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SPRINTS ANNOUNCE A MODERN JOB EP & SHARE TITLE TRACK MODERN JOB

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SPRINTS 

ANNOUNCE A MODERN JOB EP & SHARE TITLE TRACK MODERN JOB

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A MODERN JOB EP OUT 11th MARCH 2022 ON NICE SWAN RECORDS

““On course towards future raucous, beer-soaked headline festival sets.” NME

“Screw-you power, relentless motorik rhythms and impressively large choruses.” The Guardian

“Sprints may be the latest to emerge from Dublin’s fertile stable of guitar-wielding new heroes, but their two-fingers-up, no-nonsense rattle’n’roll arrives as the natural heir to Amyl and the Sniffers’ grot punk” – DIY 

Today Sprints unveil details of their upcoming EP A Modern Job, which is out 11th March 2022 on Nice Swan RecordsThe band also today share new single Modern Job – the latest taste from the impossibly buzzy Dublin-based quartet. Lyrically, Modern Job finds singer Karla Chubb at her sardonic and angry best, detailing her own personal wish-list “I wish I had the guts/I wish I had the gall/ I wish I had a girl” – all set to cascading guitars and a formidable rhythm section; working in unison to create unrelenting tension, all the while echoing the subject matter Chubb explores in her lyrics. 

On the new single, singer Karla Chubb offers the following:
“Modern Job is a critique of modern existence but also an exploration of growing up queer. In your formative years, you are bombarded with media, books, news that depict what a “normal” life should be. Grow up, fall in love, get married… long live the nuclear family.

By contrast when you grow up queer all these ordinary things can seem extraordinary, out of reach and in some parts of the world, illegal. It leaves you feeling lost, excluded and confused. I wanted Modern Job to capture those feelings; chaotic energy, loneliness and longing of normality while trying to find acceptance within yourself.”

Sprints have received support from the likes The GuardianClashNMEDIYDork as well as love at Radio 1 and Radio 6Music. Recent single How Does The Story Go? (also on the EP) was premiered by Steve Lamacq who praised it as “their best song yet! These guys are going to be something,” The single was included in Spotify UK‘s New Music Friday as well as leading in playlists from NMELoud & Quiet and others.

Sprints combine guitar-driven hooks, motoric rhythm and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk and beyond. 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.

Sprints have hit a nerve. Driven by experience, tough political climates and social and economic uncertainty – their music is honest, often politically charged and authentic. The band begin their U.K. tour next week (details below) 

EP pre-order: https://sprintsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-modern-job

Tour Dates

Oct 21st – The Waiting Room, London (sold out)
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 (sold out)
Oct 30th – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Oct 31st – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
Nov 2nd – Head of Steam, 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
Feb 24th – Yes, Manchester
March 2nd – Moth Club, London

Jaws The Shark shares raucous new cut ‘Cold Feet’, out October 12th via Nice Swan Records, marking the second reveal from his upcoming debut EP arriving early next year.

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Jaws The Shark shares raucous new cut ‘Cold Feet’, out October 12th via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR), marking the second reveal from his upcoming debut EP arriving early next year.

Packing a mighty punch and clocking in at just over two minutes, ‘Cold Feet’ is a wildly infectious and utterly unique rush that exudes feelings of courage and conviction. From the gripping riffs to the weighty drums, the newcomer has undoubtedly amplified his sound through mammoth string work, ride-along lyrics and a compelling layered chorus.

Discussing ‘Cold Feet’, JTS stated: “Cold Feet is about the inner paranoia that we all face from time to time after a little too much fun on the sauce the night before!”

Having already solidified his reputation within the past year, gaining praise from key publications including Dork and Gigwise, alongside spins on the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Shaun Keaveny, Huw Stephens) airwaves, Jaws the Shark is certainly swimming in a sea of potential, and with support slots for The Wytches imminent, his presence across the indie landscape is primed to become even bigger in the months to come.

