By Annie Reuter
When listening to the Swon Brothers‘ major label debut album, which dropped this week, one thing is immediately evident: their musical versatility. It perhaps comes as no surprise, then, that the Eagles, a group well known for its all-encompassing sound, is one of their biggest influences.
“If you listen to one of [the Eagles’] records you’ll have something like ‘Life in the Fast Lane,’ which is super classic rock, and then ‘Lyin’ Eyes,’ which is straight-ahead country,” Zach Swon tells Radio.com. “That’s the approach we took. Every song is different musically, and you probably wouldn’t expect these songs to be on the same record, but we did that on purpose. We wanted to do that Eagles approach; no matter what they did you knew it was them singing because of that harmony. That’s the tie that binds, the brother harmony.”
It’s that ‘brother harmony’ that the Swon Brothers (real-life siblings Zach and Colton Swon) have been perfecting since they were kids. Zach explains that they were born into music, as their parents sang and played in a Southern gospel group that traveled each weekend. As a result, Zach and Colton grew up on the road and are no strangers to tour buses. The gospel group eventually segued into a variety show that often featured Zach and Colton singing songs by the Everly Brothers and Donny Osmond’s version of “Puppy Love”—which wasn’t exactly a favorite.
“Every night I was not real excited to sing it,” Colton confesses. “It was just different, even though I love Donny and Marie.”
And, says Zach, “What’s so funny is you had two boys singing this song.”
This is one point the Swon Brothers agree on. Throughout our interview, however, Zach and Colton continually poke gentle fun at each other. Whether it was a topic such as Zach’s long-winded talking points, or Colton claiming his prowess at golf, this was clearly a conversation with siblings.
“Colton did much of the singing back then but then my voice developed into the talent of the group,” Zach jokes about their early years. “It’s hard being the face and the talent.”
A band of brothers, it was only a matter of time until the fighting side came out. In all fairness, Zach started it when prompted by the question of what it’s really like for the two of them to work so closely together.
“It’s really hard being in a band with your brother mainly because we can probably make each other madder than anyone else could,” he says.