NME 100: Courting, Sprints and Malady are all included.

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The NME 100: Essential emerging artists for 2021

The definitive annual list that shines a spotlight on emerging artists that should be on your radar in 2021

 

NME 100 courting

Courting

Rousing indie capturing the brutal realities of a divided nation

From: Liverpool, UK
For fans of: Sports TeamThe Coral
USP: Courting sum up deep-rooted national insecurities by way of their own vivid social observations.
Why you’re going to love them: There’s a Bukowski-level of social realism going on with
every topic this Merseyside four-piece turn their hand to: be it masculinity and the pressures of fitting in with the
football lads, industry sell-outs, casual pub racism or the anxieties of the wider
political landscape in Little England. It’s thrilling guitar music of the now, driven home in truly chaotic fashion.

Key track: ‘David Byrne’s Badside’ (RB)

 

NME 100 malady

Malady

Topical bangers that’ll sit right at the top of your house party playlist

From: London, UK
For fans of: ShameKing Krule
USP: They’ve given indie the dub/IDM makeover you never knew it needed.
Why you’re going to love them: Think that after chamber-psych and melodic metalcore that we’ve exhausted genre tags by now?
No chance: welcome to post-rave IDM indie. Malady’s debut single ‘London,
I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ pays homage to the love/hate relationship many hold for the
Big Smoke while wrapping together shoegaze-y synths with hard-lined
percussion – it’s a refreshing take on what the capital usually delivers.

Key track: ‘London, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ (BR)

 

NME 100 sprints

Sprints

Dublin’s next snarling guitar heroes refusing to take any shit

From: Dublin, Ireland
For fans of: ShameFontaines DC
USP: Sprints’ singer Karla Chubb sounds like she’s about to give someone a
black eye on thunderous anthem ‘The Cheek’ – this is venomous and versatile rock’n’roll.

Why you’re going to love them: Much like their fellow Dubliners Girl Band and
Silverbacks, Sprints are also fully committed to their craft through their blood, sweat and tears approach.
‘The Cheek’ attacks dated attitudes around sexuality while ‘Drones’ looks inwardly at feelings of imposter syndrome.
The constant is that they continue to deliver pure and riveting statements, setting them
well on course towards future raucous, beer-soaked headline festival sets.

Key track: ‘The Cheek’ (RB)

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Malady share ‘London I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Dub’ Remix

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Photo credit: Anna Lowry

Malady was birthed as a result of Percy Junior Cobbinah (vocals/guitar) and Charlie Clark (guitar/synth) getting to know one another from turning up at the same gigs; Cobbinah and Ertan Cimen (drums) frequented all the same uni house parties; while Clark met bassist Khaleem Mitchell-Patterson at college. Fusing musical elements from dub, post-rave, early dubstep and IDM with formative indie guitar music, the band draws inspiration from day-to-day living, focussing on conversations and social observations.

Produced by Eduardo De La Paz and the band’s own Charlie Clark, ‘London I Love You But…’ explores the band’s complicated relationship with the capital. Frontman Cobbinah explains: “I must’ve heard LCD Soundsystem’s ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ and thought the love-hate sentiment behind the tune mirrored the feelings I had, and still have, with London. The topic of the tune isn’t news to anyone but it felt necessary to document the confusion and sadness felt by how inaccessible and hostile the city is becoming to live in for most ordinary people who have most, if not all, of their lives here.”

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London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Dub – Remix

Malady drop new Video for ‘London, I Love You But…’ and announce pre-order for limited 7″ vinyl

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Malady drop new Video for ‘London, I Love You But…’ and announce pre-order for limited 7″ vinyl

 

Track List

A. London, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
B. London, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Dub (Remix)

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28th January 2020

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Malady was birthed as a result of Percy Junior Cobbinah (vocals/guitar) and Charlie Clark (guitar/synth) getting to know one another from turning up at the same gigs; Cobbinah and Ertan Cimen (drums) frequented all the same uni house parties; while Clark met bassist Khaleem Mitchell-Patterson at college. Fusing musical elements from dub, post-rave, early dubstep and IDM with formative indie guitar music, the band draws inspiration from day-to-day living, focussing on conversations and social observations.

