NSWNi003: Sprints – The Cheek – Out on June 19th 2020


NSWNi003: Sprints – The Cheek


Dublin-based four piece, Sprints are the latest new act to emerge from the city fast becoming one of the most prolific places for hot new bands. With the recent success of other locals Fontaines DC, Girl Band & Silverbacks – Sprints are the latest in line ready to burst out of the city having just formed last year and are already creating a wave of excitement across Dublin with early single, ‘Kissing Practice’.

Their creative process is very much rooted to the everyday goings on around them and just like a true garage band, write and rehearse in their village home’s back garden shed. Taking things to the next level, they were quick to team up with Girl Band’s Daniel Fox who has been producing them in his studio. Drawing influence from the likes of Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem – there is a fun, energetic and retro feel to what they do but very much sounding as fresh and exciting as their local peers. The Cheek is a raw, raucous and bass fuelled single with post-punk and alt-rock influences. Laced with sarcasm, the song tackles sexuality head on.

Lead singer and guitarist Karla says on the single; “The Cheek was inspired by conversations at bars and Karla’s experience with her sexuality. As a person who is bisexual, your experiences can be dif icult. You’re not gay enough, you’re not straight enough, you can be over-sexualised or demonised, I’m going to bed or I’m going to hell. People of any gender identity or sexuality will face criticism and pigeon holing based on their label. Whether it’s being told I wouldn’t have been kissed did they know I was bi, or being asked would I do a threesome, having your ass grabbed and your space invaded – this is my big fuck you to all those people.

Thematically it is all centres around my experience of sexual assault, unsolicited advances and sexuality as a whole. It’s raw, personal and high energy because it’s a song that is all about venting frustrations. “ Sprints have already started to build an army of local fans, with their last few shows around Dublin selling out rapidly. The band are now set to unleash their ferocious post-punk to the world.

Sports Team’s debut album Deep Down Happy debuts at Number 2 after a *seriously* close chart race


Chromatica by Lady Gaga holds on to Number 1 for a second week in a photo-finish Official Albums Chart race.The UK’s fastest-selling album of 2020 so far retains the albums top spot finishing ahead of its closest competitor by less than 600 chart sales.

It means midweek leaders, indie band Sports Team score this week’s highest new entry at Number 2 with their debut album Deep Down Happy. The six-piece do however seize the title of the biggest seller of the week, leading on physical sales as well as having the edge on digital downloads. Sports Team score the best seller of the week across UK independent record shops and Number 1 on the Official Vinyl Chart after shifting 4,300 copies on wax.

The six-piece, who formed at Cambridge University, took their loss in good spirits – comparing the week-long competition to 1995’s “battle of Britpop”, when Blur’s Country House beat Oasis’s Roll With It to number one.

“It was Blur vs Oasis, and we were Oasis,” they wrote on Twitter, next to a picture of them sharing a beer at a picnic table. Took it closer than we had any right to. Will be paying back the IOUs well into our forties but… what a ride. Love you all.”

Overall an absolutely fantastic achievement for a debut record! Everyone here at Nice Swan is extremely proud of all that you have achieved over the last few years.

Band Of The Week: Malady


London group, Malady have been gigging around the capital and teaming up with friends for shows over the last 18 months. The four piece have now released their second video offering following on from the live video for their track ‘Famous Last Words’. Next up is this awesome demo of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ something that is probably being span right now at Arsenal’s training ground.

It’s early days for Malady, a group who openly express that they’re still honing their craft as they go. With this in mind, the band have taken a step forwards with a relatively non committal release which serves a something for future fans to go back to when they return from a show.

Watch this space….




With a new video out today and their debut EP on the horizon, we meet the exciting five-piece.

Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.

Recently we’ve met Nice Swan record newbie Phil Madeley, LA-based collective Peach Tree Rascals, experimental artists GLOWS, Aussie alt-rockers Loose Fit, and now we’re introducing you to gritty five-piece Hotel Lux.

Raised in Portsmouth and now a solid staple of the ever-blossoming South London scene, the group create sizzling “pub rock” gems, blending indie grooves with darkly intense lyricism, and are currently gearing up to release their debut EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ on 24th April.

