Portsmouth post-punks Hallan share new track ‘Money Talks’ via Nice Swan Records on Sept 8th

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Portsmouth post-punks Hallan share fiery new effort ‘Money Talks’ – out September 8th via Nice Swan Records (English Teacher, Sports Team, Courting).

Detailing their latest track, the band explained: “Me and my father often stay up late and watch the channels far along the TV guide, the ones no one gets to. Take a look and you’ll find a mesmerising facade streaming right to your television screen. Business men frantically explode with emotion, demonstrating their ability to bring sight to the blind, shame to your heart and your hard earned money to their wallet. Firearms for Christ and a new family car. You could have it all and more, all it takes is the delivery of your bank details into the preacher man’s inbox. After all it’s what the Holy Spirit told her. “Sow your seed and watch what God does””.

Joining forces with cult indie label Nice Swan in late 2020 for their ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series (in partnership with RIP Records), the quartet have since found label-mates in the likes of Courting, SPRINTS, English Teacher and Opus Kink, whilst firmly establishing themselves as a thrilling new fixture within the punk landscape.

The group’s frenetic musings on the mundanity of everyday life has attracted plenty of interest, with key tastemaker backing from the likes of Dork, Loud & Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit, CRACK Magazine, The Forty-Five and Rough Trade, as well as BBC 6 Music playlist exposure following integral support from Steve Lamacq, and early BBC Radio 1 approval (Kerrie Cosh).

Having already notched up several impressive support slots with acts including Sports Team, Porridge Radio, Pom Poko, and Tom Robinson at personal request, as well as a full UK headline run in autumn 2021 – Hallan brought their thrilling live show to the stage through the summer across the UK and Europe, with further festival dates lined up this autumn.

Hallan’s ‘Money Talks’ is out September 8th via Nice Swan Records. It was produced by Andy Savours – acclaimed for his work with Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey, My Bloody Valentine, Black Country, New Road and Sorry.

Hallan are: Conor Clements (vocals), Joshua Tweedale (bass), Joshua Ransley (guitar), Adam Mills (drum)

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Live Dates
25th September – Post Punk Festival, Porto
21st/22nd October – Left of The Dial, Rotterdam

Lincoln Three Piece Return With New Single ‘SPIT ME OUT’ UK Headline Tour Kicks Off Next Month

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Lincoln Three Piece Return With New Single ‘SPIT ME OUT’

& UK Headline Tour Kicks Off Next Month

Lincoln’s rising indie-rock band The Rills are back with new banger ‘Spit Me Out’ today, released via Nice Swan Records.

It’s the first new music from the trio since their ‘Do It Differently’ EP dropped in May, which earned them top support from the likes of NME, Dork, The Line of Best Fit6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 1’s Jack Saunders.

Having spent the summer road testing new material, the band then went straight into the studio with Dave McCracken (Sports Team, Pip Blom, The Snuts) and Caesar Edmund (St Vincent, Queens Of The Stone Age, Interpol) to lay down a fresh batch of their finest tracks to date. ‘Spit Me Outis first out the traps from an upcoming new EP and doubles down on the band’s biting, streamlined indie.

It’s a playful song about love & lust” explain the band. “It’s got an air of sexy about it, but in an insecure way. It does have a clear story in my mind, but sometimes it’s better to leave things up to the imagination – it’s us ‘showing a bit of leg’.”

It has been a bumper 12 months for the young band after they signed to Nice Swan. The ‘Do It Differently’ EP built them a fervent following, both online and at their raucous live shows. Their joke-filled TikTok continues to snowball too, currently standing at a not-too-shabby 4 million likes and counting, as the band gather more pace on the platform.

The Rills will take to the road once more for a slew of tour dates this Autumn, including European dates this September, followed by a headline UK tour, kicking off on October 27 in London. All dates are below and tickets are available now.

THE RILLS 2022 TOUR DATES

September

21 Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival

25 Berlin Privatclub

27 Cologne Blue Shell

28 Rotterdam V11

October

27 London Camden Assembly

November

10 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

12 Lincoln Drill Hall

19 Sheffield Leadmill 2

23 Bristol The Exchange

24 Birmingham Hare & Hounds

December

01 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s

02 Newcastle The Cluny

03 Manchester Deaf Institute

 

SPRINTS SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘LITERARY MIND’ ON 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
“The Dublin gang neatly package existential panic into a buzzy, punchy musical box – DIY 


With new single Literary Mind, Sprints today share another slice of cathartic, melodic and punchy punk-rock.. Produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band and out now on Nice Swan Records, the band will headline The Dome in London on October 13th. The single bookends a busy summer for the band, which included supporting Liam Gallagher in Belfast and a massively popular Glastonbury set. The new run of dates follows two sold-out UK tours. The accompanying video is a feel-good romantic odyssey culminating in the band crashing proceedings with typical exuberance. 