Produced by Theo Verney (FEET, Lazarus Kane, English Teacher), Jaws The Shark’s ‘Cold Feet’ is out October 12th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

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Live Dates

16th Oct – Live at Leeds Festival

29th Oct – Lafayette, London w/ The Wytches

30th Oct – Patterns, Brighton w/ The Wytches

4th Nov – Louisiana, Bristol w/ The Wytches

Nice Swan London Special Event With A Secret Headliner, English Teacher, Deadletter & Prima Queen at Brixton Windmill on 25.09.21

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It’s an absolute pleasure to announce that we have a very special show coming up at the great Windmill Brixton on 25th September 2021 featuring English Teacher DEADLETTER Prima Queen and a very special secret headliner

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”.

Jaws The Shark shares buoyant offering ‘Erase Myself’, out August 24th via Nice Swan Records

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Jaws The Shark share buoyant offering ‘Erase Myself’, out August 24th via Nice Swan Records

“A hooky piece of garage rock…a hell of a lot of potential” – Gigwise

Multi-instrumentalist Jaws the Shark shares addictive new single, ‘Erase Myself’, out August 24th via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR).

Running just over two minutes in length, ‘Erase Myself’ packs an intense adrenaline rush and exudes feelings of escapism. From the buyout riffs to the addictive hooks, the newcomer has undoubtedly amplified his sound through mammoth string work, ride-along lyrics and an infectiously layered chorus.

Formed in spring last year, the project of creative mastermind Olly Bailey sees him transform bedroom boredom into a thrillingly vivid soundtrack, with ‘Erase Myself’ arriving as the lead single from his forthcoming debut EP – perfectly timed ahead of festival slots at Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City and supports alongside The Wytches and Courting.

Having received praise from a slew of publications including Dork and Gigwise, alongside spins on the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Shaun Keaveny, Huw Stephens) airwaves, Jaws the Shark is already displaying ample potential, with his presence across the indie landscape primed to become even bigger in the months to come.

Jaws The Shark’s ‘Erase Myself’ is out August 24th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

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\Live Dates

13th Aug – Headrow House, Leeds

25th Aug – YES, Manchester

26th Aug – Bootleg Social, Blackpool

21st Sept – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes w/ The Maine

25th Sept – Key Club, Leeds w/ The Maine

30th Sept – 02 Islington Academy, London w/ The Maine

30th Sept – Camden Assembly, London w/ Courting & Anorak Patch

1st Oct – Liverpool Sound City Festival

16th Oct – Live at Leeds Festival

29th Oct – Lafayette, London w/ The Wytches

30th Oct – Patterns, Brighton w/ The Wytches

4th Nov – Louisiana, Bristol w/ The Wytches

FUR ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM “WHEN YOU WALK AWAY” VIA BOY PABLO’S 777 MUSIC

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FUR ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM

“WHEN YOU WALK AWAY”

VIA BOY PABLO’S 777 MUSIC

AND SHARE TITLE TRACK

WATCH VIDEO HERE

Photo Credit: Julia Nala 

Early press support for FUR:

“Many young bands of recent years have tried to hark back to the golden dawn of pop songwriting, but few have managed to do it quite as convincingly as Brighton quartet FUR. Pure twinkle-eyed joy.”
DIY

“Finely crafted retro gold.”
The Independent

“Shimmering cuts from a band truly finding their rhythm nicely.”
Dork

“One of the UK’s most exciting breakthrough guitar bands.”
Daily Star

“The band’s whip-smart indie pop has a real classic feel, while adoring its own eccentricities.”
CLASH

“No strangers to taking sounds from the past and giving them an up-to-date lick of paint, FUR make a brilliant return.”
Gigwise

NME New Bangers

Today, Brighton rockers FUR are pleased to announce their much-anticipated debut album, “When You Walk Away”, will be released on November 5, 2021 via Boy Pablo’s Norwegian tastemaker label 777 Music.

“When You Walk Away” marks the band’s most fully realised effort to date. FUR, who described their last EP, 2020’s “Facing Home Mixtape”, as a “harmonious meeting of unintentional things”, created a deeply personal yet deliberate and cohesive album that is both contemporary and a homage to traditional rock n roll, a genre the group has continuously gravitated toward. For a band who have seen considerable support building at both press and radio over the last few years, the album has been a long time coming but there’s no doubt, with this set of songs, that “When You Walk Away” has been well worth the wait.

Earlier this summer the band shared the first taster of the new album, “The Fine Line Of A Quiet Life”, a brilliantly insistent slice of indie-pop that paired their trademark melodic gifts to an immediate, modern production. Today, they share the title-track of the album and visual accompaniment directed by Vasilisa Forbes. Vasilisa is a UK-based female director who has previously directed visuals for acts like Hannah Diamond, The Bug and Millie Turner.

