"Kujira" recorded by Colin Roper
at Crybaby Studios 3/8/2008
Photos by Kyle Johnson
Design by Aaron Edge
Aaron and Rob played a single live performance as Swearengen on April 3rd of 2008 with Rad Touch, Merrick Diaries and Thunderbird Motel at the Funhouse in Seattle, WA. Perhaps a handful of you would remember the event.
"Ellis Albert Swearengen, known as Al Swearengen, (b. Oskaloosa, Iowa, July 8, 1845 – d. Colorado, 1904) was a pimp and early entertainment entrepreneur in Deadwood, South Dakota, running the Gem Theater, a notorious brothel, for 22 years, and combining a reputation for brutality with an uncanny instinct for forging political alliances. Swearengen would marry three times, all marriages ending in divorce... on the grounds of spousal abuse. He lured desperate young women from far away to Deadwood, then forced them into prostitution through a combination of bullying and physical brutality, by himself and his henchmen. The results were highly lucrative. According to his recently rediscovered obituary, Albert was found dead in the middle of a suburban Denver street in late 1904."
Though Swearengen was a terrible man, Aaron and Rob are pretty good folks.