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



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


swim school


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.  


White Flowers – Artist of the Week


White Flowers

White Flowers have been slowly building up a fanatic following since their debut single in early 2020. The duo, consisting of Joey Cobb and Katie Drew, are making a name for themselves with their gorgeously layered celestial shoegaze. 

‘Daylight’ the latest release from the Preston based duo comes as a celebratory offering off the back of the announcement of their debut album ‘Day By Day’ due to be released on the 7th May via Tough Love Records. An equally dark and haunting sound as their previous offerings, ‘Daylight’ truly solidifies the bands sound ahead of their much anticipated debut album.



Sprints share new track ‘Swimming’ out Friday 5th March! Full EP and Live dates on the way!


“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

‘Swimming’ is the third and final track to be released before the debut EP is available in full. It follows ‘Drones’ and the title-track (‘Manifesto’), which were released in 2020, shortly after they completed recording the Sprints EP. Produced by Daniel Fox of Girl Band – Dublin’s answer to Steve Albini – the four tracks make for a hard-hitting gloom-punk journey you can’t miss. Like the Irish guitar acts who have paved the way for them, Fontaines D.C., Silverbacks and Girl Band, Sprints sound urgent and vital at every turn.
The single ‘Swimming’ is a confluence of rabble-rousing stadium rock, sleazy garage rock and Sonic Youth experimentation. Lyrically, there’s a lot to hang on to, too, which is unsurprising given how topical the band is so far: ‘Drones’ took on imposter syndrome; ‘Manifesto’ tackled homophobia.
‘Swimming’ scorns on the increasing lack of opportunity after following prescribed paths to become society’s idea of a “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. The velocity of this argument comes from personal anguish, yet will chime with a generation. And with such honesty running through their core, it’s no wonder The Guardian, NME, and BBC Radio 1 and 6Music have tipped them for big things.

Live Dates:
Oct 7th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Oct 8th – Kasbah, Limerick
Oct 9th – The Grand Social, Dublin
Oct 21st – The Waiting Room, London
Oct 22nd – Rough Trade, Bristol
Oct 23rd – Heartbreakers, Southampton
Oct 26th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Oct 27th – The Attic, Glasgow
Oct 28th – The Castle, Manchester
Oct 30th – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Oct 31st – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
Nov 2nd – Surf Cafe, Newcastle
Nov 3rd – Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield
Nov 6th – Mutations Festival, Brighton
Nov 7th – Festival of Voice, Cardiff
Nov 9th – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

Nov 10th – Oporto, Leeds

Gabriels – Artist of the Week




Gabriels consists of lead singer Jacob Lusk and producers Ari Balouzian and Ryan Hope. The trio have begun to make a name for themselves through their genre-defying music. Based in LA, Gabriels released their debut EP Love and Hate in a Different Time in December 2020. Consisting of previous releases such as The Blind and In Loving Memory, and new track Professional; the EP is a masterpiece of soulful funk effortlessly combining funk with gospel warmth to create a raw and honest sound.






NSWNi008 Jaws the Shark – Demon Dream – February 19th 2021



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 & Anorak Patch cementing Nice Swan Records as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels. The series returns again this month with yet another extremely exciting act in the form of rock n roll duo, Jaws the Shark and their new single, ‘Demon Dream’.

Jaws The Shark’s contribution to the single series, ‘Demon Dream’ is a molten-hot slice of lo-fi grunge. Head Shark Olly Bailey wrote and recorded the entire song himself, apart from the drums. The drums were performed by Elliot Rawson from Yak, and recorded by Felix Rashman at his ‘Calmer Than You’ studio in East London. Mixing and mastering was also collaborative — Phil Brillo (Babeheaven/Yak) sat in at the controls.

The lyrics are inspired by a nightmare, says Bailey: “I had this recurring dream where I’m in a big house, with a wooden spiral staircase that leads nowhere, and this demon-like thing forces me to sing at its request. It scared the shit out of me and I would wake in a sweat. The line: ‘Like a rudderless ship, you’re sinking, stuck inside your own head’, is a reference to the fact that with this being a dream and being asleep, you’re defenceless and at the mercy of the dream itself, it just has to play out until you wake up.” With said dark emotions being exorcised lyrically, fuzz and delay-soaked guitars (not unlike Ty Segall’s) and swaggering death disco drums feel like an apt accompaniment to the theme.


