Latest Nice Swan signees, Fur, were invited to play a BBC Introducing Live Session by Steve Lamacq last night at London’s Tobacco Dock. If you fancy hearing What Would I Do in all it’s live glory, you can listen to the full session here. It’s a beauty.
Yak released their debut album, Alas, Salavation, in 2016; a highly anticipated record, it offered an insight into the nervy, enthralling mind of frontman Oli Burlsem and gave us some fucking delightfully, dirty riffs to boot. Two years have passed, line-ups have changed and sounds have shifted, because just like Yak’s live presence, their authentic unpredictability is key.
We write this band of the week based on the pure love we have for Yak’s latest single, Bellyache. Press play and you’re greeted by Jurassic 5 style panpipes which then morph into a woozy, psych-tinged stomp with bassist Vincent Davies’ (formerly Hidden Charms) sound stamped all over it. A quarter of the way through, the swagger and sleaze come through in plentiful helpings before it contorts into all out manic, stream-of-consciousness carnage. The last lyric, “if you’re going for broke just make sure you don’t choke”, comes from the notion that this could be the last record they would ever make – a signifier that Yak are a band truly committed to the intensity of whatever moment they find themselves in. You can catch the guys live at the following dates:
23rd October – The Crescent, York
24th October – Newcastle, Think Tank?
25th October – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
26th October – Sheffield, Picture House Social
27th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
30th October – St Albans, The Horn
31st October – Bristol, The Exchange
1st November – Southampton, Heartbreakers
2nd November – Brighton, The Haunt
7th November – London, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
The Snuts, comprised of Jack Cochrane, Joe McGillveray, Callum Wilson and Jordan McKay, are a band that are bubbling under Scotland’s surface, ready to burst at any moment. Driven by the kind of stadium-sized dreams that glint in the eye of their predecessors, their vast choruses and powerhouse vocals have struck a chord with Scotland’s much-revered civic pride, amassing something of a cult following which spreads far beyond the parameters of their West Lothian upbringings.
Their debut single, ‘Seasons’ masters blistering indie energy and serves as an enticing glimpse into their ambitious tendencies and the same can be said for follow up single, ‘Manhattan Project’, a riotous, rock and roll number that is as emotive as it is charismatic.
Off the back of a truly rousing set at TRNSMT festival’s King Tut’s stage, which attracted over 6,000 punters shouting every word of their music back to them, the band have announced a UK tour for this October which will climax on three Scottish dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen – all of which have sold out. Check out the dates below:
15th October – The Prince Albert, Brighton
17th October – The Louisiana, Bristol
18th October – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
19th October – St Luke’s, Glasgow
20th October – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Manchester is frequently dubbed the ‘music capital’ of the UK and whether you agree or not, its heritage, live scene and general spirit are hard to match. Back for another year, Neighbourhood Festival, an inner-city event thats spans across all of the cities music venues, played host to an eclectic, crowd-pleasing line-up including Temples, The Orielles and Swim Deep. But as standard procedure goes, Sports Team stole the show. Delve into their mini gallery below courtesy of photographer, Henry Calvert.
After a succession of amazing singles, we can finally share Pip’s debut EP, Paycheck, with the world. Connecting all the elements that has made her such an enduring face on the new music scene in the last year, Paycheck is a roaring, attitude-laden offering that maintains the group’s playfulness and knack for melody. It works as something of an older sibling to Blom’s previous singles, doubling up on the infectiousness of those early hits but with a bigger crunch.
The release follows a wave of early raves for the band’s intense guitar rock sound: Rolling Stone named ‘Come Home’ a song you need to know, praising its “killer post-punk groove.” NPR also declared itself a fan of the band’s audacious sound, calling the single ‘Pussycat’, “a perfect millennial anthem.”
Listen to the EP below and judge it for yourselves. You can also purchase and play through all good streaming services here.
Nestled somewhere between Zayn Malik and Lennon Gallagher, Alex Rice can now have ‘heart throb’ added to his bow of accolades as he’s managed to land himself in the coveted pages of Vogue (or their online site, at least.) Listed as one of the 50 boys they’re spotlighting for 2018, this could be one of the bands finest accolades to date, no?
Find Alex sitting prettily amongst the other ‘hottest boys in the world’, here.
Almost a week after what can only be described as a career pinnacle, Sports Team are still riding high from a triumphant headline slot at Scala. As sweaty, joyous and tongue-in-cheek as all the reviews have painted it out to be, it’s a definable milestone in the band’s career and a perfect end to a stellar summer.
The set finale is the snapshot every audience member will have imprinted in their brain’s; perched atop a speaker stack, dressed in a suit for the occasion, Alex Rice watches, enthralled, as a ferocious tide of crowd surfers bob to the surface before falling back under as set-closer Kutcher, an indie anthem for the ages, rings out around the venue. Balloons descend from a cage on the ceiling. A hand-made, tin foil sculpture of a shark (10 points for effort, guys) sits in the corner. Sweat gleams from every single person’s orifices. Fuck Robbie at Knebworth, this is the kind of intimate, grin-inducing set that bands surely live for.
The Guardian called it a reminder of why indie made it back from the brink and well, no one’s going to argue with The Guardian, right?
Here’s a gallery of images delineating the night, courtesy of Connor Willis.
There’s nothing quite like being graced with a new Pip Blom song, is there? Well, count your lucky stars, because that’s exactly what we have to offer in the shape of her new single, Come Home.
The track, taken from her impending EP, Paycheck, is in stark contrast to her previous release, Pussycat. Whereas Pussycat was brash, fierce and brimming with attitute, Come Home lies on the more downbeat side of life with a hypnotic, swirling guitar tone that perfectly underlies Pip’s defiant state of mind. It’s a further example of how diverse her palette actually is, continually ready to expand.
The release correlates pretty nicely with the string of headline dates that Pip will embark on this November:
14 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
15 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
16 – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle
17 – The Night and Day Café, Manchester
19 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
20 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
21 – The Prince Albert, Brighton
22 – The Lexington, London
24 – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
25 – Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin
26 – The Cookie, Leicester
27 – The Boileroom, Guildford
Grab your tickets here.
Great news folks, Nice Swan Records and Sports Team’s very own label, Holm Front, have come together to release the much anticipated AA single of Kutcher & Margate.
After the glowing success of both singles this year, the band & Nice Swan Records have decided to treat the masses and unite both tracks into a glorious AA single. When two songs are that good, it only makes sense to combine them into one sonically decadent package, right?
The 7″ single will be available to purchase for yours truly as of this Friday, however if you’re itching to get your hands on it as soon as humanly possible, the pre-order link is here.
It is with great pleasure that we announce a new addition to the Nice Swan team… the inimitable Fur will be joining the roster to teach us all a lesson in the art of a good haircut and a winning melody.
The Brighton quartet have accumulated a dedicated fanbase thanks to their perfectly-packaged guitar pop and dreamy, Wes Anderson-esque music videos, which reflect on the upbeat and doleful in equal measure.
Keep your ears to the ground for some more news in the next coming weeks but in the meantime, check out Fur’s Spotify profile below to get acquainted.