Nice Swan Records makes waves at The Great Escape 2018

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As Nice Swan descended on to this year’s Great Escape festival, the buzz was palpable for Pip Blom, Sports Team and Sweaty Palms, all playing to packed out shows throughout the course of the weekend. DIY Magazine reported on the below as part of their festival round-up:

At The Western at the sober hour of 3pm, Sports Team are packed into a tiny upstairs room that can barely contain singer Alex Rice’s Jagger-esque dance moves, let alone the heaving crowd that’s watching them. Where previously the London band’s schtick was all about the show – an are-they-real-or-are-they-joking mix of ludicrous shape-pulling and a man inexplicable playing a box of tic tacs – now they’ve got the songs and the musical skill to back it up. ‘Beverley Rose’ and ‘Winter Nets’ are theatrical tales of faded suburbia, while recent single ‘Ashton’ is a gloriously odd nod to the former Punk’d star. How their brains work that way we do not know. But thank christ that they do.

The Komedia has gone Dutch today, with a handful of acts from the Netherlands showcased across the afternoon. Amsterdam newcomers Pip Blom – fronted by Pip herself and backed by an impressively gnarly group of pals – are one of the country’s frontrunners, their Courtney Barnett-esque slacker-garage rock hybrid noisy in the best way.

Words: Will Richards
Photos: Emma Swann

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Take a listen to Pip Blom’s formidable new single, ‘Pussycat’

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Today is a good day. Why, you ask? Because Pip Blom has revealed her latest single, ‘Pussycat’; a snarling, 3-minute joyride of a track which sees her at her most forthright and cocksure. Taken as the first taster from her impending EP, Paycheck, which is set for release on the 31st August on Nice Swan, ‘Pussycat’ is driven by a collision of guitars courtesy of brother and bandmate, Tender, and given some whiskers by Pip’s formidable cool, with her demanding, ‘I wanna know what you’re trying to say’.

The full EP track listing is as follows:

  1. Pussycat
  2. Come Home
  3. The Shed
  4. Hours

Following on from a UK co-headline tour with Nice Swan labelmates Sports Team, which included a sold-out showcase at London’s Moth Club, the consistently, charismatic presence of Pip Blom and her band are set to grace UK and European shores this summer as they support alt-titans, The Breeders alongside a slew of festival dates, listed below:

17-19 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (Four Shows)
27 – Vicar Street, Dublin (w/ The Breeders)
28 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (w/ The Breeders)
29 – Stylus, Leeds (w/ The Breeders)
30 – Roundhouse, London (w/ The Breeders)

01 – The Lock Tavern, London
02 – Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham

10 – Academy, Bristol (w/ The Breeders)
11 – Academy, Birmingham (w/ The Breeders)
13 – The Ritz, Manchester (w/ The Breeders)
14/15 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
29 – Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire

Sweaty Palms announce their debut album, ‘Quit Now’

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Fans of Glaswegian upstarts, Sweaty Palms, will be thrilled to learn that the band have announced plans to release a debut album this summer.

Entitled, Quit Now, with a release date set for the 8th June, it promises to encapsulate on all of the vehemence that makes the band such a thrilling entity.

“The anger comes from the rampant atmosphere of misogyny in our society… apathy, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms,” the band state. “To make music that doesn’t address this in some way would feel dishonest and pointless.”

You can pre-order the record here but for those who will struggle to wait a whole month, their latest single, ‘Transit Paul’, is enough to whet the appetite for now.

Listen to the track below, and check out the official tracklisting:


1. Pretext
2. Queer Fatwa
3. Captain Of The Rugby Team
4. Grey Existence
5. Winter Sports
6. Transit Paul
7. The Illusionist
8. Feed Me More
9. Kellyanne
10. The Liquid Hall
11. Community Crass

New Music Friday! Fresh New Releases from Sports Team & Sweaty Palms

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We are excited to return with new music from both Sports Team and their brilliant new single, ‘Kutcher’ whilst Glaswegians, Sweaty Palms announce their debut album Quit Now with the thumping new single, ‘Transit Paul’.

Sports Team’s new single ‘Kutcher’ is about exactly what you’d hope
Today sees London’s Sports Team unveil enigmatic new single ‘Kutcher’, listen here.

The track was recorded and produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett) and comes in the wake of the six piece’s acclaimed debut Winter Nets EP, released at the tail end of 2017, firmly establishing Sports Team as one of the capital’s most invigorating new outfits.

From their unlikely Harlesden base, Sports Team have spent the last six months quietly but assuredly fulfilling the word-of-mouth hype around their early live shows; built off the back of crowds who believe against all good advice that erratic is good, and that a gig should be a show not a showcase.