The band’s own Will Murray had the following to say about the album’s title-track and its connections with the record as a whole:

“When You Walk Away Pt I is a hopeful yet reflective statement that opens the album. Drawn from the common axiom ‘when you walk away, don’t turn/look back’ it acts as a personal manifesto that looks to punctuate and frame the themes present on the album. The album deals with the personal and shared experiences we have during the difficult post-coming of age period in our lives, with each song being a snapshot/postcard searching for meaning and trying to make sense of these experiences.

Post-coming of age is a dizzying period of intense change and movement, both internal and external, in which you try to find your place in the world whilst finding yourself within. You may have to walk away from home, familiarity, innocence as well as jobs, relationships and situations that are no good for you while in turn friends and love’s may walk away from you. As someone with a penchant for standing outside of time and dwelling on the past, the songs act as a reminder to be more present and spend less time looking over my shoulder.

When You Walk Away Pt I’s “find someone who loves you and don’t let go / find someone to believe in and let them know” serves as an ode to love and friendship, and hopes to impart small wisdoms in what I have learned through experience and believe to be most important.”

WATCH VIDEO TO “WHEN YOU WALK AWAY” HERE

After the pandemic derailed live plans over the last year, the band now return with a series of shows at Reading & Leeds Festival, Live At Leeds. a tour in support of 777 labelmate Boy Pablo and then a significant run of headlining dates in November.

You can catch the band live at the following dates:

August 27th – Leeds, Leeds Festival
August 29th – Reading, Reading Festival

September 13th – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall w/ Boy Pablo
September 14th – Glasgow, The Garage w/ Boy Pablo
September 16th – Manchester, The Ritz w/ Boy Pablo
September 17th – Birmingham, 02 Academy 2 w/ Boy Pablo
September 18th – London, St Johns Church w/ Boy Pablo
September 20th – Bristol, Motion w/ Boy Pablo
October 16th – Leeds, Live At Leeds
November 16th – Sheffield, The Leadmill
November 17th – Newcastle, The Cluny
November 18th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
November 19th – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
November 20th – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
November 22nd – Liverpool, Phase One
November 24th – Southampton, Heartbreakers
November 26th – London, Oslo
November 27th – Margate, Elsewhere

Tickets available HERE

Pre-order the album HERE and receive a limited edition FUR football jersey as well as an exclusive Rough Trade vinyl version with a photobook.

More details about FUR:

Signing to Norway’s ‘777 Music’ in the Autumn of 2020, meant that FUR were able to secure their debut album on the tail end of the year; a spout of luck and gift of time, which enabled the group to sit-back and relish the respective freedom of recording with neither time constraints, nor pressure, to be anything but “a band at our own pace again”.

Learning to navigate the seemingly impossible task of banding together in a global lockdown would at first trip appear stalemate, yet three studios down and isolated rehearsals in their respective homes, resulted in something beautifully responsive in the form of the ‘Facing Home Mixtape’; a self-recorded “creative bleed” which attempted to combat “the lack of shows and lack of rehearsal rubbish”, by utilising energy that had been stored up, but not quite made the album cut.

One of the greatest insights in life, is the familiarity found in time. That ever-existing stamp in which art can simultaneously exist pre, present and post pandemic, resulted in an observatory hyper-awareness and desire to soak up life’s endurances, which has frequented FUR’s thoughts often. If the mixtape was a self-described “harmonious meeting of unintentional things” and wistful nostalgia, then it’s intrinsically adept that FUR’s subsequent debut album, is to be titled ‘When You Walk Away’.

Recorded at Echo Zoo Studios (Michael Kiwanuka), FUR employed the skills of Theo Verney on production and engineer Kristoff Skirl, both of whom were key collaborators in FUR’s earlier work. As children, J.M Barrie taught us never to say goodbye, “because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting”- and yet in homage to the murky waters post your early twenties, ‘When You Walk Away’ is evidently less an epic down memory lane- chasing the second star to the right and straight on ‘til eternity, and rather, a conscious move from a band who embrace collaborative development and the art of turning back, to aid the next big step forward.