Produced by Eduardo De La Paz and the band’s own Charlie Clark, ‘London I Love You But…’ explores the band’s complicated relationship with the capital. Frontman Cobbinah explains: “I must’ve heard LCD Soundsystem’s ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ and thought the love-hate sentiment behind the tune mirrored the feelings I had, and still have, with London. The topic of the tune isn’t news to anyone but it felt necessary to document the confusion and sadness felt by how inaccessible and hostile the city is becoming to live in for most ordinary people who have most, if not all, of their lives here.”

 

Mandrake Handshake launch ‘Gonkulator’ & announce signing to Nice Swan Records on 20th November

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The final release of 2020 for us will be wrapped up with the brilliant Mandrake Handshake via our Introduces Series. Their single ‘Gonkulator’ lands this Friday. Numbered NSWNi006.

Primed for release on November 20th, the hypnotic group mark the latest addition to Nice Swan’s monthly ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series (in partnership with RIP Records), having already discovered and released debut tracks from some of the finest talent in recent years including Blossoms, Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, Hotel Lux and countless others.

Causing quite a stir on arrival this summer, the indie-stonery outfit have already drawn a slew of acclaim from key indie press champions (NME, DIY, Clash, So Young Loud & Quiet) in their short time together, incorporating influences of krautrock, funk, Japanese animation and Latin pastoral poetry to create a unique brand of ‘Flowerkraut’ amidst a sprawling barrage of psychedelia.
 
Detailing the second offering from their debut EP out in 2021, the band revealed: “This is our 3-minute party tune, but in swung 5/4 ‘cause who doesn’t love a good 5/4 groove!? It’s a song about sheer joy, happiness and freedom for two-and-a-half minutes – can’t be any longer because it’s too much otherwise!”
Produced by Stereolab’s Andy Ramsay, Mandrake Handshake’s ‘Gonkulator’ is released November 20th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

 

  

Sprints share brand new track ‘Manifesto’

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Sprints

Sprints’ return with the second single lifted from the highly anticipated debut EP of the same, that is set for release next year. ‘Manifesto’ is the post-punk band’s best single to date as they’ve refined the more industrial elements of their sound and head into a more tense yet exhilarating chapter.

‘Manifesto’ is the latest single to be released from the rapidly growing Dublin 4 piece. Further cementing their place as one of Ireland’s most exciting new acts. Sonically, SPRINTS sound like an arena-slaying band who could bring their darkly theatrical performances to the biggest stages. Daniel Fox of Girl Band has been working with them since their inception in early 2020 and is credited as producer for each track on this beautifully crafted EP.

The full track listing for the EP is as follows:
1. Manifesto 2. Drones 3. Swimming 4. Ashley

The band manifested their relationship with Daniel Fox after being fans of the noise, garage and punk scene in Dublin for years. Before edging their way in with brilliant songwriting.

Karla Chubb, lead singer and songwriter, started bedroom singing and songwriting in her late teens. By her early 20’s Karla met current bandmates Colm O’Reilly (guitar) and Jack Callan (drums) and they had a short-lived indie project together. In 2018, Colm and Jack’s childhood friend – Sam McCann (bass); prolific on the fuzz pedal – joined them to bring that maelstrom that would edge them into the hallowed Dublin scene (think Silverbacks, Fontaines DC), and SPRINTS was born.

Sprints’ clarity in what they wanted to achieve stems also from needing to orchestrate a sound that would be a fit for Karla’s emotive lyrics, which tackle some brutal issues fearlessly and articulately.

Speaking of ‘Manifesto’, she says:

“Manifesto is all about control, and the seeming lack of it we have sometimes – control over our own lives, our own bodies, our own societies. Written during the time of the Repeal the 8th referendum in Ireland, it’s a call for equality.

Life can feel like it’s unravelling around you. We see our countries fall in and out of economic crisis, we see the homeless crisis worsen by the day, we see the rapid rise of addiction and drug problems, and nothing is being done about it, yet when it comes to telling women what they can do with their own bodies, that’s when people (the bigots) step in and show up? It baffled me.

