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Hallan share latest single ‘Reruns’ out 10th June, from upcoming debut EP

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Portsmouth post-punks Hallan share bristling new effort ‘Reruns’, the latest track taken from the band’s ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ EP set to arrive July 16th via Nice Swan Records (Pip Blom, Sports Team, FUR).

 

Joining forces with the cult indie label 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.

 

With their upcoming EP already spawning acclaimed singles ‘Modern England’, ‘Hands Up’ and ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’, the group’s frenetic musings on the mundanity of everyday life have certainly sparked plenty of interest, with key tastemaker backing from the likes of Dork, The Forty-Five and Rough Trade, as well as BBC 6 Music playlist exposure following integral support from Steve Lamacq.

Detailing their newest effort, frontman Conor Clements explained: “I like to think that between the four of us, there’s not a thing we haven’t had a crack at during our “year of self betterment”. And thus over the last year we have become experts on the mundane. We know the things you’re meant to enjoy are not the pleasures they may seem, and we know for certain you’ll get more joy out of watching a watermelon being crushed by a hydraulic press at 30,000 frames per second (at 2AM), than you ever will sweating on an exercise bike. ‘Reruns’ embraces the mundane and we like to think the track is us finding our true calling as self-titled “preachers of mundanity”.

 

Having already notched up several impressive support slots with acts including Sports Team and Porridge Radio, Hallan will be celebrating the launch of their EP with a full UK headline run in the autumn, in addition to several inner-city festival slots across the country where their live prowess is certain to come to the fore.

 

Hallan’s Reruns’ is out June 10th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

 

Hallan are:

Conor Clements (vocals)

Joshua Tweedale (bass)

Joshua Ransley (guitar)

Adam Mills (drums)

 

Live Dates:

25th Aug – The Kazimier, Liverpool

26th Aug – Bootleg Social, Blackpool

27th Aug – YES, Manchester

28th Aug – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

8th Sept – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (Psyched Fest)

10th Sept – Hope and Ruin, Brighton

11th Sept – The Crofter’s Rights, Bristol

12th Sept – Moth Club, London

22nd Oct – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (w/ bdrmm)

11th Nov – The Social, London

12th Nov – The Head Of Steam, Newcastle

13th Nov – Stag and Dagger, Glasgow

14th Nov – Gullivers, Manchester

 

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MALADY PREMIERE ‘FAMOUS LAST WORDS’ VIDEO VIA COMPLEX

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MALADY PREMIERE ‘FAMOUS LAST WORDS’ VIDEO VIA COMPLEX

London four-piece Malady have shared the video for new single ‘Famous Last Words’ – premiering today via Complex. ‘Famous Last Words’ is out now on Nice Swan Records, the tastemaker label who were instrumental in the formative steps of some of indie music’s finest emerging and established talents including Blossoms, Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, and more. ‘Famous Last Words’ has already received early support from the likes of NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, So Young, The Rodeo, The Forty Five, and more. 

Directed by previous Malady collaborators Will and Ed Reid, the ‘Famous Last Words’ video builds upon the suffocating and isolated narrative featured on debut single ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’. Heavily atmospheric and experiential, the video centers upon a club night and begins to take on a religious weight in the desperate search for meaning. Directors The Reids explain: “The concept is the idea of chasing the night for answers and coming up short. We continued the narrative texture from the first video, with the black and white sound designed scenes taking us into more of a short film moment which captures the chaos and disorientation of a smoking area deep in the belly of the night. We finish with Junior’s pseudo-divination after he overcooks it and collapses to the floor surrounded by everyone and no one at the same time”

Produced by Malady and Mixed & Engineered by Eduardo De La Paz, ‘Famous Last Words’ explores Malady’s existentialist take on modern life and scratches the surface of the band’s love of more electronic leaning textures and tendencies. Malady said: “‘Famous Last Words’ is a rumination about purpose – the realisation that any notion of inherent, and/or divine, purpose is false and subsequently the futile, scrambled attempts to forge meaning in places that meaning can never really be found.” 

Malady was birthed as a result of Percy Junior Cobbinah (vocals/guitar) and Clark (guitar/synth) frequently turning up at the same gigs as one another; Cobbinah and Ertan Cimen (drums) were first acquainted 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. 

