FEET RETURN WITH NEW EP WALKING MACHINE & SHARE FIRST SINGLE PEACE & QUIET

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Video by Kris Rimmer

 

FEET return with a brand-new EP ‘Walking Machine, due for release on August 6 via their new label home Nice Swan Records. It’s the first, eagerly anticipated new music from the indie quintet, since the independent release of their debut album back in 2019. The first single from the EP, ‘Peace & Quiet’ is available to stream [add link] now and accompanied by the following video

Having moved into their North London flat together back in September 2019, FEET are now living “like a hive mind” and have level-upped their kinship – both as people and artists – several times over. Spending endless days making music, the band’s journey since their debut has been a rollercoaster – one with a definite U-turn. An initial batch of songs ended up being entirely scrapped after a sobering practice room realisation that, far from sounding like a cohesive second record, “one song sounded like a covers pub band, and another sounded like Eminem could throw some bars over it,” notes Callum.

And so, they sat down to write a manifesto: one that would tame their overflowing pot of ideas and put some necessary parameters around what they were doing. “No wanky guitar solos, no sailor outfits, no bringing a broom onstage,” jokes George. All fair points. But as well as that, the band started digging into what they actually wanted to sound like, setting up their home studio and taking a bigger interest in production and the atmosphere of the tracks, trying to hit the cross-section of pop music and something a little darker that they’ve always loitered around.

Comeback single ‘Peace & Quiet’ – a boisterous barrage of ramshackle guitars and sly lyrical digs that maintains the playfulness but streamlines it into something more direct, targeted – plants a flag in the ground for FEET mk. II. “It’s about demanding more from the current music scene” say the band. “2021 is the year for new and exciting groups supported by a rejuvenated industry. Now’s the time to start small, grass root scenes and DIY shows at your local village halls. What comes after this Peace and Quiet? That’s what excites me the most”.

“We’re not a post punk band, we don’t sound like a ‘London band’ whatever that is, but the indie reference in our shared hive mind is related to a major label, squeaky clean sound which isn’t what we want from our band,” explains George. “You either go the mainstream route or the sleazy South London route and we’re slap bang in the middle, so we’re trying to state our spot. We’re pretty comfortable where we are and this is the direction we wanna take it in”.

The forthcoming ‘Walking Machine EP’ takes these ideas and moulds them into four tracks that show a band still more than willing to throw in a liberal smattering of humour at the right moment, but who aren’t relying just on japes to get them through. They’ve still got a classically FEET name for their new direction, Crease Pop, but even that’s got some logic to it. “It’s taking the pop music formula – hooky choruses, nothing too self-indulgent – but it’s still got a bit of edge,” says George. “With Indie music, there’s an element where it can get quite soft and it’s quite easy to go through that phase where you think you sound like The Beach Boys, but we’ve come off the end of that where we want to be a bit grittier.”

Having beamed fans into their living room over lockdown with a series of livestreams imbued with more genuine live show energy than most, the tight-knit camaraderie the band have honed over the past year is there for all to see. Far from the group of novices they first emerged as, FEET are now a proper unit.

Alongside the new EP news, FEET will continue their new chapter on the road this August. The seven UK dates will see them perform the brand new material for the first time, alongside a host of fan favourites from their debut album. Tickets are on sale now and full details are below

UK TOUR AUGUST 2021

12 Sheffield Record Junkee

13 Manchester The Deaf Institute

14 Nottingham The Bodega

19 Birmingham Mama Roux’s

20 Bristol Thekla

21 London Oslo

22 Brighton Hope & Ruin

Leeds’ English Teacher drop R&B as the final release on the Nice Swan Introduces Series

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English Teacher’s latest track, ‘R&B’, fuses several of the band’s musical influences to create a dynamic and driving sonic experience.  From raw, distorted guitar and bass reminiscent of Sonic Youth and Slint, to white-knuckle drums and assertive vocals not too dissimilar to those of punk purveyors Shame, ‘R&B’ is a cocktail of sound showcasing English Teacher’s versatility and creativity.