It goes without saying that bubbling in a studio for thirty days would be enough to shield FUR (if but temporarily) from the abnormality of the world outside. Manifesting a sense of overstimulated awareness, like that first blink of light after a lunchtime cinema trip, resulted in an environment of “right here right now” recording, in which it became integral from the get-go, to release an album of “entirely new material” as opposed to an accumulated “mix-and-match”, of previously released tracks.

Whether it’s playing a Gibson SG, enlisting the skills of Mike Rowe (Mick Jagger’s key’s player amongst other accolades), or falling down the White Rabbit hole of The Velvet Underground via The Strokes in a flurry of influential digestion, FUR, are unquestionably a contemporary act, writing contemporary songs, for tomorrow’s music explorers; an infinite balancing act between present relevancy, and the traditional rock n roll of which they themselves, look up to.

2020 saw FUR create an interactive fan WhatsApp group and a Tik-Tok account- all as a “duty to provide entertainment or escape” to their ever-growing, and fiercely loyal audience. But what’s next? Their ‘Spring 2020’ tour, which’ll see FUR play the likes of Manchester’s ‘The Deaf Institute’ and ‘Oslo’ in London, was pensively rescheduled to November 2021, and a coveted support slot with Boy Pablo in September, will, if all goes to plan, further cement FUR’s statuses as purveyors of beautifully crafted showmanship.

Growing up may well be an awfully big adventure. FUR, despite their ‘Existential Crisis in G Major’, timelessly suggest that if the mystique of self-awareness is the key to critical acclaim, then transcending silver linings and effervescent learning curves are enough to turn a debut album from something deeply personal, to an intimately unified body of work.

Acknowledging the parallels between the historical significance of today’s climate, and the long-foretold pertinence of FUR’s biggest career step to date, do the group believe in fate? “There’s something looking over us- a natural development of patience and how we perceive things.” – a trademark consciousness which makes FUR the influential sweethearts they’ve truly grown to become.

FUR are:

Will Murray – Vocals, Guitar
Josh Buchanan – Guitar
William Tavener – Bass
Flynn Whelan – Drums

FUR
When You Walk Away
Out November 5th via 777 Music

1. When You Walk Away Pt I
2. Anybody Else But Me
3. To Be Next To Her
4. The Fine Line of a Quiet Life
5. She’s the Warmest Colour of My Mind
6. No Good For You
7. What I Am
8. Wild Heart
9. Love You All The Time
10. Holding Up the Sun
11. When You Walk Away Pt II

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COURTING RELEASE NEW REMIX EP “GRAND PRIX” FT. ROBBIE & MONA, GLOWS & JUST WONDERING

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COURTING RELEASE NEW REMIX EP “GRAND PRIX” FT. ROBBIE & MONA, GLOWS & JUST WONDERING

“GRAND NATIONAL” EP OUT NOW VIA NICE SWAN RECORDS

Today, Liverpool four-piece Courting have released a new remix EP titled “Grand Prix”. Featuring friends of the band: Robbie & Mona, GLOWS and Just Wondering, the EP sees the tracks “Crass” and “Slow Burner” given the remix treatment.

The tracks are taken from the bands recent EP “Grand National”, which was released to vast critical acclaim earlier this year via Nice Swan Records (home to the likes of Sports Team & Pip Blom). Following a string of standalone single releases including “Popshop!”, “Football” and “Not Yr Man”, Courting found themselves earning accolades across an array of media with the band landing on the BBC 6 Music playlist, and included in end of year lists across the likes of: NME 100, Dork Hype List 2021 & DIY Hello 2021.

Following the announcement of their latest EP, Courting crashed into 2021 with the release of their horse-racing anti-anthem “Grand National”, which went on to see the band break into the 6 Music playlist a second time – moving up to the A-list. The single and EP also earned plaudits across the industry with support from the likes of The Needle Drop, CRACK, Dork, DIY NME, CLASH, and London Evening Standard, as well as praise from fellow bands such as Sports Team, FEET, and many more.

Now, the new remix EP comes as the band prepare to set out on their highly anticipated UK headline tour in September, which precedes a number of festival appearances and two consecutive support slots with Sports Team at Brixton Academy in November.

