Pip Blom shares new track ‘Come Home’

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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.

Behold, Sports Team are releasing the AA single of Kutcher & Margate

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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.

 

We have a new addition to our roster… say hello to FUR

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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.

To see the chaps in action you can catch them supporting Sports Team at Scala on the 19th September. The last few remaining tickets are still available here.

Pip Blom announce first UK headline tour

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For those who haven’t witnessed Pip’s incedinary live shows yet, luck is on your side. News of a UK headline tour has surfaced which will breach all sectors of our Great British Isles alongside a small stint in Ireland, too.

All dates are as listed below:

Make the right choice today and purchase your tickets here – 10/10 will not regret.

A Summer With Nice Swan

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Festival performances, relentless radio play, a sweaty coach trip to Margate… this summer at Nice Swan has been a beauty. We take a retrospective and slightly smug look back on all that our bands have achieved these past few months.

Pip Blom


Pip sharpened her claws in May when she released the formidable Pussycat and not much has bypassed her since; the single became a firm favourite of Steve Lamacq, scaling the heady heights of 6 Music’s playlist’s, eventually slotting neatly in to the A-List, where she was kept company by Nine Inch Nails and Gorillaz. Bolstered by a lucrative support slot with The Breeders on their European tour over the summer, Pip has been readying herself for a busy winter; her EP, Paycheck (pre-order link here), will be released October 5th just before she embarks on a full-scale UK tour in November. You can catch her on the following dates:

14th – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
15th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
16th – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
17th – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
19th – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham 
20th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
21st – The Prince Albert, Brighton
22nd – The Lexington, London
24th – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
25th – Whelan’s, Dublin
26th – The Cookie, Leicester
27th – The Boileroom, Guildford

Tickets available here.

Sports Team


As their impending headline show at Scala approaches (tickets available here), Sports Team have been working zealously to make sure they don’t slip from anyone’s minds anytime soon. A stream of killer singles and music videos have been gathering pace since the release of their Winter Nets EP at the very start of the year with Kutcher, their homage to the Punk’d teen dream, achieving Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ alongside being Radio 1’s Track of the Week (pre-order the 7″ inch here). Not to be outdone by radio play, the band took a coachful of sweaty fans and friends to Margate to celebrate the release of their following single, called, you guessed it, Margate. And if you thought all that was moderately impressive, check out their headline performance on Reading & Leeds’ BBC Introducing Stage, where Alex Rice’s crowd control is starting to reach masterful levels.

Sweaty Palms


Sweaty Palms’ debut album, Quit Now, was released in June and drew acclaim for its astute look at the mires of our society whilst providing a platter of snarling, discordant ditties that sits, legs splayed, amongst the more placid versions of guitar music that circulate. After working closely with Scotland’s prodigal son, Dale Barclay*, they caught the ears of BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway who brought them in for a session on his show before playing to a heaving Rough Trade East not long after. Standout track, The Illusionist, has just been added to Spotify’s ‘Punked‘ playlist to whet anyone’s appetite for controlled chaos.

So all in all, not a bad summer, aye? Well, there’s plenty more where that came from. Keep an eye out for some exciting new signings in the next couple of weeks and some further announcements to litter the musical stratosphere… it’s all happening, folks.

*You can donate to Dale Barclay’s brain cancer treatment here.

 

‘Kutcher’ is BBC Radio 1’s track of the week

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The Sports Team takeover is offically happening, folks. Not content with headlining the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals, the lovely folks over at Radio 1 have decided to make ‘Kutcher’ their track of the week, too. Cop a listen on your way to work, over lunch, at the gym… the possibilites are endless.

Sports Team announced as headliners for Reading & Leeds’ BBC Introducing Stage

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It was only a matter of time… once one witnesses the sheer pleasure of Alex Rice’s dance moves, headline slots inevitably beckon. Reading and Leeds festival are the next in line to fall for this token of showmanship and so it is with great pleasure that we announce that Sports Team have been announced as BBC Introducing stage headliners. They’ll play alongside a slew of the best of the British underground including The Blinders, The Snuts, Fizzy Blood, Lady Bird and many more.


You can view the full line-up here and purchase tickets here.

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