On the new single, Karla Chubb offers the following “Literary Mind is probably one of our most light-hearted songs in Sprints in terms of subject matter, while still exploring something quite close to heart. It’s a real deep dive and exploration into the feeling of falling in love, particularly queer love, in which you feel like you’ve been conditioned to believe a heteronormative way of life is the only “right” way to live, which leads to incredible difficulty and emotional oppression.

You push these feelings down, ignoring them, praying them away even but eventually with acceptance comes a rush of emotion that you never thought you’d feel. You unlock, finally, what it means to be happy and with it comes the rollercoaster of emotions, hot sweats, fever dreams, happiness, giddiness and excitement that we’ve tried to capture in the energy and pace of the song.”

Watch the video for Literary Mind here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLTI6gDyxGs&ab_channel=SprintsMusic

Sprints have received a wealth of press support (The GuardianDorkDIY, NMELoud & Quiet, Clash, Gigwise and others). They’ve also received an abundance of support at Radio 1 and BBC 6Music. 

Formed in 2019 when Karla, guitarist Colm O’Reilly and drummer Jack Callan – already playing together under a slowly-dwindling former guise – had the lightbulb moment at a Savages gig that they too could play the music they actually listened to and loved, Sprints have barely paused for breath since. Recruiting bassist Sam McCann, for their first show back in February of that year, the difference from day one was tangible. “Our only ethos in music is to write something that matters and that means something,” says Karla. “It’s all about expressing our identities, and injecting our personalities into it.

Often labelled a political band, even the way they inhabit that idea feels refreshing. “I don’t have to know everything to be able to tell you that something’s shit. I understand that women should have access to abortion, and I understand that mental health services are not adequate to stop people from committing suicide, so yeah, I don’t know exactly how much money is being spent on it but I don’t need to in order to tell you that it’s not enough,” Karla stresses. “It’s just a class barrier to make people feel like, if they’re not educated enough, then they can’t be involved in the conversation. But you don’t have to be Usain Bolt to run a race, and you don’t have to understand the theory of everything to understand that, morally, someone’s an asshole.

Sprints – Literary Mind// 31st August Nice Swan Records 

Malady announce remix package with legendary Manchester group 808 State

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A chance first time meeting one morning in Block 9 at Glastonbury 2022 between Graham Massey and Nice Swan Records lead to this serendipitous release between London newcomers Malady and Hacienda legends 808 State. Fitting in line with Malady’s remix packages over the last 18 months this seemed like the perfect alignment between old and new.

Brighton band Shady Baby have today returned with their massive new single ‘Lonely Town’.

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Brighton band Shady Baby have today returned with their massive new single ‘Lonely Town’.

The track weaves American 90’s Indie-tinged swagger with classic rock riffs and drivetime radio pop hooks. This
is one to file alongside Janes Addiction, Foo Fighters and Weezer. It comes after their debut single ‘Come To
Life’ and makes up the A/A release available on 7” out via UK label Nice Swan Records.

Shady Baby is the musical project of Brighton-based Sam Leaver. Inspired by the sounds of Madchester &
Britpop, and with a love for John Cooper Clarke, Leaver began making his own brand of angst-ridden pop during
the height of lockdown where songs were formed out of frustration whilst locked in his bedroom.

Having approached Brighton-based producer Theo Verney (English Teacher, FEET, FUR, Egyptian Blue,
TRAAMS etc) with his early demos, the two instantly formed a musical bond that has seen them work closely
together in the studio ever since and Verney has helped hone the exciting sound of the debut tracks of Shady
Baby.

Asked to break down the new single’s theme, Shady Baby frontman Leaver said the following:
“Lonely Town is about the creeping sense that you’re becoming detached from yourself and the people around
you, whilst trying to keep a lid on it and act normal.“

Nice Swan Records Proudly Introduce Manchester Newcomers Splint

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Nice Swan Records announce the signing of splint, the sought-after Manchester-based five-piece engendering antisocial media hype, mouth-to-mouth propaganda and transcendental, post-watershed tremor. The band steps out with one of the UK’s most renowned tastemaker labels and join Courting, Sprints, Malady, English Teacher and Opus Kink as part of the progressive, newest and most intrepid talent-spotting Nice Swan Introduces… debut singles series.

Military Procedures is splint’s first public recording having caused a year-long wheeze of whispers around an exhilarating, intermittent run of intense appearances.