Selling out Birthdays late last year without releasing a track, and more recently Moth Club, today they also announce their biggest show to date at Scala on the 19th September, with support from Ugly and P-Rallel DJ, with more to be announced. As the band see it:

‘’We never really fit the club stages anyway, there are 6 of us, sometimes more, so at least we’ll all have somewhere to stand at Scala. We’ve always been ambitious about what we’re doing, it’s about playing to more and more people, making going to see a band feel like something to take the whole day off work for.”

It’s a step up which feels entirely natural given how quickly they’ve surpassed many of their peers, eschewing parochial London scenes and demanding to be top of bills, front page, centre stage. From the moment frontman Alex Rice struts on stage to the arms-round-shoulders set closer ‘Stanton’, there’s a sense that this is a band that’s going far beyond the confines of a pub’s back room.

New single ‘Kutcher’ speaks to this promise, pitting Rice’s cocker-ish vocal quips against a twisting, propulsive backing that showcases an ambition sorely lacking in British guitar music of late.

With a busy summer ahead, Sports Team join a handful of bands dragging the spotlight back onto English guitar music. Watch this space.



Sweaty Palms have announced their debut album, ‘Quit Now’

Sweaty Palms have confirmed that they’ll release their debut album this summer.

The Glasgow band – Ronan Fay (guitar), Robbie Houston (vocals & guitar), Shaun ‘Monty’ Montgomery (bass) and Tom Ross (drums) – will drop ‘Quit Now’ on 8th June via Nice Swan Records.

“The anger comes from the rampant atmosphere of misogyny in our society… apathy, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms,” the band say of the release. “To make music that doesn’t address this in some way would feel dishonest and pointless.”

The full-length is preceded by new single ‘Transit Paul’, a strident take on The State Of Things, full of snotty bite and visceral post-punk sensibilities. There’s also a UK tour that kicks off this evening in Aberdeen.

Listen to ‘Transit Paul’ here, and find their tour dates after the jump.

Pre-Order the 12″ Vinyl for ‘Quit Now’ by Sweaty Palms Here:

Record Store Day 2018 @ Nice Swan Records

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Nice Swan Records Bundle Offer for RSD 2018

To Celebrate Record Store Day 2018 this Saturday, we are offering a very limited bundle deal through our store.

You can have a Pip Blom 7″ single for A/A single Babies Are A Lie / School, the 6 track debut Sports Team EP Winter Nets 12″ & a Nice Swan Records Tee for just £20

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+ 20% Off All Orders This Week

Sports Team – Winter Nets 12″ EP

6 Track debut EP from London based 6 piece featuring hit singles, ‘Beverley Rose’ & ‘Stanton’.

Order Now for 20% Off


Pip Blom – Babies Are A Lie / School 7″ A/A

Grab the limited edition debut physical release from Amsterdam’s Pip Blom.

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What’s new at Nice Swan Records?

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Nice Swan Records Tour, March 2018 Pip Blom + Sports Team

Firstly a huge thanks to everyone that made it down to one of the Nice Swan Records tour dates last week!
To have packed out venues in Manchester, London, Southampton, Cardiff & Birmingham was brilliant!
We’d like to also thank the superb Jacob Slater & Witch Fever for supporting in London & Manchester.

With such a successful first label tour, we cant wait to do it again! Watch this space…..

Sweaty Palms – BBC 6Music Session

New Nice Swan Records signings Sweaty Palms were up in Salford to record a live session for Vic Galloway sitting in for Marc Riley

Listen here




Sweaty Palms Premiere video for single ‘Captain Of The Rugby Team’

Clash Magazine have premiered the new video for debut Nice Swan Records release.

Check the video out here





Pip Blom – ‘I Think I’m In Love’ added to BBC 6Music A-List

Pip’s latest single, ‘I Think I’m In Love’ has been bumped up to the BBC 6Music A-List this week.

Check out Pip’s recent session she performed for Huw Stephens BBC Radio One show at the legendary Maida Vale studios here


Order Pip Blom – I think I’m In Love







New Music on the way from Sports Team, in the mean time you can still get a copy of their EP whilst stocks last…

Buy Sports Team – Winter Nets EP here

Glasgow indie crew Sweaty Palms are part of an explosion of energy within the city. (Clash Magazine)

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The underground scene in and around Glasgow is bustling, heavy with vagabonds and wayfaring geniuses.

New song ‘Captain Of The Rugby Team’ is an ultra-catchy slice of DIY indie punk, blessed with a contagious chorus and sharp, pointy teeth.

The lyrics take no prisoners, dismantling lad culture, and the kind of everyday misogyny that leads to cases like this one or this one.

It simply couldn’t be more timely. We’re able to share the video, and you can check it out below.

Pip Blom Is Ready to Join the Ranks of 2018’s Rising Guitar Acts (Noisey)

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Introducing the Amsterdam artist who makes sweet, fuzzy music for you to get lost in.

British Music Press™ has recently been extremely on one about the ‘resurgence’ of a little thing called guitar music. Lots of publications seem to have pinned this phenomenon to the rise of the young south London band Shame and their contemporaries, though for my money, the scope is a bit wider.

