Silverbacks share ‘Sirens’ on Nice Swan Records – AA 7″ out on 31st January 2020.

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Nice Swan Records – the indie label which has given rise to the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom and Fur – will release the limited edition AA 7″ from Dublin band, Silverbacks, on 31st January 2020.

A. Sirens
B. Drool

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Earning widespread critical acclaim (NME, DIY, Clash, Stereogum, 6Music) for the results, fellow Dubliner and Girl Band’s bass player Daniel Fox produced the last three singles for Silverbacks: ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Just In The Band’ and ‘Pink Tide’. Keeping him on to record ‘Sirens’, we hear the creative spark well intact, with plenty to latch on to. The lushly recorded propulsive rhythm section prompts a visceral response from the three guitarists who weave fuzz-laden riffs, tonally warped solos, and spindly post-punk riffs into the phenomenal mix.

Switching from semi spoken nonchalance to unabashedly catchy glam punk melodies singer Daniel O’Kelly uses these aesthetics to deliver lyrics where he’s camouflaging his disdain towards society with his natural sardonic wit.

Of the lyrics, O’Kelly says: “In ‘Sirens’, the narrator misses riots and important protests taking place in his city because he’s too preoccupied with writing the perfect soundtrack for what is happening. He’s equally distracted by his relationship issues, tennis, and his obsession with his favourite band.”

‘Sirens’ comes towards the end of a very strong year for Silverbacks. Supporting Ride, Girl Band and The Lemonheads, playing Electric Picnic (Ireland) and signing to Nice Swan are just some of the highs. Having finally completed recording of their highly-anticipated debut studio album this year, 2020 is freed up for a major push.

  

 

 

 

PHIL MADELEY Shares debut song ‘Same Skies’ on Nice Swan Records

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Combining a distinctive fusion of originality and homage, 22-year-old Phil Madeley’s music is born of equal parts disdain and anger for the current state of play. Wrapped up in his laid-back, Neil Young meets Jamie T, grit-edged soft rock, are pressing and serious issues of present-day alienation, loneliness and mistrust. With the ability to carry a refined maturity, as well as charming throwaway youthful aphorisms, his voice serves as the perfect vehicle for such reflections – resulting in songs that want to offer as much refuge as they do commentary.

Having cut his teeth as a solo performer, Madeley has crafted a commanding live act that is captivating and exciting, drawing comparisons with Jarvis Cocker and Mick Jagger. Performances at 2019’s Dot to Dot festival and headlines at The Waiting Room and The Sunflower Lounge (amongst a range of supports) have led to live shows defined by clout and purpose.

The early demos Phil recorded at home on his Tascam four-track tape machine served to document the growing maturity and control in his voice and his songwriting. Off the back of recording sessions at RAK studios in London, his long-awaited debut single ‘Same Skies’ is released via Nice Swan Records on October 11th 2019.

On his debut offering, Phil explains, “Same Skies is about losing a sense of understanding in ones standing, whether that be in relationships, or politics for example. It’s about the suffering that’s caused when trying to find a middle ground in a climate of division. It’s coming from the other side fuelled by insecurity to question how hopeless it is to try and make the other person see it my way, but obviously there’s more similarities in us than there are credible points for division.”

 

Catch Phil Madeley live on the following tour dates:

October:

12th – Neighbourhood Fest

29th – London – Peckham Ryewax

30th – Birmingham – O2 Academy3 w/ Violet

31st – Manchester – Night and Day Cafe

November:

23rd – Southampton – Heartbreakers w/ Do Nothing
26 – London – Peckham Audios w/ Nice Swan Records

 

  

 

 

 

 

Nice Swan Picks – 24th October

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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

Nice Swan Picks – 20th August

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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 County Line New Runner, Squid, Football FC, FYI Chris, Eyesore and the Jinx, Dry Cleaning​ and many more

Nice Swan at Glastonbury 2019

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After the recent announcement for this year’s hugely anticipated festival. We are proud to announce that three artists from our roster will all be there over the weekend.

Starting on the Friday at 11.30am we recommend all attendees to head down to the legendary John Peel Stage to catch our very own Pip Blom who will be kick starting things on that stage for the weekend! Not only that but Pip will be performing a number of shows across the weekend at the Festival including a later slot at Crow’s Nest on the Friday and also a show at Williams Green on Saturday afternoon!

Catch Pip Blom..
Friday 28th June @ John Peel Stage 11.30am
Friday 28th June @ Crows Nest 8.45pm
Saturday 29th June @ Williams Green


Next up is Sports Team who will be performing twice at the festival across the weekend, including a slot on the Williams Green Stage just before Pip Blom. The band are currently on route to the US for their first headline tour and once back they’ll be heading straight to the farm to blow everyone away with their amazing live show and new songs.

and also they do have another show on the same day TBA…

Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, indoorand lastly but certainly not the least are one of our earlier realises on Nice Swan, Liverpool’s very own Queen Zee, who will be taking their thunder and sass down to Somerset for their appearance on the Leftfield Stage on Sunday at 5.30pm, following the release of their self-titled record which Iggy Pop is a huge fan of!