Speaking about the remix EP, frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill, says “Whenever we write music, we treat it quite inwardly and write for ourselves and our gigs. After a while, it feels great to allow other artists we love to take over that space and create whatever they want from what we’ve recorded. Grand Prix is the collaborative sister project to Grand National, with everything carried out by our friends in GLOWS, Robbie & Mona, and Just Wondering, whilst the artwork was created by our friend George from FEET. Now you won’t get dirty looks if you decide to lash one of our songs into a DJ set.”

 

Live dates:

TUE 14 SEPTEMBER –THE POETRY CLUB – GLASGOW, UK
WED 15 SEPTEMBER — THINK TANK? UNDERGROUND – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK
THU 16 SEPTEMBER — OPORTO – LEEDS, UK
FRI 17 SEPTEMBER – O2 ACADEMY LIVERPOOL – LIVERPOOL, UK
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER – FOUNDRY – SHEFFIELD, UK
MON 20 SEPTEMBER – YES BASEMENT – MANCHESTER, UK
TUE 21 SEPTEMBER – BODEGA SOCIAL – NOTTINGHAM, UK
THU 23 SEPTEMBER – THE HARE AND HOUNDS – BIRMINGHAM, UK
FRI 24 SEPTEMBER -THE COOKIE – LEICESTER, UK
SAT 25 SEPTEMBER – PORTLAND ARMS – CAMBRIDGE, UK
SUN 26 SEPTEMBER – CRAUFURD ARMS – WOLVERTON, UK
MON 27 SEPTEMBER – LOUISIANA – BRISTOL, UK
TUE 28 SEPTEMBER – CLWB IFOR BACH – CARDIFF, UK
THU 30 SEPTEMBER – CAMDEN ASSEMBLY – LONDON, UK
FRI 1 OCTOBER – O2 ACADEMY LIVERPOOL – LIVERPOOL, UK

SAT 9 OCTOBER – ARE YOU LISTENING FESTIVAL 2021 – READING, UK
SAT 16 OCTOBER – LIVE AT LEEDS 2021 – LEEDS, UK
TUE 26 OCTOBER – SWG3 – GLASGOW, UK
SAT 30 OCTOBER – HEADROW HOUSE & BELGRAVE MUSIC HALL – LEEDS, UK

SAT 6 NOVEMBER – MUTATIONS FESTIVAL 2021 – BRIGHTON, UK
WED 17 NOVEMBER – ROCK CITY – NOTTINGHAM, UK
THU 18 NOVEMBER – STYLUS – LEEDS, UK
SUN 21 NOVEMBER – WHELANS – DUBLIN, IRELAND
TUE 23 NOVEMBER – O2 ACADEMY BRISTOL – BRISTOL, UK
THU 25 NOVEMBER – O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON – LONDON, UK

SAT 11 DECEMBER – SONIC WAVE FESTIVAL 2021 – BIRMINGHAM, UK

More info and tickets available HERE

[INSERT EP ARTWORK]
“Grand Prix artwork”

Tracklisting:

1. Crass (Robbie & Mona remix)
2. Crass (GLOWS remix)
3. Slow Burner (Just Wondering remix)
4. Crass (GLOWS remix)

Order the remix EP HERE [INSERT LINK]

Courting are:

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

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FEET REVEAL ‘BUSY WAITING’ VIDEO

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Lifted from their recently released ‘Walking Machine’ EP.

 

Following the release of their latest EP ‘Walking Machine’ last week, FEET are now sharing the video for ‘Busy Waiting’.

“Busy waiting is trying to capture that frustration of waiting for somebody to get a move on” explains frontman George. “As a professional faffer myself, it was quite easy to slip into both of those roles for the writing and I’m chuffed with the amount of tension we’ve squeezed into a relatively short track.”

Check out the EP Below

‘Self-defining this new juncture as “crease pop”, FEET are at their most invested in their current incarnation, at ease in disrupting the status quo’

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Holding up a mirror to the inanities of modern national life, sandwiched between post-punk and indie, FEET have made a habit of steering between caustic and deadpan impishness – grounded by self-deprecation, jolting into the evermore acerbic with the passing of each release.