Sharing the animated vid for recently released stomper ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ today, created by the band’s own Cam Sims, he explains, “The video for ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ is the result of boredom during the COVID-19 lockdown. It features stuff that we all took for granted a few weeks back.”

We caught up with them to find out a lil’ bit more about what makes them tick.

Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
Like to try a variety of things, average around 3 minutes.

What’s your earliest musical memory?
Madness – Baggy Trousers. Used to think the lyrics were jokes as a kid. Still reckon it’s the only song bar our own (and even that’s debatable) that I know word for word.

Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
Just all the bands that we loved collectively. I remember making a playlist on Spotify titled ‘London Band’ when we decided we were gonna give Lux a go when we moved up to London. Can’t recall exactly what was on it but I know there would’ve been a bit of Dr.Feelgood, a bit of the Blockheads, the Stranglers, Specials blah blah blah. To be honest, the list of bands all five of us can agree on is very slim. Maybe those four were the only four.

You’re from Portsmouth! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
I’ll be honest, I don’t know enough about what’s going on there to answer that question. There’s a real lack of venues in Pompey which makes it hard for a scene to really thrive. It’s in dire need of a decent 100 cap to really push something there – it’s a big uni city so there’s room for a good scene à la Bristol, Brighton etc. As much as it pains me to say that other city up the M27 looks better at the minute but that’s because they’ve got the venues. Southampton, that is.

Are there any other artists breaking through at the same time that you take inspiration from?
I wouldn’t say that there’s anyone about that we’re taken inspiration from directly but it’s inspirational to see those in the circles around you doing well for themselves. Fair play to Sorry for releasing the album of the decade in its opening year though.

Who would be your dream collaborator?
Damon Albarn full stop.

Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to this year?
In the current climate I’m just looking forward to seeing the pals for a pint again. Nothing more, nothing less.

If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
That ‘any fucker can do it’ mantra ain’t a myth.


Nice Swan Picks – 30th March


As promised every few weeks we are refreshing this humble playlist purely for your aural pleasure. Best of the best only!

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been recently released from some amazing acts such as Cabbage, Hotel Lux, Cable Ties, Home Counties, The Lounge Society, The Homesick, Ikebe Shakedown, Sports Team & many more….

Hotel Lux share new single ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ via Nice Swan Records


Hotel Lux share new single ‘Eddie’s Gaff’ via Nice Swan Records


Ahead of their sold out show show at The Waiting Room and following sold out shows across the UK, Hotel Lux release ‘Eddie’s Gaff’, a hungover reflection of the night before looking back on their early times in South London. The band keep up the pace as they release their second single from debut EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ and further prove that in woeful times, we can still crack a wry smile.

First single ‘Tabloid Newspaper’ acquired acclaim from titles such as DIY, So Young, Gigwise and also led the band to be mentioned in The Independent’s 20 bands to watch for 2020.

The single title pricked the ears of The Daily Star too leading them to say “this bunch of twentysomethings could be the next great British hope”.

On the radio, the band have received recent backing from Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens at Radio One, Steve Lamacq at 6Music and the track being placed on the evening playlist at RadioX by John Kennedy.

On ‘Eddie’s Gaff’, Hotel Lux continue their trend of honest observation, brutal self reflection with frontman, Lewis Duffin adding:

“A nostalgic tune about the early days in London. First year at uni and knocking about South with new pals. Simpler times. Wasting our lives away..”

Hotel Lux finish their UK tour tonight at The Waiting Room before heading out to the continent for four dates in France and then on to SXSW in March.

EP ‘Barstool Preaching’ will be released 0n 08/05/20 Via Nice Swan Records.

Tabloid Newspaper
Eddie’s Gaff
The Loneliness Of The Stage Performer
Ballad Of You & I

Nice Swan Picks for 2019


Another year has passed and therefore we only thought it was right to give you our personal picks for the year.

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been released from some amazing acts such as Pip Blom, Silverbacks, Phil Madeley, Bill Ryder-Jones, Hotel Lux, L’Eclair, Just Mustard and many more

Nice Swan Picks – 24th October


As promised every few weeks we are refreshing this humble playlist purely for your aural pleasure. Best of the best only!

We’ve decided to add a load of our new discoveries that have been recently released from some amazing acts such as Happyalone, Silverbacks, Phil Madeley, Bull, Hotel Lux, Pip Blom, Just Mustard and many more