Firstly, it’s important to dispel the myth that rock comes and goes like an unreliable weekend dad – the many people playing in thriving local scenes around the UK (and beyond, of course) are evidence enough of that. New guitar music falling out of the headlines doesn’t make it dead. It is always breathing, alive on the peripheries, there if you’re willing to look for it (the internet has made this even easier). However, if we are going to look to traditional coverage as an indicator of what’s popping, it’s interesting and heartening that a number of the bands catching attention right now include women. The typical picture of rock in the mainstream press has, historically, been depressingly male, though of late, you’ll have been browsing with your eyes shut to have missed acts like Sorry and Goat Girl in UK indie titles. And if these publications cast their nets slightly further out, I’d be surprised if the name of another artist – Pip Blom – doesn’t start cropping up on their pages sooner rather than later, too.

Pip’s sound resonates well with the slightly Britpop-reminiscent feel of the wave of ascendant guitar bands here in the UK, calling back to the rougher edges of Blur. Its lo-fi sensibility and understated vocal, though, add a new, unique twist that could take her anywhere. It’s a charming combination, and part of the reason we’re premiering her new single “I Think I’m in Love” right here. Chatting to Pip – who is sweet and modestly (though unduly) self-deprecating – the music’s winning quality makes a special kind of sense. This is heightened and filled out by the addition of a band. Though she started off making music alone – first releasing material in 2016 – Pip has now built an outfit around herself, comprised of her brother Tender, and friends Gini and Casper. “When I first released four songs, back in 2016, there was no band. I always wanted to start one and make music together with other people, but I wasn’t able to find anyone who wanted to join me. So I wrote songs and recorded them at home.”

All of a sudden people liked them, added them to their playlists and started writing about them,” she adds. “So then the panic started, as I wasn’t able to play the songs live because there was no band! That’s kind of how it all started. It’s two years later now and we have a new set-up. My brother Tender has stayed with me the entire time, but Casper and Gini weren’t there from the beginning.”

Now that her lineup is solidified, Pip’s style is already a distinctive one, and the video for “I Think I’m in Love” feels like an a remarkably good visual representation of the sound on display. Shot on Pip’s home turf of the Netherlands (specifically in the city of Groningen) by filmmaker Hache, the video is fuzzy, bright, and a little bit raucous, mirroring the music. She remembers the shoot, telling me, “Hache, who made the video, came up with the idea. He had spotted a few very cool locations in Groningen where he really wanted to film. We had a few hours to film it cause we were there for Eurosonic Festival, and we had to film in between shows. My favourite shots are the ones on the rooftop – I loved being there.”

It seems as though Pip will be getting used to large stages like Eurosonic’s, as she’s just been announced as the main European support act for The Breeders’ upcoming tour. I wonder how that feels, considering The Breeders’ status as standard-bearers for women in rock music. “The Breeders have been one of my favourite bands since I was a tiny human being,” Pip enthuses. “I used to have ‘Cannonball’ as my ringtone! When I started making songs there were a lot of singer-songwriters at that time, and of course there is nothing wrong with singer-songwriters, but I was so sick of girls with guitars singing cute songs. I wanted to do something cool, and The Breeders were such a good example of a band with girls that was very powerful.”

If Pip’s intention was “to do something cool,” she’s well on her way to achieving that with her catalogue so far. “I Think I’m in Love” is due for release on Nice Swan Records, also the label of Noisey faves Sports Team (with whom Pip will be touring the UK in March – she “can’t wait”). And though, she says, “Because we’re not from the UK it’s hard to feel part of the UK scene,” it seems that while her brand of straight-up but heady pop-rock is primed for global success, Pip Blom will be never be without a welcome on these shores.

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Sweaty Palms deliver jagged punk on ‘Captain of the Rugby Team’ (DIY)

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The politicised Glaswegians examine an atmosphere of misogyny in society on their latest track.  Posted on 15th February 2018  On their debut single ‘Queer Fatwa’, Glaswegians Sweaty Palms drew on a phrase from Jon Ronson’s ‘Them’, where an Islamist Militant leader attempted to put the aforementioned “queer fatwa” on the author.


The band are continuing to straddle the line between the playful and political on their new track, ‘Captain of the Rugby Team’. Here though, they cast their eyes to the misogynist aspects of society, wrapping their half-sung, half-spoken (always piercing) words around three minutes of driving, jagged riffs and haunting wails.


Speaking of the track, the band said: “It’s about the rampant atmosphere of misogyny in our society that masquerades as ‘Lad Culture’. Champagne socialists and Buckfast Tories. Apathy, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms”.


Sweaty Palms are set to play at the Castle Hotel in Manchester on 12th March. They’re also set to play a couple of live shows in May. On 4th May they’re headed to Aberdeen’s Krakatoa, while on 10th May they head to Sheffield to play at The Washington.   Get the first spin of ‘Captain of the Rugby Team’ below.