently the vocalist for Jesus Eater. Alex Daniels Currently a technology writer in the Washington D.C. area, we think he also spends a lot of time down in New Orleans. Doing what, we have no idea! Jason Farrell A renowned graphic designer, Farrell is currently living in California. Jason is now deeply involved with his new musical baby, Retisonic. Dave Stern Currently living in New York City, Dave has returned to his work in film.


April 1997


7 Inch
October 1996