The Coventry-issuing five-piece, North London-based for the last two years, are at a rancorous crossroads, the offbeat shenanigans of their early singles rupturing into increasingly dicey, razor-edged wit, found front and centre of Walking Machine. A product of the times in its acid-tongued flippancy, amplifying the pangs of discontent that twitched at the border of full-length debut What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham; playfulness morphing into frustration, softer slapstick irreverence not completely absent but shouldered to the side-lines.

Socially aware quips loom large on the outfit’s latest EP, barbed digs at sanitised subculture set to punchy percussion and nimble guitar work, George Haverson’s raconteur roguishness wrapping around wordplay opining on the plastic, vacuous and innocuous. Self-defining this new juncture as “crease pop”, FEET are at their most invested in their current incarnation, at ease in disrupting the status quo. “Peace & Quiet”, case in point, flaunts an immediate revitalised sense of direction in rallying against a sell-out instinct amongst certain quarters: “Corporate ass kissing / Closing down venues / Cos the hippies ain’t listening”. Not dour or sceptical for its own sake, a vibrancy is present that the band have flaunted since day one, a constant that runs through the Ramones-esque leering “Library” and the rockabilly strum of “Arena”, a sobering lyrical reflection on the current state of the live music landscape.

Reaching a limber balance between light sarcasm and jutting takedowns, Walking Machine is FEET retaining their sly humour, dialling down the wonk-pop overtones, while sprinting towards a more cynically geared approach, a move that’s both cutting and infectiously droll.

Hallan release debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ Out July 30th via Nice Swan Records

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Portsmouth post-punks Hallan share scintillating, concept-fuelled debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’,
out July 30th 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 debut EP already spawning acclaimed singles ‘Modern England’, ‘Hands Up’, ‘Orwell’s Idyllic Future’ and ‘Reruns’, the group’s frenetic musings on the mundanity of everyday life have certainly 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.

Speaking ahead of their EP release, frontman Conor Clements revealed: “‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ was created as our first delve into concept material. Drawing on our own lives and the lives of the people who surround us, the EP takes these lives and twists them into our own concocted universe where reality is blended together with surrealism and the dystopian ideals we see today. We invite you to take a listen and pray for your safety, as the state will surely be out for all accomplices and Gumshoe Boy may not be here to save you this time”.

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 ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ is out July 30th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor (EP) Tracklist
01 – Hands Up
02 – Orwell’s Idyllic Future 03 – Reruns
04 – TV Show 05 – Whiteboys TV
06 – Prime Time Lullaby

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
15th Nov – The Fulford Arms, York 16th Nov – Headrow House, Leeds 17th Nov – The Adelphi, Hull

SPRINTS SHARE NEW SINGLE HOW DOES THE STORY GO? OUT ON FRIDAY ON NICE SWAN

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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 

“Sprints may be the latest to emerge from Dublin’s fertile stable of guitar-wielding new heroes, but their two-fingers-up, no-nonsense rattle and roll arrives as the natural heir to Amyl and the Sniffers’ grot punk – DIY

Today Sprints share new single How Does The Story Go? out now via Nice Swan Records. The single follows the Manifesto EP, released inMarch, to critical acclaim from the likes of TheGuardian,Clash, NME, DIY, Dork and many others. Sprints have also won support at BBC 6Music and Radio 1. The Dublin band have a knack for writing unwaveringly catchy, progressive and socially astute songs – How Does The Story Go? once again showcasing vocalist Karla Chubb’s humour, vulnerability and candid honesty.

With How Does The Story Go?, the band reflect upon the nature of sacrifice that comes with pursuing a career in the arts, saying “Friends are emigrating, buying houses, growing older and maturing, whatever that means, and sometimes you feel stuck. It feels like the world is spinning and moving around you, and while there is nothing else I’d rather be doing than playing music with my adopted family, sometimes you can’t help but feel left behind.”

 

Raw and raucous, Sprints are a garage-noise four-piece from Dublin. They combine guitar-driven hooks, motoric rhythm and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk and beyond. 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.

Sprints have hit a nerve. Driven by experience, tough political climates and social and economic uncertainty – their music is honest, often politically charged and authentic. Sprints’ second EP will be released via Nice Swan Records in ‘21. More details on that will be shared imminently. The band will tour the U.K. & Ireland in November (dates below).

This recording was supported through funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Ireland as administered via the Music Industry Stimulus Package 2020.