Sweaty Palms release their snarling debut album, ‘Quit Now’

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There’s something in the air in Glasgow of late; it’s a fertile pool of guitar-based talent with plenty of energy bubbling away under the surface and Sweaty Palms are the most visceral of the lot. Their name in itself is a reference to those factors – anger, nervous energy, excitement… and today they release their revved-up debut album, Quit Now, a solid template that somehow emits the energy of their chaotic live shows and encompasses their general view of the world with a heavy disdain towards the 21st century’s narcissistic culture, rampant misogyny, prejudice, discrimination and all the other shit that clogs up our United Kingdom.

Instead of a plethora of radio-friendly, ready-made singles, Sweaty Palms wanted to focus on making an album that was more of an experience with a thematic understanding woven throughout every track. From the nihilistic Pretext, through to the black humour of Queer Fatwa and the stark, The Liquid Hall, there’s a collection of soundscapes that veer from your sold indie rock into weirder, darker territory, with synth leads and spacious arrangements perhaps pointing to the band’s future intentions.

Dork Magazine have hailed it as a ‘stonker of a debut’, which ‘establishes Sweaty Palms as one of the most exciting garage rock prospects around’. We’re probably going to have to agree, there.


You can listen to the album on all good streaming services here.

Sports Team provide Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’

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Last night, our very own Sports Team cracked the watershed with ‘Kutcher’ making Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record In The World.’

After the track was played on air, frontman, Alex Rice, spoke on the phone with ‘Annabel’ Mac about the origins of the band, their inspirations, what a Sports Team live show entails and what’s next for the guys. You can hear the track and interview below:

Tickets for Sports Team’s headline Scala show are available here.

Nice Swan Records makes waves at The Great Escape 2018

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As Nice Swan descended on to this year’s Great Escape festival, the buzz was palpable for Pip Blom, Sports Team and Sweaty Palms, all playing to packed out shows throughout the course of the weekend. DIY Magazine reported on the below as part of their festival round-up:

At The Western at the sober hour of 3pm, Sports Team are packed into a tiny upstairs room that can barely contain singer Alex Rice’s Jagger-esque dance moves, let alone the heaving crowd that’s watching them. Where previously the London band’s schtick was all about the show – an are-they-real-or-are-they-joking mix of ludicrous shape-pulling and a man inexplicable playing a box of tic tacs – now they’ve got the songs and the musical skill to back it up. ‘Beverley Rose’ and ‘Winter Nets’ are theatrical tales of faded suburbia, while recent single ‘Ashton’ is a gloriously odd nod to the former Punk’d star. How their brains work that way we do not know. But thank christ that they do.

The Komedia has gone Dutch today, with a handful of acts from the Netherlands showcased across the afternoon. Amsterdam newcomers Pip Blom – fronted by Pip herself and backed by an impressively gnarly group of pals – are one of the country’s frontrunners, their Courtney Barnett-esque slacker-garage rock hybrid noisy in the best way.

Words: Will Richards
Photos: Emma Swann

Read the rest of the article here: http://diymag.com/2018/05/19/the-great-escape-festival-2018-day-two-report-phoebe-bridgers-bodega-gengahr

Take a listen to Pip Blom’s formidable new single, ‘Pussycat’

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Today is a good day. Why, you ask? Because Pip Blom has revealed her latest single, ‘Pussycat’; a snarling, 3-minute joyride of a track which sees her at her most forthright and cocksure. Taken as the first taster from her impending EP, Paycheck, which is set for release on the 31st August on Nice Swan, ‘Pussycat’ is driven by a collision of guitars courtesy of brother and bandmate, Tender, and given some whiskers by Pip’s formidable cool, with her demanding, ‘I wanna know what you’re trying to say’.

The full EP track listing is as follows:

  1. Pussycat
  2. Come Home
  3. The Shed
  4. Hours

Following on from a UK co-headline tour with Nice Swan labelmates Sports Team, which included a sold-out showcase at London’s Moth Club, the consistently, charismatic presence of Pip Blom and her band are set to grace UK and European shores this summer as they support alt-titans, The Breeders alongside a slew of festival dates, listed below:

MAY
17-19 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (Four Shows)
27 – Vicar Street, Dublin (w/ The Breeders)
28 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (w/ The Breeders)
29 – Stylus, Leeds (w/ The Breeders)
30 – Roundhouse, London (w/ The Breeders)

JUNE
01 – The Lock Tavern, London
02 – Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham

JULY
10 – Academy, Bristol (w/ The Breeders)
11 – Academy, Birmingham (w/ The Breeders)
13 – The Ritz, Manchester (w/ The Breeders)
14/15 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
29 – Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire

Sweaty Palms announce their debut album, ‘Quit Now’

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Fans of Glaswegian upstarts, Sweaty Palms, will be thrilled to learn that the band have announced plans to release a debut album this summer.

Entitled, Quit Now, with a release date set for the 8th June, it promises to encapsulate on all of the vehemence that makes the band such a thrilling entity.

“The anger comes from the rampant atmosphere of misogyny in our society… apathy, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms,” the band state. “To make music that doesn’t address this in some way would feel dishonest and pointless.”

You can pre-order the record here but for those who will struggle to wait a whole month, their latest single, ‘Transit Paul’, is enough to whet the appetite for now.

Listen to the track below, and check out the official tracklisting:

Tracklist:

1. Pretext
2. Queer Fatwa
3. Captain Of The Rugby Team
4. Grey Existence
5. Winter Sports
6. Transit Paul
7. The Illusionist
8. Feed Me More
9. Kellyanne
10. The Liquid Hall
11. Community Crass