Kyle James McCoy (bass/vocals; they/them) of Houston, Ryan Johnson (guitar; he/him) of Austin, and Carlos Cooper (synth/drum machine; he/him) of Corpus Christi, make up Sword Collector.
Innovative convenience. Recollective intervention. A power used for resurgence. Of folk, rock, and of the ancients – a withstanding conjure of the soul; a palpable sweat beading down your left temple, across your nervous brow, tensioned in surprise and harkened delights. It’s a song of life, experience, petulance, and of the ridiculous curtailed in manipulation and the efforts of one, in trying to understand the unfathomable.
The darkness is closest, when it’s at its most friendly. ‘Inherit The Scepter’ is a crowning piece by the new band, putting the pieces of what needs to be said, and injecting personal spins of truths and wonder.
“I wrote ‘Inherit The Scepter’ as a means of healing from the bizarre forms of emotional abuse perpetrated by my biological father,” said Kyle. “From having his friend call the police on my wedding to staying in a romantic relationship with a woman that tried poisoning my sibling and me, he left in his wake a lot of trauma that’s hard to escape. In this song, I remind myself to find lessons in my past without letting that past take control of my future. By releasing trauma’s grip on my actions, I reclaimed my power. With this mindset, I’ve managed to build boundaries and create a healthy relationship with my aging father on my terms.”
With such songwriting, Sword Collector has already garnered a smattering of local, national, and international headlines from New Noise Magazine, American Pancake, IDIOTEQ, The Bend Magazine, Indie Witches, and Teal Cheese. Their music and community building efforts have inspired a small but passionate following, including musicians that have learned their songs for covers.
Spending their formative years as active members of their local hardcore punk scene, Johnson, McCoy, and Cooper built a lasting friendship on the foundation of music. After nights sharing visions of their new musical identity, the band established core principles of sonic exploration, radical vulnerability, and mystical esotericism.
Look for more from this dynamic and gripping art and music.
For their debut EP, each member recorded in their respective home studios, sending the final tracks to guitarist Ryan Johnson for mixing, then to John Allen Stephens of Third Coast Recording Co (The Suffers, Camera Cult) for mastering.
The band also teamed with photography duo Tera Elwell and Laura Suarez as well as designer Brian Morgante of Flesh & Bone Design, helping Sword Collector craft a landscape both sonically and visually rich with ancient magic and self-actualization.