The Swiss Guard began its current iteration in late 2017, as bassist Evan Straley recruited singer/songwriter Justin Pope, guitarist Brian Green and drummer Ryan Whittemore to kick out some jams at a private party. Jams were kicked mightily that night, and the rest is history.
Coalescing around a shared love of 90’s alternative rock, jazz, and what people used to call “electronica,” and adding the talents of Steve Thomas on keyboards, the band began to grow Pope’s original songs beyond their folky roots, weaving intricate grooves and ambient washes around the heartfelt melodies. In the skilled hands of these musicians, Pope’s tales of woe finally found their “whoa.”
Come and hear what one area man described as “kind of sound[ing] like Paul Simon and The War on Drugs covering a bunch of Justin Pope songs.”