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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.

FEET share new single ‘Busy Waiting’ Lifted from Upcoming EP, ‘Walking Machine’

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Full of indie rock swagger, “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 single here.

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.

“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, 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. Limited tickets are still available and full details are below.

 

UK TOUR AUGUST 2021

12 Sheffield Record Junkee

13 Manchester The Deaf Institute [Sold Out]

14 Nottingham The Bodega

19 Birmingham Mama Roux’s

20 Bristol Thekla

21 London Oslo [Sold Out]

22 Brighton Hope & Ruin [Sold Out]

Malady return with their own remix of Famous Last Words

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After London four-piece Malady shared their single ‘Famous Last Words’ via Nice Swan Records; they now return with their own club-orientated remix of their electronic-indie anthem.

The original, produced by Malady and Mixed & Engineered by Eduardo De La Paz, explores Malady’s existentialist take on modern life and scratches the surface of the band’s love of more electronic leaning textures and tendencies. 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.

With one foot in the clubbing landscape, Malady has proved their versatile production ability with dance focussed flips of their own tracks, most notably their recent remix of single ‘London, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Dub’.

As they continue to push their sound and branch into the club music realm, Malady deliver another dancefloor-ready heater, adding deep cut kick grooves, backed up with off-kilter, morphing synth-bass lines and crisp breakbeat chops; interspersed with distorted snippets of the original vocals and intricate sound design moments.

Nice Swan Announce London and Manchester Shows on sale now!

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Nice Swan Introduces Tickets – Limited Availability. 

Following up from yesterday’s announcement we are over the moon to now push these four events with the knowledge that they’ll be going ahead!

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”.

ORDER 12″ Compilation

 

Instilled with a passion to push emerging artists on a monthly basis, Volume 1 signals a real landmark moment in the cult indie label’s development, and with several acts already becoming mainstays on the BBC Radio 1/6 Music airwaves and gaining extensive tastemaker approval, the compilation could not be arriving at a better time.

Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1 is released August 30th and will be available on all platforms (pre-order 12″ vinyl here). Tickets for their live shows will go on sale at 9am April 1st here.

  

Live Dates

Aug 12 – YES, Manchester (Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Opus Kink)

Aug 25 – YES, Manchester (Hallan, Jaws the Shark, English Teacher)

Sept 12 – Moth Club, London (Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Hallan, Jelly Cleaver, Opus Kink)

Sept 30 – Camden Assembly, London (Courting, Jaws the Shark, Anorak Patch)

 

Catalogue Numbers and Series Releases

NSWNi001 Jelly Cleaver Feeling Fine

NSWNi002 Courting DBB

NSWNi003 Sprints The Cheek

NSWNi004 Hallan Modern England

NSWNi005 Malady London

NSWNi006 Mandrake Handshake Gonkulator

NSWNi007 Anorak Patch Irate

NSWNi008 Jaws The Shark Demon Dream

NSWNi009 Opus Kink Wild Bill

NSWNI010 English Teacher R&B

NSWNi011 Nice Swan Introduces Volume 1

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Opus Kink return with follow up track ‘Last Train’ out tomorrow on Nice Swan Records

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A land where growled-jazz meets the blues in a showdown to end all perceptions of genre” So Young

“Intense blast of guitar pop” Clash

“New Banger” NME

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 & English Teacher, cementing Nice Swan Records as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels. Today, recent Volume 1 additions Opus Kink share frenetic new cut ‘This Train’, the follow-up to Nice Swan Introduces effort ‘Wild Bill’.

The latest act to emerge from Brighton’s thriving indie scene, Opus Kink certainly deliver on their early promise with eclectic new single ‘This Train’, fusing their ever-evolving and difficult to categorise style to perfection as they continue their experimental ascent amidst a flurry of acclaim.

With plenty of tastemaker (NME, So Young, Clash) and BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq) support accompanying spring release ‘Wild Bill’, the enigmatic collective once again team up with The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess on production duties for ‘This Train’, having ventured to the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales to record their newest material late last year.

Marshalled by a pounding, chugging rhythm section and shrieking horns that help build the song to fever pitch, ‘This Train’ is primed for the band’s wild and unpredictable live shows, with dates lined up nationwide over the coming months, including two Nice Swan showcase gigs alongside label-mates Malady, Mandrake Handshake and Hallan later this summer.

English Teacher return with ‘Wallace’ out today on Nice Swan Records

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“The fierce and magnetic draw of a future punk great” NME 

“A rattling post-punk storm of frustrated lyrics and rumbling bass” DIY

“They could be your new favourite band” The Line Of Best Fit

“Just one weapon in their vast musical armoury” Dork

“A decidedly cool emerging punk band” So Young Magazine

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, Opus Kink & Anorak Patch cementing Nice Swan Records as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels. Today, final Volume 1 additions Leeds’ English Teacher share soaring new effort ‘Wallace’, the B-side to Nice Swan Introduces offering ‘R&B’.

Surging onto the scene in late spring with pulsating anthem ‘R&B’, English Teacher have certainly made quite the early impression. From the raw, distorted guitar and bass of Sonic Youth and Slint to the white-knuckle drums and assertive vocals of punk purveyors Shame, the alt-rockers’ versatility is clear for all to see, with punchy B-side ‘Wallace’ providing further evidence of what to expect from the emerging quartet in the coming months.

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 initial releases, whilst also benefiting from previous experience alongside legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John).

With a slew of acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit, So Young and Beats Per Minute greeting the arrival of ‘R&B’, as well as excitement across the BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley) and BBC 6 Music airwaves (Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens), it’s fair to say English Teacher are generating substantial momentum. Upcoming live dates alongside label-mates FEET and SPRINTS, as well as Sports Team’s annual Margate Bus Trip, leave them primed to take further advantage as they cement their growing status across the indie landscape.

Detailing their newest single, the band explained: “‘Wallace’ is an apocalyptic monologue about what happens when people listen to Wallace Hartley, the band-leader of the Titanic, as a distraction to the sinking of the ship. Born in my hometown, his name is stretched across the door of our local Wetherspoons – thinking about the irony of this got me wrapped up in how the metaphor perfectly expressed my feelings towards the political leanings of the area and the general rise of the right-wing in modern England.”

Produced by Theo Verney (TRAAMS, FEET, Lazarus Kane), English Teacher’s ‘Wallace’ is released June 25th via Nice Swan Records and will be available on all digital platforms.

 

Live Dates:

12 Aug – Record Junkee, Sheffield (w/ FEET)

13 Aug – Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/ FEET)

14 Aug – Margate (Sports Team’s Margate Bus Trip 2021)

25 Aug – YES, Manchester (Nice Swan showcase w/ Hallan & Jaws The Shark)

18 Sept – Psyched Fest, Portsmouth

21 Oct – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham (w/ TV Priest)

31 Oct – Bootleg Social, Blackpool (w/ SPRINTS)

02 Nov – Rough Trade Bristol (w/ TV Priest)

03 Nov – Moth Club, London (w/ TV Priest)

10 Nov – Oporto, Leeds (w/ SPRINTS)

13 Nov – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow

14 Nov – Stag & Dagger Festival, Glasgow