Having first met whilst studying in Leeds and remained in the city harnessing their craft and recording demos ever since, the four-piece, marshalled by enigmatic frontwoman Lily Fontaine (also part of Yorkshire risers Eades), have sought inspiration from social issues, literature and wit for their brand new material, whilst also benefiting from previously working alongside legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John).

With supports already clocked up alongside the likes of Yellow Days, Lala Lala, and No Vacation, as well as early headline shows of their own in Leeds and Manchester, English Teacher are primed to carve their spot in the emerging indie landscape.

Discussing the origins of their new release, the group revealed: “‘R&B’ is about the cyclical, productivity-diminishing paradox of low self-esteem and imposter syndrome-induced writer’s block that then fuels low self-esteem and imposter syndrome. It’s also about racial identity and putting the love that you have to offer a potential romantic partner back into yourself”.

Produced by Theo Verney (TRAAMS, FEET, Lazarus Kane), English Teacher’s ‘R&B’ is released April 16th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

English Teacher are:

Lily Fontaine (vocals, rhythm guitar, synth)

Douglas Frost (drums, synth)

Nicholas Eden (bass, synth)

Lewis Whiting (lead guitar, synth)

Live Dates:

25 Aug – YES, Manchester (Nice Swan showcase w/ Hallan & Jaws The Shark)

Courting – Grand National EP Out Now On Nice Swan Records

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Here we go then. After a handful of promising early singles, Liverpool’s Courting have turned up to blow the cobwebs off 2021 with this, their first EP. Exploring life in classic Middle England and its five-bedroom homes and artificial lawns, it’s the exciting early sound of a band trying on different outfits to see what fits.

The title-track comes crashing in through the door of an after-party down the Nags Head, slips on some plates of half-eaten food, spills wine everywhere, makes a mess of your carpet, ruins your plants and then skitters out into the night. It’s pure chaotic energy like a dropped pint in a packed pub, and is gone before you even know it was here. The punchy 1-2 of that and ‘Popshop!’ is an exhilarating start, the sideways snark at those who think that making pop, and popular, music is anything but a good thing delivered perfectly.

It’s easy to make tired references to Parquet Courts and The Fall when bands like this come along, but this feels more exciting than that somehow. The stressful ‘Crass’, a more traditional talky-post-punk track, and the slow-burning ‘Slow Burner’ might exist in that territory, but it’s the pop culture references throughout the record that stop it from being yet another genre pastiche. It’s obvious from this that Courting have taken a year of forced inactivity and galloped with it, taking their time to explore where they want to go. Keep heading straight towards the chaos, please.

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High school band Anorak Patch’ return with the follow up to ‘Irate’ & head into an exhilarating new chapter.

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High school band Anorak Patch’ return with the follow up to ‘Irate’ & head into an exhilarating new chapter.

Colchester-based four piece, Anorak Patch, whose drummer is just 14 years old burst onto the scene last year as part of the Nice Swan Records Introduces Series and their single, ‘Irate’. Keyboardist Effie Lawrence formed the group in late 2019 with high school friends Luca Ryland (drums) & brother Oscar (guitar), along with bass player Eleanor Helliwell and have been quick to announce themselves into the UK music scene with national airplay and press.

‘Blue Jeans’ continues to showcase the band’s immense musical talent at such a young age, the new cut, which draws inspiration from Queens of The Stone Age, At The Drive In & Black Midi, offers yet another side to the bands songwriting & recordings and marks them as one of the UK’s most exciting, young bands to emerge in recent times.

Having already picked up fans across BBC 6Music, BBC Radio One and major press sites. Things are looking very promising for the young upstarts.

Anorak Patch are: Effie Lawrence, Vocals and keyboards. Eleanor Helliwell,Bass. Oscar Ryland, Guitar. Luca Ryland, Drums and Vocals

Nice Swan Announce London and Manchester Shows with the Introduces roster. On Sale on Thursday 9AM

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Introducing a wave of new and exciting talent including the likes of Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, Malady, Mandrake Handshake and Anorak Patch, the upcoming compilation solidifies Nice Swan’s growing status as one of the UK’s most reputable indie labels, with their live plans this summer set to demonstrate the full potential of their roster.

