Swords is an American indie rock band that formed in 1999 in Portland, Oregon. The band took their name from the idea of being "hired assassins of rock". The current lineup has been together since Spring of 2000. The name of the band was shortened to Swords from The Swords Project in 2003. In May of 2006, the band announced they would be breaking up, but would most likely continue working together in various other music projects.