Meanwhile, Bailey’s gently-distorted vocal feels rabble-rousing and tuneful — the musician’s penchant for pop melody is undeniable. Sounding so accomplished on what is only the musician’s fourth ever single — the project only began in 2020 — is some mean feat. But Bailey has had the best nurture: he’s spent the last few years working as a tour manager, touring with the likes of Demob Happy, Dinosaur Pile Up and Yak. Bailey’s been tenacious but the momentum is now with him for his own big splash — Jaws The Shark has arrived and is here to stay.

Jaws the Shark are: Olly Bailey (Vocals, Guitars) Elliot Rawson (Drums)

Hallan share new track ‘Hands Up’ The new single from upcoming debut EP, ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’



Hallan announce the release of their latest single ‘Hands Up’ and debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’. The former of which sees Hallan delve into the Burroughs-esq commentary on everyday people and everyday life but in a way you’ve never heard before.

Picture Orwellian bleakness combined with Burroughs Beat pennings and add a sprinkling of post-punk. A concoction which we call Hallan. This Portsmouth based four piece take the mundanity of everyday life and perfectly regurgitate it into a semi-abstract and distorted frenzy of punk musings, and they are hitting the ground running in 2021 with their single ‘Hands Up’.

‘Hands Up’ sees the band introduce their latest narrative of “Gumshoe Boy”, an undercover operative in a satirical, parallel world where alternative music is outlawed in The State and the only legal audio consists of power-pop indie music and advertisement jingles. This alternate reality is explored throughout their EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ set to be released on the 16th of July 2021. The full track listing for the EP is as follows

1 Reruns
2 Hands Up
3 The White Boys
4 Orwells Idyllic Future
5 Television Show
6 Prime Time Lullaby

The EP draws influence from everyday observation, mainstream pop culture and laughable tabloid fiction. ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ paints an semi-abstract but tangible image of the new decade, holding a mirror up to not only modern society but individuals. The first taster of this narrative comes in the form of ‘Hands Up’ a cacophony of post-punk raucousness. Frontman Conor speaks on the track;

Our sound changes depending on our agenda at any time, finding a different stride with every step. With ‘Hands Up’ we found ourselves dropped into a western rerun armed with a fiercely cowboyish twang on our six string shooter. We wanted to forth a thematic, semi abstract prose, attacking businessmen and penny pinchers in a  flurry of suitably delirious criticisms.”

While struggling to find a studio which didn’t just place Hallan in the cogs of a much larger machine, the band found Rob Quickenden of Ford Lane studios for their last single “Modern England”. Returning to the rural depths of Yapton, Hallan once again join forces with Quickenden on their debut EP. In a studio setting where no ideas were out of the question and experimentation and exploration were the words of the day, expect ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ to be a no-holds-barred exploration into the minds of Hallan.

Back in the far forgotten world of live events, Hallan supported the likes of Sports Team and Porridge Radio. Yet 2021 sees the band carve their own path all together. Backed by Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Courting, Sprints) Hallan are finally ready to release their latest imaginings to the world, beginning with ‘Hands Up’.

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Anorak Patch launch ‘Irate’ on the Nice Swan Introduces Single Series on 22nd January


Colchester-based four piece, Anorak Patch, whose drummer is just 14 years old burst onto the scene last year with their debut singles, ‘Beans’ & ‘6 Week Party’, the latter of which making the BBC 6Music Playlist. 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.

‘Irate’ 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, System Of A Down & 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.

The band wrote Irate during the first lockdown, it displays how they felt as a collective. Effie and Oscar had just had their exams cancelled and their confusion is reflected in the lyric “what is in your head” this also aims to show how people were doing a lot of self reflection at this time.

The song shows how the band’s everyday lives were changed by the pandemic. “he takes a break from a world he loves” is referring to playing and going to gigs, something the band missed very much this year.

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



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


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


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


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


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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