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Malady

Round The Bend (808 State Remix)

    A chance first time meeting one morning in Block 9 at Glastonbury 2022 between Graham Massey and Nice Swan Records lead to this serendipitous release between London newcomers Malady and Hacienda legends 808 State. Fitting in line with Malady's remix packages over the last 18 months this seemed like the perfect alignment between old and new.

    Sprints

    Literary Mind

      Sprints bring us another slice of cathartic, melodic and punchy punk-rock.. Produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band and out now on Nice Swan Records, the band will headline The Dome in London on October 13th. The single bookends a busy summer for the band, which included supporting Liam Gallagher in Belfast and a massively popular Glastonbury set. The new run of dates follows two sold-out UK tours. The accompanying video is a feel-good romantic odyssey culminating in the band crashing proceedings with typical exuberance.

      English Teacher

      Polyawkward

        Leeds indie heavyweights English Teacher announce details of debut EP ‘Polyawkward’, via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR).

        The follow-up to mammoth lead track ‘Good Grief’, ‘A55’ captures the group’s trademark enigmatic wordplay and vivid musicianship in full flow, adding further credence to their status as key players amongst the emerging indie elite, having already been spotlighted in the NME 100, DIY’s Class of 2022 and Dork’s 2022 Hype List.

        Detailing their second EP reveal, bandleader Lily Fontaine explained: “”Writing the lyrics for ‘A55’ was a cathartic exercise after waking up with ‘The Fear’ the morning after the night before – reflecting on the rise and fall of the ego as it became affected by what I put in my body, I hoped that putting it down in verse would make the embarrassment all worth it.”

        Hallan

        Sich Übergeben / Money Talks

          The track is a study in perpetual motion – caught between an exhilarating swagger and a drunken lurch. Built around a spiralling, infectious synth lead-line, rolling bass and drums, and skittish guitars, this all provides the backbone for Conor Clements’ visceral vocal spitting.

          It tells a tawdry tale, examining the propensity for unhinged views born of banal insularity. As the band explain:

          “A father hiding behind a screen, a family watching the Queen’s jubilee and a wife leaving her unloving husband for a new life in Spain. We’ve seen all of these people and we know them too.

          Shady Baby

          Come To Life / Lonely Town

            Last year, Nice Swan Records started the monthly ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series, shining a light on the most exciting emerging talent. Following releases with the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom, FEET & FUR, the Series introduced a whole wave of new and exciting talent including Courting, Sprints, Malady, English Teacher & Opus Kink, which cemented the label as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels for discovering the hottest new talent. Volume two of the series ha already unearthed Prima Queen, Deadletter and Saloon Dion and next up are Brighton’s Shady Baby.

            It is with impeccable timing that the week after Brighton’s Great Escape Festival, the UK’s most famous multi venue event showcasing the best new music – Nice Swan Records, today, have announced their latest signing, Shady Baby – one of Brighton’s own! Shady Baby is the musical project of Brighton based Sam Leaver. Inspired by the sounds of Madchester & Britpop, and with a love for John Cooper Clarke, Leaver began making his own brand of angst ridden pop during the height of lockdown where songs were formed out of frustration whilst locked in his bedroom.

            Having approached Brighton based producer Theo Verney (English Teacher, FEET, FUR, Egyptian Blue, TRAAMS etc) with his early demos, the two instantly formed a musical bond that has seen them work closely together in the studio ever since and Verney has helped hone the exciting sound of the debut tracks of Shady Baby.

            Speaking on the track, Leaver said:

            “‘Come To Life’ is an angry response to feeling like people treated you like shit but you let them get away with it. Feeling both angry at them but also at yourself for letting it happen.”

            Leaver then enlisted the support of old childhood friend Laurie Debnam, on guitar after bumping into him at a house party in Brighton having not seen each other in a decade. Nick Varnava (Bass) and Tom Jackson (Drums) complete the line-up, having joined from other bands on the scene in the legendary musical city.

            Saloon Dion

            Pressure / Hey Hey

              Bristol newcomers Saloon Dion release explosive latest effort ‘Pressure’ via cult indie label Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, English Teacher).

              Born after successful stints in some of the city’s most beloved post punk and surf rock outfits (including Football FC, Kimbo Nice, Ratbags), the raucous quintet have firmly established themselves as a thrilling new fixture within the punk landscape, bagging slots alongside the likes of Anorak Patch, KEG and Sprints in recent times.

              Sparking early press plaudits from key indie champions (Brooklyn Vegan, Clash, Dork, So Young) and radio tastemakers alike (BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne), the frenetic outfit are certainly making all the right noises in their infancy, with further new music and frenetic live shows lined up in the months to come.