The band’s debut single ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ was released last year as part of the Nice Swan Introduces series which also featured breakout releases from the likes of Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Hallan, and Sprints. ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ was lauded by the likes of Clash, DIY, Dork, Hero, NME, So Young, Stereogum, Yuck and more. Malady rounded off 2020 with tips on the NME 100 and Dork HYPE List, and were crowned Ones To Watch in 2021 by Fred Perry, The Daily Star, and Gigwise. Malady made impressive strides at U.K. radio also with repeat plays from Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens.

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See Malady live in 2021:

Aug 12 | YES, Manchester

Sep 12 | Moth Club, London

Malady – Famous Last Words – out now on Nice Swan

MALADY SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘FAMOUS LAST WORDS’ ON NICE SWAN RECORDS

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MALADY
SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘FAMOUS LAST WORDS’ ON NICE SWAN RECORDS

 

London four-piece Malady have today shared their brand new single and video ‘Famous Last Words’ via Nice Swan Records – the tastemaker label who were instrumental in the formative steps of some of indie music’s finest emerging and established talents including Blossoms, Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, and more. 
Produced by Malady and Mixed & Engineered by Eduardo De La Paz, ‘Famous Last Words’ explores Malady’s existentialist take on modern life and scratches the surface of the band’s love of more electronic leaning textures and tendencies. Malady explain: “‘Famous Last Words’ is a rumination about purpose – the realisation that any notion of inherent, and/or divine, purpose is false and subsequently the futile, scrambled attempts to forge meaning in places that meaning can never really be found.”

Malady was birthed as a result of Percy Junior Cobbinah (vocals/guitar) and Clark (guitar/synth) frequently turning up at the same gigs as one another; Cobbinah and Ertan Cimen (drums) were first acquainted 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. 

The band’s debut single ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ was released last year as part of the Nice Swan Introduces series which also featured breakout releases from the likes of Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Hallan, and Sprints. ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ was lauded by the likes of Clash, DIY, Dork, Hero, NME, So Young, Stereogum, Yuck and more. Malady rounded off 2020 with tips on the NME 100 and Dork HYPE List, and were crowned Ones To Watch in 2021 by Fred Perry, The Daily Star, and Gigwise. Malady made impressive strides at U.K. radio also with repeat plays from Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens.

Jaws the Shark returns with follow up track ‘Loose Change’ on Nice Swan Records – 7th May 2021

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Jaws the Shark returns with follow up track ‘Loose Change’ on Nice Swan Records – 7th May 2021

In February, Jaws The Shark burst on to the scene with his single, ‘Demon Dream’ a molten-hot slice of lo-fi grunge that was released as part of the Nice Swan Records Introduces Series. The track, which immediately made waves across press & radio was BBC R1 Next Wave via Jack Saunders and stayed on the BBC 6Music  Playlist for 6 weeks. Since then, Head Shark Olly Bailey has gone on to sign further releases with Nice Swan, brought in a live agent and signed to renowned UK promoter Steve Tilley’s publishing setup.

 

Returning with new cut, ‘Loose Change’, written and recorded by Bailey, and featuring Elliot Rawson from Yak on drums, Jaws The Shark cement themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new alternative acts. The single is yet another hook heavy, smack in the face dollop of swaggering grunge rock that combines with lyrically engaging themes.
It’s a first person account of the struggle that can arise when dealing with friends or loved one’s that are close to them, who have issues that need to be addressed, and that when brought up and confronted with those issues, they will tell you what you want to hear, in order for you to get off of their back and leave them alone
Bailey continues: “Loose Change is a song that I wrote about trying to help a friend that is unwilling to help themselves.
The line “Loose Change, but not the kind you find that’s in your pocket, but it’s a change that’s in your head” is referring to the fact that there is an issue, or a change in behaviour that needs to occur, and whilst that person can reach out for external help by paying for it, if that person is unwilling to want to make that change themselves, then it’s unlikely to have any effect. It’s a song about not dwelling on the past and past mistakes, but trying to look forward, towards a fresh start and a clearer path.
Having only started the project in the summer of 2020, Bailey has well and truly announced himself on the scene & with more releases set for release this year and a wave of live shows to come – watch this space.
Live Dates:
May 19th – Signature Brew, London
August 25th – YES, Manchester
August 26th – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
September 30th – Camden Assembly, London
October 1st – Liverpool Sound City

Oxford psych-collective Mandrake Handshake share new track ‘Monolith’

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Oxford psych-collective Mandrake Handshake share new track ‘Monoloth’ out Friday 23rd April with kaleidoscopic debut EP ‘Shake the Hand That Feeds You’, out June 18th via Nice Swan Records

Formed in Oxford where they lived, hung out and rehearsed together on campus, the eclectic group were christened after a song by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, incorporating their influences of krautrock, funk, Japanese animation and Latin pastoral poetry to create a unique brand of ‘Flowerkraut’ that vividly defines their sound.

