Harmful If Swallowed


Amanda Blide


There are some who believe that nothing really lasts in Los Angeles. That it's a place for temporary and transient art, music and people. It's probably a good time for them to listen to Harmful if Swallowed. Born, raised, bred and inspired in LA, Harmful if Swallowed is explosive proof that yes, a killer punk band can grow up and evolve into a killer rock band.

For singer/guitarist Greg Martin, singer/bassist Carlos Nieto and drummer Jay Pinfold the goal is refreshingly simple and clear: preserve the punk attitude but wrap it around big, bold, unforgettable hooks that simultaneously grab both your heart and your brain ... and maybe a few other places too.

The smart, incisive lyrics reflect the fact that these guys have never stopped paying attention over the years. They get the joke and they're more than happy to let you in on it. And they cut their teeth way back when dodging spit and beer bottles, which does more to polish performers than most probably realize. But they survived the scene that many bands never made it out of and when you listen to the music today it's clear that there's a good reason for that. Just listen to the folks over at KROQ FM. They've long understood that this band matters so they've always made a home for them there. Then just listen to the new music.

Songs like “Blame”, “Forever” and “Sleepless” are sparkling examples of modern rock that makes total sense. The edge that you feel is the real deal, honed over the years rather than created by a committee. But as good as the music sounds; as fresh and modern and triumphant and soaring and biting and addicting and provoking and exciting as it all is - it's not just the music that makes Harmful if Swallowed so special.

It's the attitude behind the music. That's what the X factor is. That's the curveball. You can't fake having been there and that's what makes this music so real. The punk history is sweetly layered through every new cut; baked in just as it should be.

But the bold modern edge is all new and all ready for the real world. They have re-engineered and re-invented themselves. They are the evolution of classic, melodic punk. There are some things that last in Los Angeles. And one of the best things is Harmful if Swallowed.

Press Releases

07.25.17//Harmful If Swallowed Drops Edgy New Music Video “Blame”

Harmful If Swallowed Drops Edgy New Music Video “Blame”

Los Angeles, CA – Harmful If Swallowed released their new music video, “Blame,” the first single off their upcoming EP, Sleepless. The song, produced by Ryan Greene (NOFX, Authority Zero, Lagwagon), embodies the hot and cold nature of relationships and depicts just how far one will go to find happiness. The music video is available for viewing on YouTube.

The narrative of the music video depicts two lovers in deep conflict as arguments, frustration, and alcohol tear them apart. Filmed in a vintage style, “Blame,” uses kinky elements like leather, bondage, and whips fused with a broken relationship to connect to their overarching theme of love and hate. “Having lived through both love and hate I feel the hate is something that the listener will identify with lyrically,” explains lead vocalist, Greg Martin.

Harmful If Swallowed is made up of Martin (vocals, guitar), Carlos Nieto III (bass), and Jay Pinfold (drums). Since releasing their debut album, the band has had songs licensed to MTV, caught the attention of KROQ radio DJ Kat Corbett, and shared the stage with KORN, Bad Religion, Green Day, Unwritten Law and more. The band plans to release their next record, Sleepless later this year

Harmful If Swallowed has revitalized a classic punk sound and crafted the ability to make relatable, yet mosh pit worthy music. Watch the video for “Blame” on the band’s YouTube channel and learn more about this SoCal punk-rock trio by visiting HarmfulIfSwallowedBand.com.

09.08.17//Harmful If Swallowed Releases Explosive New EP Sleepless

Harmful If Swallowed Releases Explosive New EP Sleepless

Melodic-Punk Band Announces West Coast Tour in Support of New Record

Los Angeles, CA Harmful If Swallowed has just dropped their new EP,Sleepless, featuring five riveting punk tracks. The SoCal trio have managed to completely revitalize the classic punk sound onSleepless through the struggle between love and hate, by creating relatable, yet mosh-pit worthy music. In support of the fresh new EP, the band announced a West Coast tour through the month of September. Sleeplessis available for streaming and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Exploring the line between love and hate, the songs on Sleepless embody both of these complex emotions. “Having lived through both love and hate, I feel the hate is something that the listener will identify with lyrically in songs like “Blame”, “Sleepless”, and even “Dreamkiller,” explains lead singer, Greg Martin. “In contrast, the love portion of the EP is manifested in beautiful compositions entitled “Forever” and ‘In Trust.’” The edgy lead single, “Blame,” embodies the inspiration for the new record, which depicts just how far one will go to find happiness.  A video for the song premiered on Punktastic and is available for viewing onYouTubeSleepless was produced by  Ryan Greene (NOFX, LagWagon, MEGADEATH) and mastered by Gene Grimaldi (Pennywise, Rancid) at Oasis Mastering in Burbank, CA.

Harmful If Swallowed hails from Southern California and is composed of Martin (vocals, guitar), Carlos Nieto III (bass), and Jay Pinfold (drums). Ahead of the EP release, the band kicked off their tour in Austin, TX and will continue throughout most of September playing in cities like Hollywood, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. Since releasing their debut album, the band has caught the attention of press outlets and radio stations such as KROQ, New Noise Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, Buzzbands.LA and more. They have also shared the stage with Bad Religion, Green Day, Unwritten Law, The Ataris and more.

Raw and enticing, Harmful If Swallowed has added new flare to the classic pop-punk sound that is undeniably high energy, yet totally addicting. Download or stream theSleepless EP on your favorite digital music provider and be sure to catch them on tour in a city near you. VisitHarmfulfSwallowedBand.com for more information.

Harmful If Swallowed Fall Tour 2017:

9/07 – Austin, TX – The Dirty Dog

9/09 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar

9/11 – Scottsdale, AZ – Rogue Bar

9/12 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room

9/14 – Long Beach, CA – Blacklight District

9/16 – Hollywood, CA – The Viper Room

9/17 – San Francisco, CA – Winters Tavern

9/18 – Portland, OR – Twilight Café

9/19 – Seattle, WA – Substation

9/20 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon