Three members and one former member of Focus have worked together to launch a double instrumental album under the band name Swung.
Focus men launch improv album
Bassist Bobby Jacobs produces Swung studio versions of sound check instrumentals
The first volume features bassist and producer Bobby Jacobs and drummer Pierre van der Linden plus ex-guitarist Niels van der Steenhoven. The second sees the rhythm section team up with current guitarist Menno Gootjes.
Jacobs says: “These are studio versions of all the fun we have during our Focus sound checks – often before Father Focus, Thijs van Leer, arrives. We always start to play from zero, and is is what happens.”
The first self-titled album was released as a tour-only title, while the second part is brand new. The later lineup are opening for Focus on their current UK tour dates.
Remaining UK tour dates
Nov 19: Kinross Green Hotel
Nov 20: Glasgow Ferry
Nov 21: Hull Fruit
Nov 22: Sheffield Corporation
Nov 23: Liverpool Cavern Club
Nov 24: Swansea Scene
Nov 25: York Duchess
Nov 26: Sale Waterside
Nov 27: Leamington Spa Assembly
Nov 28: Lowdham Village Hall
Nov 29: Devizes Long Street Blues
Nov 30: Ilminster Square & Compass