              “‘Pressure’ is a direct response to Britain’s current economic climate”, the Bristol natives explained. “Lyrics which were at first deeply personal began to take on a wider meaning as the British public became subject to numerous political scandals, and an ever-worsening financial crisis. The idea of being forced to leave somewhere you love and depend on the help of others in the face of immeasurable odds also developed its own terrible resonance at the time of recording”.

              Opus Kink

              'Til The Stream Runs Dry

                Partnering up with the cult indie label for their first extended release, the enigmatic collective – comprised of Angus Rogers, Sam Abbo, Fin Abbo, Jed Morgans, Jazz Pope & Jack Banjo Courtney – lend a blend a dizzying array of influences in their ever-evolving enigmatic style, producing an experimental patchwork of explosive material that’s consistently earned widespread plaudits since bursting onto the scene.

                With EP lead singles ‘I Love You, Baby’, ‘The Unrepentant Soldier’ and ‘Dog Stay Down’ attracting praise from all corners of the press landscape (NME, DIY, So Young, Dork, Clash, Gigwise), not to mention countless BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Lauran Laverne) spins, the six-piece are clearly primed for a busy summer. Having already ticked off live dates alongside label-mates Malady and Mandrake Handshake, in addition to a sold-out headliner at London’s legendary 100 Club last month, the band have a slew of festival appearances lined up in the months to come, as well as shows with FEET and Bull.

                Detailing their EP, Opus Kink stated: “You may begin by dipping one stained and rancid toe, but you know that once those waters have been tasted there’s only one way to go – into the stream, away down the valley like flotsam and windfall. Here lie six songs of bad love, ill winds, possession, stagnation and earthly delights”.

                The Rills

                Do It Differently

                  With taught, propulsive rhythms and witty, acerbic vocals – the omnipresent backbone of small-town living lies front and centre in everything that The Rills create, coupled with the driving ambition to make something bigger of themselves that chime through in every cutthroat riff. Early tracks from the new EP hear front-man Mitch Spencer quip about local outcasts from the band’s hometown and how younger generations should go against the grain of the cultural norm. On new single ‘World Leader’, the trio are pointing their fingers in an ironic fashion towards the stuffy, political gatekeepers of the world. “World Leader is an ironic bashing of modern politics” explains Spencer. “It’s a stab at our modern political figures, the way we digest media and the way voters express their views online”.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Skint Eastwood
                  2. World Leader
                  3. This Is Hell
                  4. Do It Differently
                  5. Never Around

                  Anorak Patch

                  By Cousin Sam

                    “[‘Delilah’ is] one of the best singles of the year: its combination of urgency, dissonance, vocal phrasing, lyrical empathy and a formidable rhythm section add up to something that’s incredibly powerful and instantly addictive.” - The Sunday Times (Breaking Act)

                    “Anorak Patch and fellow female-fronted acts such as Wet Leg are here to shake up the maledominated post-punk scene” - The Independent

                    Aged between just 15 and 18, Anorak Patch have been quick to grab the attention of tastemakers across the UK, and now they finally announce their debut EP, ‘By Cousin Sam’, released via Nice Swan Records.

                    ‘Cousin Sam’ is about burying your cousin at a funeral - a bleak topic that isn’t a reference to anything, set to an almost psych slow tempo with haunting vocals that end up erupting together. Effie’s vocals have been compared to that of The Pretenders, Blondie and even early Bloc Party.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Cousin Sam
                    Cousin Sam (Intro)
                    Paris Will Be Paid For
                    Irate
                    Delilah
                    Blue Jeans
                    Polly Filler

                    Prima Queen

                    Chew My Cheeks

                      On the new single Prima Queen offer the following: “Chew My Cheeks is a song that centres on an unhealthy obsession with someone who is slightly out of reach. We wrote it in lockdown last year when we were remembering what it was like to idealise people you don’t know and to use them as a form of escapism. We ended up watching The Matrix in isolation together around the same time and were really inspired by the world in which the movie creates” Prima Queen are an all-female indie/alternative rock band fronted by songwriting duo and best friends Louise Macphail (Bristol, UK) and Kristin McFadden (Chicago, USA). Combining vulnerable and nostalgic story telling with light-hearted lyrical imagery, their ethereal yet gritty style draws influences from artists such as Julia Jacklin, Nilüfer Yanya and Lucy Dacus.Discussing their collaboration with The Big Moon, the band say “It was incredible being able to work with The Big Moon since they’ve been such a big inspiration to us and we look up to them so much. They really understood our vision for the song and we were so impressed with how they were able to bring it to life.” Prima Queen have recently played sold out headline shows at The Windmill and the Dalston Victoria and have just come off tour with Billy Nomates.