Launched in 2016 by North West duo Pete Heywoode and Alex Edwards, Nice Swan’s initial aim to become a platform for discovering and nurturing new talent soon attracted widespread recognition, with the subsequent success of signees such as Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR & Hotel Lux building momentum at an impressive rate.

“For Pete and I this has been a year’s worth of hard work and to finalise it with ten fantastic artists, an amazing 12” compilation release and these four shows is a real treat”, explains co-founder Edwards.

“We feel each artist in their own right has a really promising future on the horizon so it’s been great to act as that launchpad with the series. Hopefully this is the start of something special and we’re looking to do it all again in 2022”.

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Instilled with a passion to push emerging artists on a monthly basis, Volume 1 signals a real landmark moment in the cult indie label’s development, and with several acts already becoming mainstays on the BBC Radio 1/6 Music airwaves and gaining extensive tastemaker approval, the compilation could not be arriving at a better time.

Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1 is released August 30th and will be available on all platforms (pre-order 12″ vinyl here). Tickets for their live shows will go on sale at 9am April 1st here.

  

Live Dates

Aug 12 – YES, Manchester (Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Opus Kink)

Aug 25 – YES, Manchester (Hallan, Jaws the Shark, English Teacher)

Sept 12 – Moth Club, London (Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Hallan, Jelly Cleaver, Opus Kink)

Sept 30 – Camden Assembly, London (Courting, Jaws the Shark, Anorak Patch)

 

Catalogue Numbers and Series Releases

NSWNi001 Jelly Cleaver Feeling Fine

NSWNi002 Courting DBB

NSWNi003 Sprints The Cheek

NSWNi004 Hallan Modern England

NSWNi005 Malady London

NSWNi006 Mandrake Handshake Gonkulator

NSWNi007 Anorak Patch Irate

NSWNi008 Jaws The Shark Demon Dream

NSWNi009 Opus Kink Wild Bill

NSWNI010 English Teacher R&B

NSWNi011 Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1

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SPRINTS RELEASE NEW ‘MANIFESTO’ EP VIA NICE SWAN RECORDS

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“On course towards future raucous, beer-soaked headline festival sets.” NME
“Screw-you power, relentless motorik rhythms and impressively large choruses.” The Guardian
 “Unrelenting, gritty energy” Daily Star

 

SPRINTS RELEASE NEW ‘MANIFESTO’ EP VIA NICE SWAN RECORDS

 

Today Sprints release their acclaimed new EP Manifesto via Nice Swan Records. Produced by Daniel Fox of Girl Band 

Dublin’s answer to Steve Albini – the four tracks make for a hard-hitting gloom-punk journey that has been lauded by the likes of The GuardianNMEDIYDork and others. Like the Irish guitar acts who have paved the way for them:
Fontaines D.C., Silverbacks and Girl Band, the sound of Sprints is urgent and vital at every turn.

Themes on the EP are varied and the music experimental. Drones takes on imposter syndrome while Manifesto tackles homophobia. Ashley is as close as we get to love song.

Recent single Swimming, a confluence of rabble-rousing stadium rock, sleazy garage rock focuses on the increasing lack of opportunity offered after supposedly following prescribed paths set by society in order to attain “success.” Sprints singer Karla Chubb explains:

“While the homeless crisis worsens, the city is sinking in debt and everyone can barely keep their heads above water, you see an article stating that a new €25 million white water rafting centre is being developed after approval by Dublin City Council. Sometimes you’d just rather drown.”  

Sprints have hit a nerve. And with such honesty running through their core, it’s no wonder The GuardianNME, and BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music have tipped them for big things. Expect to see more from Sprints this year.