What a weekend we have on the horizon….

Get to Know: Haze

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After recently discovering Haze via our very own Pip Blom we decided to catch up with the band and see what they had on the horizon…

Where are Haze based? How does that impact the music you make?

We are somewhat dispersed at the moment between Bristol, London and our childhood home-village of Longwick, deep in Middle-English rural Buckinghamshire. This has hindered our productivity somewhat however we are moving in together in Bristol in a few months. 

For me (Will, vocals), living in Bristol for three years has sort of opened my eyes musically. Bristol’s music ‘scene’ is so diverse, and people seem to make whatever they want without any sort of limitations to experimentation. Whilst we’re definitely not pushing the boundaries as much as many do here – note Giant Swan or EP/64 – seeing bands like this, which would never exist where we grew up, has opened up more possibilities. More generally everyone in Bristol is so accommodating and there’s just so much on all the time, so the city sort of keeps you constantly exposed to new exciting things.

Why do Haze exist?

Me and Dan (drums) watched the School of Rock when we were 10 and obviously formed a classic rock band straight away. The others joined us in secondary school and we not-so-imaginatively became ‘Haze’ after trying weed… we haven’t bothered to change the name since.

If you could have written one song, which would it be?

I wish I wrote Talking Head’s Born Under Punches (the opener of Remain in Light). It’s so danceable and catchy, which I wish we were. Also it’s demanding lyrics of ‘take a look at these hands’ mimic Ollie constantly showing us the effects of steel fabrication has had on his palms.

In your own words, how would you describe your music?

A sort of hybrid of wonky guitar, hip-shaking bass action, discordant rhythms and silly lyrics.

If you could punch one living human being in the face, who would it be?

Not sure about a punch, but I am really enjoying the milkshake activism at the moment, and the far-right accusations of hate crime in response. Fucking ‘snowflakes’.

What was the best show you’ve ever played?

I remember a few years ago we supported Ratboy at the O2 Academy in Oxford which was so weird. There were a thousand 14-year olds going absolutely mental for us, despite the fact they had no idea who we were. We didn’t really know how to digest that one, but on paper that was a crazy crowd I guess. I think Green Man last year was maybe our best. We struggled to keep it together after a long day of drinking, which made its success all the more surprising.

What does the rest of the year hold for Haze?

We’re doing Truck Festival which is always really fun. Later in the year we’re also doing our first show overseas in Rotterdam at Left of the Dial which I am buzzing for. In July we’re heading into the studio to record some new songs for release ASAP, including our new hit single Chuggin’. We can’t wait.

Fur release their self-titled debut EP… and it’s a beauty

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It brings us no bigger delight than to announce that Fur’s self-titled debut EP is out now and ready for consuming via Nice Swan Records.

The EP, which includes the bands first single from the record ‘Angel Eyes‘, the most recent track ‘Him and Her‘, and an additional three including, ‘All My Dreams‘, ‘Where Did All The People Go?‘ and ‘Love Song For No One‘, is a perfect encapsulation of the last 12 months for the band, which has saw them crack over 8 million online streams, receive support from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and support the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Miles Kane, as well as their own debut headline dates across the country. DIY magazine called it a ‘pure, twinkle-eyed joy from start to finish’, and we couldn’t agree more. Listen to it in full, below:

Buy/stream it via iTunesApple MusicSpotify and more.

Fur drop the new video for, Him & Her

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The anticipation for a Fur music video is always palpable, not least because the band seem to roll them out at such a rapid pace. Edward Zorab, the band’s long-term video director, ensures quantity over quality isn’t ever the case, however. And yes, he’s done it again. You’ll have heard the sumptuous Him & Her, not too long ago and the band have been teasing a video release ever since the single was dropped.

This time around the band have shunned whimsicality for a more mature and abstract take; there’s only so much you can have five, young men in turtlenecks running around outside, after all. This time around, Him & Her hones in on the Andy Warhol/Vogue New York era in the 60s with a stunning, white, infinity cove backdrop, a pop art, lip-shaped sofa and Kinks-esque performance set-ups. Take in the action below:

Listen to the new track from Fur, Him & Her

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Another whimsical love song from the Fur boys, you say? Oh, go on then!

Serving as a second snippet from their upcoming, eponymous debut EP, released 14th Feb (the big old softies), Him & Her holds the classic Fur traits; wry lyricism, a nostalgic sentiment and a tinkling backdrop that makes you feel all gooey inside. Don’t believe us, listen to the track on Spotify below:

 

You can also catch Fur at the following shows to celebrate their release:

February
11 – Glasgow, Broadcast
12 – Manchester, The Castle Hotel
14 – London, Omeara
15 – Brighton, Patterns
16 – Bristol, Rough Trade