Manifesto is about turning your cheek to the critics and bigots and those who judge and doubt. To try shake the shackles of everyday existence and mundanity and go carve your own path. “

Meanwhile, the EP’s other three tracks don’t disappoint. The unhinged chaos of preceding single; ‘Drones’, ‘Swimming’ a leather-clad BRMC-esque tale of alienation and poverty, and ‘Ashley’ a philosophical banger dealing with simulation and obsession, will greet you when the EP drops next year.

Nice Swan Records started their relationship with SPRINTS for their second single: the raw, raucous bass-fuelled ‘The Cheek’. A track centred around Karla’s “own experience of sexual assault, unsolicited advances and sexuality as a whole.”

It ushered them into the limelight and they’ve earned acclaim from Steve Lamacq, who put them as his Spotlight Artist,;and they landed Next Wave on BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders’ indie show. With ATC booking also taking them under their wing last month, this new EP, SPRINTS look set to take the guitar world by storm in coming months. Watch this space.

Alongside Liverpool Sound City, Sprints will play the following headline dates:
April 23rd – The Grand Social, Dublin
April 30th – Liverpool Sound City
1st May – Surf Cafe, Newcastle
3rd May – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
6th May – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
7th May – The Waiting Room, London
9th May – Rough Trade, Bristol
11th May – Heartbreakers, Southampton
12th May – Sidney and Matilda, Sheffield

COURTING SHARE BRAND NEW TRACK ‘POPSHOP!’ OUT NOW ON NICESWAN RECORDS

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Courting share brand new track ‘Popshop!’ out now on Nice Swan Records

Liverpool four-piece Courting are set to follow up breakthrough singles ‘Football’, ‘David Byrne’s Badside’ and ‘Not Yr Man’ with a new EP via renowned indie label Nice Swan Records. ‘Popshop!’, a short, fast paced song, with lyrics offering wry bemusement about the commodification of music, is the instant grat track and streaming here  

Sharp-witted frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill — who, remarkably, is still in college; the band are all 18 or 19-years-old — offers his break down of the track:
“​Popshop is about the music industry, the idea of selling out and consumerism. The name is derived from Keith Haring’s store of the same name, and the idea that it is positive for your art to be consumed by a larger audience rather than only seen as something for upper class art collectors or something to buy for its future resale value. We’re also poking fun at bands writing the same song over and over again, and wishing that we could sell our bathwater like Belle Delphine.”

The guitar-driven music underpinning the lyrics, meanwhile, benefits from the tightness you get when a band is living out of each other’s pockets. Just as adept at belligerently shreddy wig-outs reminiscent of Parquet Courts’ crankier bits as they are at ramming the hook home with an unforgettable riff – there’s a lot to endear to.

With their releases now becoming more substantial and their live reputation catching on through word of mouth, the future is looking even brighter for Liverpool’s most exciting new band. Courting, like Sports Team before them, are well on their way to the forefront of this new wave of Britpop and set to gatecrash the charts. Watch out Lady GaGa.

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

Nice Swan Records roster can be found ​here

MALADY SHARE DEBUT SINGLE ‘LONDON I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE BRINGING ME DOWN’ – OUT NOW

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Photo credit: Anna Lowry

Nice Swan Records have joined forces with the team from RIP Records with the monthly Nice Swan Introduces… series. The two labels have discovered and released debut tracks from some of the finest talent over the past few years including Blossoms, Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, Courting, Phobophobes, Peluché, Dark Bells (Haai) & Black Manila (Mellah), Hotel Lux and many more. The series will introduce a new and exciting talent on a monthly basis – spanning genres – and present a stepping stone for acts yet to have any sort of team around them. Following on from releases with Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Hallan, and Sprints, next up are London four-piece Malady who today shared their debut single ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’.

Malady was birthed as a result of Percy Junior Cobbinah (vocals/guitar) and Charlie Clark (guitar/synth) getting to know one another from turning up at the same gigs; Cobbinah and Ertan Cimen (drums) frequented all the same uni house parties; while Clark met bassist Khaleem Mitchell-Patterson at college. Fusing musical elements from dub, post-rave, early dubstep and IDM with formative indie guitar music, the band draws inspiration from day-to-day living, focussing on conversations and social observations.