On Wednesday 31st March, Sprints will broadcast an exclusively filmed live event to support the release of the EP. Fans can get further details and a free access code from this link: https://show.co/RF6Ek6i

 

 

NSWNi009 – Nice Swan announce ‘Opus Kink’s’ release of ‘Wild Bill’ produced by TIm Burgess

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Last year, Nice Swan Records started the monthly Nice Swan Introduces… series to shine a light on the most exciting emerging talent. Following releases with the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom, Hotel Lux & FUR, The series introduced a whole wave of new and exciting talent including Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Jaws the Shark & Anorak Patch, cementing Nice Swan Records as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels. The series returns again this month with eccentric Brighton collective Opus Kink and their new single, ‘Wild Bill’
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Opus Kink’s contribution to the single series, produced by Tim Burgess ‘Wild Bill’ is a fusion of musical styles. Taking influences from the not-jazz-but-jazz stylings of The Lounge Lizards and The Blockheads, the desert blues of Tinariwen and Songhoy Blues, and the character-building of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, the mysterious newcomers have concocted an enigmatic offering steeped in experimentation.
With inspiration arriving via books, poetry and visual arts, the group’s cultural nous reverberates throughout their newest material, and sees them team up with The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess on production duties, having ventured to the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales to record ‘Wild Bill’ back in 2020.
Detailing their upcoming release, originally written in an industrial estate lockup by the sea in their hometown, the sextet revealed: “‘Wild Bill’ takes the frontier lawman-gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock and ungraciously twists him into a poster boy for the Western gentleman’s assault on God, death, judgement, nature, women and foreigners”.

Produced by Tim Burgess, Opus Kink’s ‘Wild Bill’ is released March 19th via Nice Swan Records

and will be available on all digital platforms.
Opus Kink are:
Angus Rogers (Vocals, Guitars)
Sam Abbo (bass)
Fin Abbo (drums)
Jazz Pope (keys & synth)
Johnny Giles (trumpet)
Jed Morgans (alto saxophone)
Press Enquiries: matthew@supercatpr.co.uk

Nice Swan Records today announce the forthcoming release of 12″ compilation Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1, set to arrive August 30th.

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Introducing a wave of new and exciting talent including the likes of Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Sprints, Hallan, Malady, Mandrake Handshake and Anorak Patch, the upcoming compilation solidifies Nice Swan’s growing status as one of the UK’s most reputable indie labels, with further signings and releases set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Launched in 2016 by North West duo Pete Heywoode and Alex Edwards, Nice Swan’s initial aim to become a platform for discovering and nurturing new talent soon attracted widespread recognition, with the subsequent success of signees such as Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR & Hotel Lux building momentum at an impressive rate.

Instilled with a passion to push emerging artists on a monthly basis, Volume 1 marks the next stage of the cult indie label’s development, and with several acts already becoming mainstays on the BBC Radio 1/6 Music airwaves and gaining extensive tastemaker approval, the compilation could not be arriving at a better time.

Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1 is released August 30th and will be available on all platforms (pre-order 12″ vinyl here).

 

Catalogue Numbers and Series Releases

NSWNi001 Jelly Cleaver Feeling Fine

NSWNi002 Courting DBB

NSWNi003 Sprints The Cheek

NSWNi004 Hallan Modern England

NSWNi005 Malady London

NSWNi006 Mandrake Handshake Gonkulator

NSWNi007 Anorak Patch Irate

NSWNi008 Jaws The Shark Demon Dream

NSWNi009 Opus Kink Wild Bill

NSWNI010 English Teacher R&B

NSWNi011 Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1

FEET SIGN NEW DEAL WITH NICE SWAN RECORDS & ANNOUNCE AUGUST 2021 TOUR DATES

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FEET have signed to Nice Swan Records who will release the band’s brand-new EP early this summer, with the first single ‘Peace & Quiet’ to be released April 20. It will be the first new music from the band since their independently released debut album ‘What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham’ in 2019, which cemented the indie quintet as one of the country’s most invigorating and exciting guitar bands around. 

“Being hunkered down in our house together has forced us to evolve on a personal and musical level” commented FEET’s drummer Ben Firth. “All year long; eating, sleeping, reflecting, regretting and writing as one has conjoined us, tighter than before. As the music industry unfolds from its derelict year, so do we, with new music and, what feels like, a new band.

We’ve signed to Nice Swan, who will be accommodating our first release in 2021, the first release of our second succession”.

Nice Swan certainly have their finger on the pulse when it comes to championing artists in the UK indie scene. Only in their fifth year as a label, they have had the likes of Sports TeamFURHotel Lux and Pip Blom grace their roster, with FEET their newest, exciting signing.