                      Deadletter

                      Pop Culture Connoisseur

                        Deadletter release their new 7” single, ‘Pop Culture Connoisseur’. Hailing from Yorkshire, the now South London rooted band channel the droll fury of The Fall and the lopsided rhythms of Talking Heads into a strain of danceable post-punk, exploring the darker side of existence through a lens of narrative-driven levity.

                        Previously supporting the likes of Squid, Viagra Boys and Pip Blom, Deadletter have emerged as a genuinely thrilling live prospect. Experts in the field of intensity, the band seamlessly switch from conversational verses into a mix of unadulterated post-punk fury and irresistible rhythm, addressing themes such as bureaucracy, loss of personal identity and modern-day consumerism.

                        New single, ‘Pop Culture Connoisseur’, produced by Theo Verney (TRAAMS, Lazarus Kane, FEET), finds singer and frontman Zac Lawrence switching from the overt politicism of previous releases into a more tongue-in-cheek narrative centred around the case of PC Read, a police officer fired for stealing doughnuts through a self-service checkout. In addition to providing a case study into the fashion those in positions of authority often consider themselves above the law, the track also aims to comment at the manner modern morality so often relates to PR optics, as the cultural trope of law enforcement eating doughnuts is played out in real time.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Pop Culture Connoisseur
                        Hero

                        Sprints

                        A Modern Job

                          The impossibly buzzy Dublin-based quartet Sprints unveil details of their new EP A Modern Job, which is out on Nice Swan Records.

                          Lyrically, Modern Job finds singer Karla Chubb at her sardonic and angry best, detailing her own personal wish-list "I wish I had the guts/I wish I had the gall/ I wish I had a girl" - all set to cascading guitars and a formidable rhythm section; working in unison to create unrelenting tension, all the while echoing the subject matter Chubb explores in her lyrics.

                          On the new single, singer Karla Chubb offers the following: "Modern Job is a critique of modern existence but also an exploration of growing up queer. In your formative years, you are bombarded with media, books, news that depict what a “normal” life should be. Grow up, fall in love, get married… long live the nuclear family.

                          By contrast when you grow up queer all these ordinary things can seem extraordinary, out of reach and in some parts of the world, illegal. It leaves you feeling lost, excluded and confused. I wanted Modern Job to capture those feelings; chaotic energy, loneliness and longing of normality while trying to find acceptance within yourself."

                          Sprints have received support from the likes The Guardian, Clash, NME, DIY, Dork as well as love at Radio 1 and Radio 6Music. Recent single How Does The Story Go? (also on the EP) was premiered by Steve Lamacq who praised it as “their best song yet! These guys are going to be something," The single was included in Spotify UK's New Music Friday as well as leading in playlists from NME, Loud & Quiet and others. Sprints combine guitar-driven hooks, motoric rhythm and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk and beyond. Like the Irish guitar acts who have paved the way for them: Fontaines D.C., Silverbacks and Girl Band, the sound of Sprints is urgent and vital at every turn.

                          Sprints have hit a nerve. Driven by experience, tough political climates and social and economic uncertainty - their music is honest, often politically charged and authentic.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          How Does The Story Go
                          Modern Job
                          Deliah Smith
                          Little Fix
                          I'm In A Band

                          Jaws The Shark

                          Another Day In Paradise

                            Having already solidified his reputation within the past year, gaining praise from key publications including Dork and Gigwise, alongside spins on the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Shaun Keaveny, Huw Stephens) airwaves, Jaws the Shark is certainly swimming in a sea of potential, and with support slots for Dinosaur Pile Up imminent, his presence across the indie landscape is primed to become even bigger in the months to come.

                            Produced by Theo Verney (FUR, FEET, Lazarus Kane, English Teacher).

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            Another Day In Paradise
                            Cold Feet

                            Side B
                            Erase Myself
                            Still Young

                            The Rills

                            Skint Eastwood

                              Raucous and whip-smart in equal measure, ‘Skint Eastwood’ tells the story of local outcasts, distant in their family lives and chastised by their communities.

                              “Skint Eastwood is a Lincoln loner. He’s a BMX bandit who lurks the streets for affection, be it by begging, stealing or borrowing” explains frontman Mitch Spencer. “Suburban life gives way to people like Skint Eastwood, kids with nothing but the change in their pockets and the rucksack on their backs - cycling into oblivion as much as they are crying out for help. There’s something familiar about that old cowboy cliche; a hard exterior crossed with a soft and vulnerable interior is easily used to describe the lost boys and girls of our generation.”

                              Armed with a forthcoming debut EP full of biting, streamlined indie - all taught, propulsive rhythms and witty, acerbic vocals - the omnipresent backbone of small-town living lies front and center in everything that The Rills create, coupled with the driving ambition to make something bigger of themselves that rings in every cutthroat riff.


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