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Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue Returns with New Album ‘Tropical Breakdown’

Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue returns with a new album, ‘Tropical Breakdown,’ via their long-time outsider home, Voodoo Rhythm Records.



Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue, photo by Olivier Carrard

Pierre Omer’s career is riddled with antiquated sounds ranging from macabre Eastern European folk to crooning Southern electric blues, and this comes from a man nestled in the border city of Geneva, far away from the Carpathians or the Mississippi delta. Swing-infused gypsy jazz is another style he caters to, and his own Quatuor du Hot Club de Suisse, Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue, returns with a new album, Tropical Breakdown, via their long-time outsider home, Voodoo Rhythm Records.

Tropical Breakdown follows up their 2016 debut, Swing Cremona. The record continues in their modern take of an older noir-swing-jazz-trash style that resonates with underground audiences romanticizing the Roaring Twenties aesthetic and the garage punks. Omer’s name is already known within the European underground circuit from his time in Voodoo Rhythm staple act, The Dead Brothers, and Los Gatillos, along with his recent Pierre Omer and The Night Cruisers. The Swing Revue marks a decade roaming Europe in 2023, and the members who’ve kept this anachronistic machine running include the steady percussion of Julian Israelian, the tango n’ Fender Rhodes combination from Geraldine Schenkel, and the tight-knit brass work of Christoph Gantert.

Tropical Breakdown Track Listing:

1. “Atomic Swing”
2. “Give Me The Groove”
3. “Tropical Breakdown”
4. “L’ amour a la Plage”
5. “It Doesn’t Sound The Way (It Should Be)”
6. “Zanzibar”
7. “Get Down On Your Knees”
8. “Just One Kiss”
9. “What Are We Doing Here”
10. “Lanen”
11. “Leslie Kong”
12. “Swing Street” (w/Lalla Morte on lead vocals)

Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue Returns ‘Tropical Breakdown’ album artwork

Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue Returns ‘Tropical Breakdown’ album artwork

Touring is in the future for the quartet, with confirmed dates below. Tropical Depression will be available through Voodoo Rhythm Records on October 20th.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Sep 22 – Waldrandfestival/Heitere Fahne (Wabern, CH)
Sep 28 – Minimum Boulder Hall (Zürich, CH)
Nov 03 – Cafe Kairo (Bern, CH) *record release show
Nov 04 – Caveau du Coeur d’ Or (Chexbres, CH)
Nov 05 – el Lokal (Zürich, CH) *record release show
Nov 16 – Usine (Geneva, CH)* double record release party w/L’effet Philémon
Nov 17- Cafe Mokka (Thun, CH)
Nov 19 – Cirque Electrique (Paris, FR) w/Lalla Morte
Nov 20 – CHAFF (Brussels, BE)
Nov 21 – Sonic Ballroom (Köln, DE)
Nov 22 – Hep Cat Club (Augsburg, DE) w/DJ Howlin’ Max Messer
Nov 23 – Altes Volksbad (Mannheim, DE)
Nov 24 – Alte Hackerei (Karlsruhe, DE) w/Black Magic Six
Nov 25 – Anlagen Café (Schwäbisch Hall, DE)