Produced by Eduardo De La Paz and the band’s own Charlie Clark, ‘London I Love You But…’ explores the band’s complicated relationship with the capital. Frontman Cobbinah explains: “I must’ve heard LCD Soundsystem’s ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ and thought the love-hate sentiment behind the tune mirrored the feelings I had, and still have, with London. The topic of the tune isn’t news to anyone but it felt necessary to document the confusion and sadness felt by how inaccessible and hostile the city is becoming to live in for most ordinary people who have most, if not all, of their lives here.”

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Malady – London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down – out 30/10/2020 on Nice Swan Records

1. London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

For more information on Malady, please contact: liv@they-do.com and dan@they-do.com

Sprints shares brand new track ‘Drones’

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Sprints shares brand new track ‘Drones’
The new single from upcoming debut EP, ‘Manifesto’
out October 9th 2020 

 

Today marks the news of Dublin four-piece SPRINTS’ debut EP and the release of its first single. ‘Drones’ is the post-punk band’s best single to date as they’ve refined the more industrial elements of their sound and head into a more tense yet exhilarating chapter.

‘Drones’ sounds on the verge of erupting into unhinged chaos with crushingly loud volumes and swarms of feedback — and it does so at points brilliantly. You can imagine risking a broken rib in the mosphit for this one. Sonically, SPRINTS sound like an arena-slaying band who could bring their darkly theatrical performances to the biggest stages. Daniel Fox of Girl Band has been working with them since their inception in early 2020 and is credited as producer for each track on this beautifully crafted EP. ​The full track listing for the EP is as follows:

1. Manifesto
2. Drones
3. Swimming
4. Ashley

The band manifested their relationship with Daniel Fox after being fans of the noise, garage and punk scene in Dublin for years, before edging their way in with brilliant songwriting.

Karla Chubb, lead singer and songwriter, started bedroom singing and songwriting in her late teens. By her early 20’s Karla met current bandmates Colm O’Reilly (guitar) and Jack Callan (drums) and they had a short-lived indie project together. In 2018, Colm and Jack’s childhood friend – Sam McCann (bass); prolific on the fuzz pedal – joined them to bring that maelstrom that would edge them into the hallowed Dublin scene (think Silverbacks, Fontaines DC), and SPRINTS was born.

Sprints’ clarity in what they wanted to achieve stems also from needing to orchestrate a sound that would be a fit for Karla’s emotive lyrics, which tackle some brutal issues fearlessly and articulately.

Speaking of ‘Drones’, she says:
“Drones is very literally about my struggles with imposter syndrome. I think being a female in music, I struggle a lot with feeling like I have something to prove. It’s not okay for me to just be good, I have to be great. I have to prove constantly why I am deserving to be on the stage, or holding that guitar or that microphone. That pressure can be very difficult to deal with, and I think a lot of the times you doubt yourself then, am I actually able to write? Or is this all shit? Drones is about my experiences with dealing with this pressure, but realising that a lot of people have these struggles. The bars fill, the car parks fill, life seems to go on and on, and we can become so focused internally on our issues that you don’t realise that maybe while I was wishing I was someone else, they’re also wishing the same thing.”

Meanwhile, the EP’s other three tracks don’t disappoint. When it drops next month (enter date), you’ll be greeted by one of the catchiest choruses in rock n’ roll on ‘Manifesto’; ‘Swimming’ is a leather-clad BRMC-esque tale of alienation and poverty, and ‘Ashley’ is a philosophical banger dealing with simulation and obsession.

Nice Swan Records started their relationship with SPRINTS for their second single: the raw, raucous bass-fuelled ‘The Cheek’. It’s a track centreered around Karla’s “own experience of sexual assault, unsolicited advances and sexuality as a whole.”

It ushered them into the limelight and they’ve earned acclaim from Steve Lamacq, who put them as his Spotlight Artist,;and they landed Next Wave on BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders’ indie show. With ATC booking also taking them under their wing last month, this new EP, SPRINTS look set to take the guitar world by storm in coming months. Watch this space.