Having initially teamed up with the cult indie label for their ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series (in partnership with RIP Records) late last year, the creative outfit have since found label-mates in the likes of Courting, SPRINTS and Anorak Patch, and fast established themselves as one of the most enticing new acts in the UK psychedelic scene.

With widespread acclaim arriving via multiple key indie press titans (NME, NPR, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, So Young, Clash, Loud & Quiet, Gigwise), the newcomers certainly seem to be attracting the right kind of attention following the release of mesmeric debut effort ‘Mandragora’ and exhilarating follow-up ‘Gonkulator’, with their first few plays on the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) airwaves already opening them up to a vast new audience.

Detailing their EP, the band explained: “‘Shake the Hand That Feeds You’ represents the culmination of many strands of thought over the process of several months. It is designed to announce the coming of the Mandrake in all her forms and the ascent into her realm; as it soundtracks the listener coming to know what will be expected of them for all future sonic explorations.

No expense has been spared to bring the listener to the zenith of psychedelic high-fidelity and have them fully understand what they otherwise might only hint at knowing. This is ‘Flowerkraut’. This is the beginning. This is the Mandrake”.

Recorded at Press Play Studios in Bermondsey with one of their heroes in Stereolab’s Andy Ramsay, Mandrake Handshake’s ‘Shake the Hand That Feeds You’ is released June 18th via Nice Swan Records.

Hallan share new track ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’ out 30th April, from upcoming debut  EP

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Hallan share new track ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’ out 30th April, from upcoming debut  EP, ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ set for release July 16th

Picture Orwellian bleakness combined with Burroughs Beat pennings and add a sprinkling of post-punk. A concoction which we call Hallan. This Portsmouth quartet take the mundanity of everyday life and perfectly regurgitate it into a semi-abstract and distorted frenzy of punk musings, and here they are following up hard-hitting EP lead single ‘Hands Up’ with pulsating new effort ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’.

The band’s latest release is a full-frontal assault of pulverising sound, with grinding bass guitar and bombarding drums that refuse to stop driving from the very beginning. Partnered with crunching guitar and frontman Conor Clements’ commanding vocals, ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’ delivers a thought-provoking commentary on the current state of modern society and how it parallels George Orwell’s 1984.  Detailing the release, the group stated:

“With all sorts of wings be they left or right swinging for each other with mocking tweets or cancel culture as their weaponry, it’s easy to feel lost as an onlooking bystander in a world full of hostility. Relationships become strained and questioning your own mental stability becomes just another daily problem as you peruse through endless news articles, each one presenting you with a slice of self-loathing or existential dread. But nothing is to fear as the longer you stare upon the words you read in your sunday newspaper or mobile device the more you will feel the sweet embrace and comfort of Big Brother’s gentle arms. Orwell’s Idyllic future has come to be, and everything is going to be just okay.”

Within an 18th century fortification built into the side of a hill surrounded by a forest, Hallan constantly experiment with and morph their sound, with influences coming from classic post-punk giants Joy Division and The Fall.  The four-piece struck gold when they came across Rob Quickenden of Ford Lane Studios in their search for a recording studio for their earlier track ‘Modern England’.  Hallan have reunited with Quickenden once again for their upcoming ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ EP, set for release July 16th.

Having managed to build an army of fans, alongside a roaringly positive reputation amongst local and national press, the band’s early supports alongside Sports Team and Porridge Radio have left them primed to carve their own path together in 2021. With backing from Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Courting, SPRINTS) ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’ looks set to launch Hallan towards the forefront of the post-punk scene.

Hallan’s ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’ is released April 30th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

Live Dates:

25th August – The Kazimier, Liverpool

26th August – Bootleg Social, Blackpool

27th August – YES, Manchester

28th August – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

8th September – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

10th September – Hope and Ruin, Brighton

12th September – Moth Club, London

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)

swim school – Artist of the Week

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The latest single from Edinburgh four piece swim school marks a welcome move towards a gritter sound for the band. Punchy and bold the track has garnered widespread support most notably from Spotify with a lucrative spot on their Hot New Bands playlist. 

A year on from their previous release ‘let me inside your head’ marks a turning point for swim school, introducing a sound which we can’t wait to hear more of.