Catching the confidence of one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels, Nice Swan’s two series-young discovery showcase series welcomes the band having also unearthed Prima Queen, Deadletter, Saloon Dion and Shady Baby in recent months. splint’s seemingly split-second ascension from frosted, broken-into rehearsal rooms to the lips of scene-setting labels and a wider, emergent music-connected community comes with the propellant of outsider expectation.

splint’s birth certifications span a continent with Jake Bogacki (vocals/guitar), Giulia Bonometti (vocals/bass), George Davies (guitar) and Ellie Rose-Elliot (drums) finding each other through borders to mete out the cold precision and belly-fire despondency of Military Procedures. Henry Carlyle (guitars) teeters in and teeters out as the fifth member of splint’s imperfectly insecure state.

“Military Procedures is in essence a song about the confusion of adolescence and the acceptance of your own failings, each of which lead you to the circumstances you find yourself in,” says Bogacki, “Five years was always the given quota by education establishments to judge where and what you will be after you’d finished, to create a sense of urgency to be something. What’s the end goal of all that?”

Initially malforming between Calderdale and the alley-arteried suburbs of South Manchester in 2021, prior to finding semi-permanent homes in walking distance of one another and settling into formation earlier this year, splint’s penetrating, occasionally unlisted performances fall more formally into date order over the coming months. They confirm the following dates:

  • Sat 27 Aug 2022 – Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
  • Sat 3 Sep 2022 – Manchester, Psych Fest
  • Fri 9 Sep 2022 – Manchester, The Castle
  • Sat 10 Sep 2022 – Manchester, Repeater Festival
  • Fri 16 Sep 2022 – London, Jaguar Shoes
  • Sat 15 Oct 2022 – Leeds, Live At Leeds
  • Sat 29 Oct 2022 – Manchester, YES (Now Wave Mood Swings)

For up-to-date information on splint including up-to-date release information and live announcements connect online at:

facebook.com/splinttttt

Instagram.com/splinttttt

 

Opus Kink release debut EP ‘‘Til The Stream Runs Dry’, out June 17th via Nice Swan Records

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“Horn-fuelled filth-funk, where punk & jazz combine in grimy circumstances” NME

“A land where growled-jazz meets the blues in a showdown to end all perceptions of genre…Opus Kink have succeeded in turning listeners on their head” So Young

“A frenetic groove-filled glimpse of what’s to come” DIY

“Intense blast of guitar pop” Clash

 “There is a sense that they are still only just beginning to hit their stride” M Magazine

 

Brighton sextet Opus Kink share debut EP ‘‘Til The Stream Runs Dry’, set for release June 17th via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, English Teacher).

 Partnering up with the cult indie label for their first extended release, the enigmatic collective – comprised of Angus Rogers, Sam Abbo, Fin Abbo, Jed Morgans, Jazz Pope & Jack Banjo Courtney – lend a blend a dizzying array of influences in their ever-evolving enigmatic style, producing an experimental patchwork of explosive material that’s consistently earned widespread plaudits since bursting onto the scene.

With EP lead singles ‘I Love You, Baby’, ‘The Unrepentant Soldier’ and ‘Dog Stay Down’ attracting praise from all corners of the press landscape (NME, DIY, So Young, Dork, Clash, Gigwise), not to mention countless BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Lauran Laverne) spins, the six-piece are clearly primed for a busy summer. Having already ticked off live dates alongside label-mates Malady and Mandrake Handshake, in addition to a sold-out headliner at London’s legendary 100 Club last month, the band have a slew of festival appearances lined up in the months to come, as well as shows with FEET and Bull.

Detailing their EP, Opus Kink stated: “You may begin by dipping one stained and rancid toe, but you know that once those waters have been tasted there’s only one way to go – into the stream, away down the valley like flotsam and windfall. Here lie six songs of bad love, ill winds, possession, stagnation and earthly delights”.

Opus Kink’s ‘‘Til The Stream Runs Dry’ (EP) is out June 17th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

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Opus Kink is Angus Rogers (lead vocals, guitars), Sam Abbo (bass, backing vocals), Fin Abbo (drums, percussion), Jazz Pope (keys, synth, backing vocals), Jack Banjo Courtney (trumpet), Jed Morgans (saxophone)

 

Live Dates

16/07 – Into The Wild Festival

22/07 – Latitude Festival

23/07 – Leopallooza Festival

30/07 – Farm Fest

31/07 – Kendal Calling

04/08 – Wilderness

20/08 – Beautiful Days

11/09 – Misty Fields, Netherlands

28/09 – Oslo, London

29/09 – Record Junkee, Sheffield

30/09 – YES (pink room), Manchester

Nice Swan Records announce new signing and debut release of Brighton’s Shady Baby

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Last year, Nice Swan Records started the monthly ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series, shining a light on the most exciting emerging talent. Following releases with the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom, FEET & FUR, the Series introduced a whole wave of new and exciting talent including Courting, Sprints, Malady, English Teacher & Opus Kink, which cemented the label as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels for

discovering the hottest new talent. Volume two of the series ha already unearthed Prima Queen, Deadletter and Saloon Dion and next up are Brighton’s Shady Baby.