“We’ve been huge fans of the band since day one, so it’s an absolute dream to welcome FEET as part of the Nice Swan family” explains label co-founder Pete Heywoode. “With the upcoming series of EP’s, it’s going to be an exciting period for their fans and the label. We can’t wait to unleash FEET’s new songs to the world!”.

Alongside the new label news, FEET are also announcing brand new 2021 tour dates for this coming August. The seven UK dates will see them perform brand new material for the first time, alongside a host of fan favourites from their debut album. Tickets go on general sale at 10am this Thursday and full details are below:

UK TOUR AUGUST 2021 

12 Sheffield Record Junkee

13 Manchester The Deaf Institute

14 Nottingham The Bodega

19 Birmingham Mama Roux’s

20 Bristol Thekla

21 London Oslo

22 Brighton Hope & Ruin

2021 marks the start of a new chapter for FEET, with plenty of new music in the works, new live shows and a new label home. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more info soon.

 

More About FEET

FEET (aka George, Ben, Harry, Oli & Callum) formed in Coventry back in 2017. Following a raucous live session for Felix White’s Yala! Records, the band’s profile grew rapidly, fast becoming one of the most exciting live bands around.

FEET independently released their debut album ‘What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham’ to critical acclaim in 2019. Released via the band’s own label ‘Clapped Records’, the album was produced by Cam Blackwood (Jamie T, London Grammar, Billie Marten etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (Foals, Interpol, Beach House). 

The album and subsequent singles received heavy support from Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X, NME, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork Magazine, Clash, The Independent, Sunday Times Culture and many more.

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Courting announce ‘Grand National’ single with new video

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“Thrilling guitar music of the now, driven home in truly chaotic fashion.” – NME
“Set to be the next big thing.” – DIY

 

The Liverpool four-piece’s new single is an anti-anthem for a generation nobly stirred by the cruelty of horse racing and the gambling industry propping it up.
“I don’t care if he dies, it’s entertainment,” sings frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill in the verse as a rambunctious indie guitar-led sound builds.

In what would have been the ultimate prank, Courting booked a high street chain betting shop as the location for a music video. But, the shop pulled the plug after closer examination revealed the band were throwing shade on them.
Instead the video finds the band performing in a drab pub chaotically flitting between imagery of televised horse racing, betting, drinking and arguing whilst building towards a mocking climax.

Horse racing, which is one of several lyrical images in the song, became a bucket list topic after Courting heard 100Gecs’ similarly darkly-comedic song, ‘Stupid Horse’.
Asked to define ‘Grand National’, Murphy-O’Neill says:

“‘Grand National’ is our best and last look at Middle England. Parents evenings, horse racing, and watching the chemtrails from lawns lined with astroturf. Cowbell-tinged. 100gecs referencing. Feedbacking. Huge.”
‘Grand National’ is on the EP alongside their late-2020 release, ‘Popshop!’, and two previously unheard songs that are held back until the EP is out: ‘Crass’ and ‘Slow Burner’.

‘Popshop!’ was greeted brilliantly by industry. It landed on the BBC 6Music playlist, and top publications included the band in their tips for 2021 lists soon after its release. NME 100, DIY Hype List 2021, Daily Star Ones To Watch 2021 & DIY Hello 2021. The four-piece only formed in 2018 so they’re hitting these milestones really early on.

The band’s first ever singles (‘Not Yr Man’ and ‘Football’) were self-released and caused a stir on the vibrant Liverpool indie scene. Nice Swan Records responded to the buzz by signing them for their third single (‘David Byrne’s Badside’), and for the upcoming EP.
Courting follow in the footsteps of Sports Team and Pip Blom by putting out an EP through Nice Swan Records. The label is a small operation but blossoming thanks to its track record in breaking bands. And the odds are the label will continue its run of spotting top talent early with Courting well and truly on track to gate-crash the mainstream.

Courting – Grand National tracklist:
1. ‘Grand National’
2. ‘Popshop!’
3. ‘Crass’
4. ‘Slow Burner’

Courting are:
Sean Murphy-O’Neill (Guitar/Vocals/Cowbell)
Sean Thomas (Drums/Vocals)
Michael Downes (Guitar)
Sam Brennan (Bass)