Swimming in Bengal plays an early show this Sun, Nov 5, and Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento.  We start the show at 7pm and will be followed by Indian vocalist Jay Nair, who will be accompanied by guitar master Ross Hammond.  You can find more info on this all ages show at Facebook.

Bengal is currently sifting through the beautiful and broken nugs from various recording sessions to put together the next album.  Most of our previous recordings are available at Lather Records.  You can get the latest LP, Garden of Idle Hands, straight from Baggage Claim Records.  Copies of the Insomnia Village cassette from 2015 are all gone, but you can still get a digital copy at J&C Tapes.



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Swimming in Bengal – Back in Sac


Swimming in Bengal plays its first Sacramento show since May on Mon, Oct 9, at Luna’s with the Orion Guitar Trio.  The show starts at 7:30pm prompt and is all ages.  More info at Facebook.  We’ve played some out of town shows the last few months and are excited to get back on the Sacramento horse.  The Orion Guitar Trio features Mathew Grasso .


Get Bengal’s Garden of Idle Hands LP at Baggage Claim Records.

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San Kazakgascar / Abronia / The Glass Sounds


San Kazakgascar makes a rare appearance on Friday, Aug. 4 at Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento with Portland’s Abronia and newish local The Glass Sounds.  The show starts at 7:30 and is all ages.  More info. at Facebook.  This is a great line-up of heady psych, everyone offering up a different flavor.  Kazakgascar has been fairly quiet in 2017 as were are meditating on new music.  The Glass Sounds offer up a witch’s brew of aromas, and is the brainchild of Aaron Zeff and Lynda Rivera of Buk Buk Bigups, Quartz Thrust, and Vasas.  They will be bringing in the mayor of midtown, Scott Miller, for percussion.

Abronia is a group of Portland music vets, that include former members of Ghost to Falco, Eternal Tapestry, and others.  I like how they build their songs from slow burners to mountains of gold.  I hear elements of Morricone, Krautrock, free jazz, and drone/psych.  I asked Abronia founding member Eric Crespo a few questions about that band.

Dynamics are very important to me when I’m making my own music. From the sound of your album, could I assume that’s the same for you with Abronia?
Yes for sure, but it’s not really something I consciously think about too much.  Utilizing dynamics has always come pretty naturally for me.  It might just be as simple as having come of age in the soft/loud era of grunge.
Is having the one giant bass drum an effort to give the band something different than our peers?
It wasn’t really thought of as something to specifically set us apart.   The idea for a band playing around the one giant bass drum jumped into my head one day as a very clear image.  I think the idea was sort of a culmination of few different things I’ve been thinking about for a number of years–one of which is the constant struggle of trying to get the drummers I played with to play less.  So, giving the drummer just one big drum and a cymbal–the issue of overplaying is pretty much solved.
Another thing: For many years I’ve thought a lot about rhythm and thought a lot about rock music that is composed, but exists outside of the mama heartbeat rhythmic thing (say certain stuff by Captain Beefheart, U.S. Maple, Sun City Girls, etc.).  I’ve struggled a lot with whether I want to play music with a standard meter at all, but it really is satisfying to play in a comfort food sort of way.  I think having the atypical timbre of the big drum pounding out the straight ahead grooves makes the beats more interesting and palatable to me.  It makes me more excited to play music with a beat when it’s not just the standard keeping time on the hi-hat/kick, kick, snare, kick, kick, snare.
What non-musical things help inform the sound of Abronia?
Speaking for myself (I’m just one guy from this six person band), I like when I can hit on something that conjures up a specific image or feeling.  If I’m messing around on guitar  and I suddenly remember a specific section of a dream, or a view I’ve had from a trail, that’s the stuff I tend to want to explore further.  There’s a certain something I’m looking for when writing for Abronia and I think that’s all I can really say about that.  I don’t know how to explain it further.
What does the abronia lizard and the Abronia band have in common?
You know, I didn’t even know about that lizard when we named the band.  I was out backpacking in the Utah desert years ago when I came up with the idea for the band.  It was May and all the wildflowers were blooming.  One of the common flowers out there was called the sand verbena.  When I was researching that flower later I saw that the scientific name was abronia latifolia.  We decided on the band name and later I found out about the abronia arboreal alligator lizard.  Keelin says, the Abronia lizard is an endangered species and they are rather ornery and territorial.  Thinking about it now though…naming your band after an ornery lizard seems a lot more badass than naming it after a dainty little weed of a flower.  Maybe we should just start claiming that lizard as the inspiration (sorry sand verbena).

Abronia channeling ornery lizard.


Check out The Glass Sounds’ sounds

Listen to Abronia’s new full length

Listen to San Kazakgascar’s latest recording.



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Bengal – Northwest Passage


Swimming in Bengal heads north for two shows this month.  Please let your friends in the area know that we are coming through and will have copies of our Garden of Idle Hands LP.  The Bats of Ballard w/Amy Denio will be playing the Seattle date and our buds ALTO! will be playing the Portland date.  We’ll also be heading down to Los Altos next month to play live on the air at KFJC 89.7 FM.  Show details/links below:

July 14 at Heilman House in Seattle

July 15 at Projection Museum in Portland

Aug. 8 at KFJC 89.7 FM at 4pm (you can listen online)

Order our LP from Baggage Claim, Lather, Revolver, or S-S.



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Bengal in Oakland



Swimming in Bengal is playing an afternoon show at the Octopus Literary Salon on Sat. June 10.  We play at 4pm sharp and will be followed by United Separatists.  There is a $7 cover and the Octopus has food/drink.  Would love to see you!  More details at Facebook.

Review of our LP at Raven Sings the Blues.

Upcoming dates:

July 14: TBA in Seattle

July 15: Projection Museum in Portland


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Bengal at Phono


Swimming in Bengal is playing at Phono Select Records‘ “Phono Funday” new location party this Saturday, May 20.  The event takes place between 4-7pm and we’ll be joined by the Krebtones and Trinidad Silva.  It’s family-friendly and there will be snacks, drinks, and a raffle.  The new location is at 2475 Fruitridge in Sacramento.  More details at Facebook.  We’re excited to be a part of Dal’s new shop (re) opening.  See you there.

A clip from Bengal’s set a few weeks ago:


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Swimming in Bengal is excited to play with Sir Richard Bishop again.  It goes down on May 1 at Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento.  Also on the bill is way out guitarist Bill Orcutt.  This show is an Outsound Presents deal, all ages, and starts early at 7:00 pm.  You can front-load at Masullo down the block.  More details at Facebook.

Bishop will be playing solo electric on this tour, as opposed to acoustic like when we had him in Sacramento a couple of years ago.  In fact, this will be the first show of his US tour, so he’ll be fresh with new strings, a fresh shave, the whole deal!  He doesn’t have a new album out that I’m aware of, but my guess is there will be some Tangier Session stuff and maybe an old Sun City Girls chestnut if we grovel enough.

Bill Orcutt hasn’t played in Sacramento in awhile, but his playing always challenges our brains as to what guitar playing is supposed to sound like.  I don’t have a clever description, so you are spared.

Swimming in Bengal will have copies of our latest LP, Garden of Idle Hands, on hand(s).  Check out this nice write up the album got in Dusted.  We’ll be playing some Bay Area and Northwest shows in the next few months.

Swimming in Bengal’s latest LP available at Baggage Claim Records.







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