It is with impeccable timing that the week after Brighton’s Great Escape Festival, the UK’s most famous multi venue event showcasing the best new music – Nice Swan Records, today, have announced their latest signing, Shady Baby – one of Brighton’s own!

Shady Baby is the musical project of Brighton based Sam Leaver. Inspired by the sounds of Madchester & Britpop, and with a love for John Cooper Clarke, Leaver began making his own brand of angst ridden pop during the height of lockdown where songs were formed out of frustration whilst locked in his bedroom.

Having approached Brighton based producer Theo Verney (English Teacher, FEET, FUR, Egyptian Blue, TRAAMS etc) with his early demos, the two instantly formed a musical bond that has seen them work closely together in the studio ever since and Verney has helped hone the exciting sound of the debut tracks of Shady Baby.

Speaking on the track, Leaver said:

‘Come To Life’ is an angry response to feeling like people treated you like shit but you let them get away with it. Feeling both angry at them but also at yourself for letting it happen.”

 Leaver then enlisted the support of old childhood friend Laurie Debnam, on guitar after bumping into him at a house party in Brighton having not seen each other in a decade. Nick Varnava (Bass) and Tom Jackson (Drums) complete the line up, having joined from other bands on the scene in the legendary musical city.

Despite having not released any music yet, the band sold out their first headline show in the city and will perform their first out of town show next month at the iconic 100 Club as part of the Nice Swan Records showcase event alongside new label buddies The Rills, Malady, Anorak Patch and Saloon Dion. Mark this space, Shady Baby have arrived and a raft of exciting new music awaits.

Portsmouth post-punks Hallan release new single ‘Sich Übergeben’ via Nice Swan on June 14th

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Portsmouth post-punks Hallan reveal pulsating new single ‘Sich Übergeben’ – out June 14th via Nice Swan Records (English Teacher, Sports Team, Courting).

The track is a study in perpetual motion – caught between an exhilarating swagger and a drunken lurch. Built around a spiralling, infectious synth lead-line, rolling bass and drums, and skittish guitars, this all provides the backbone for Conor Celements’ visceral vocal spitting.

It tells a tawdry tale, examining the propensity for unhinged views born of banal insularity. As the band explain:

“A father hiding behind a screen, a family watching the Queen’s jubilee and a wife leaving her unloving husband for a new life in Spain. We’ve seen all of these people and we know them too.

Sich Übergeben (translating to “to vomit”) deals with our British tendencies to spew forth from our gullets, unloading our ill-informed and rather unwanted opinions onto others, the interwebs and beyond. From our living room thrones we strategize and glamourise, acting upon misinformation through hypocritical means. It’s not too long before spewing becomes physical, and suddenly a father figure spews from his plane upon the foreign sunnyland soil, covering the precious ground in British vomit, clutching a pint in one hand and his health-card in the other.  His alien son looks on. ‘Who is this man and who is my father?’”

 

Joining forces with cult indie label Nice Swan in late 2020 for their ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series (in partnership with RIP Records), the quartet have since found label-mates in the likes of Courting, SPRINTS, English Teacher and Mandrake Handshake, whilst firmly establishing themselves as a thrilling new fixture within the punk landscape.

The group’s frenetic musings on the mundanity of everyday life has attracted plenty of interest, with key tastemaker backing from the likes of Dork, Loud & Quiet, The Forty-Five and Rough Trade, as well as BBC 6 Music playlist exposure following integral support from Steve Lamacq.

Having already notched up several impressive support slots with acts including Sports Team, Porridge Radio, Pom Poko, and Tom Robinson at personal request, as well as a full UK headline run in autumn 2021 – Hallan continue bringing their thrilling live show to the stage through the summer across the UK and Europe.

Hallan’s ‘Sich Übergeben’ is out June 14th via Nice Swan Records. It was produced by Andy Savours – acclaimed for his work with Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey, My Bloody Valentine, Black Country, New Road and Sorry.

Hallan are: Conor Clements (vocals), Joshua Tweedale (bass), Joshua Ransley (guitar), Adam Mills (drum)

Hallan Online
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Live Dates
6th July – Signature Brew, London
9th July – Right To Roam Festival, Bolton
9th July – Icebreaker Festival, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
6th August – Bingley Festival, Bingley
12th August – YUCK Magazine All-Dayer, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
13th August – Quarry, Liverpool
24th August – Supersonic, Paris
25th September – Post Punk Festival, Porto
21/22nd October – Left of The Dial, Rotterdam