Sports Team announced as headliners for Reading & Leeds’ BBC Introducing Stage

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It was only a matter of time… once one witnesses the sheer pleasure of Alex Rice’s dance moves, headline slots inevitably beckon. Reading and Leeds festival are the next in line to fall for this token of showmanship and so it is with great pleasure that we announce that Sports Team have been announced as BBC Introducing stage headliners. They’ll play alongside a slew of the best of the British underground including The Blinders, The Snuts, Fizzy Blood, Lady Bird and many more.

You can view the full line-up here and purchase tickets here.

Sweaty Palms release their snarling debut album, ‘Quit Now’

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There’s something in the air in Glasgow of late; it’s a fertile pool of guitar-based talent with plenty of energy bubbling away under the surface and Sweaty Palms are the most visceral of the lot. Their name in itself is a reference to those factors – anger, nervous energy, excitement… and today they release their revved-up debut album, Quit Now, a solid template that somehow emits the energy of their chaotic live shows and encompasses their general view of the world with a heavy disdain towards the 21st century’s narcissistic culture, rampant misogyny, prejudice, discrimination and all the other shit that clogs up our United Kingdom.

Instead of a plethora of radio-friendly, ready-made singles, Sweaty Palms wanted to focus on making an album that was more of an experience with a thematic understanding woven throughout every track. From the nihilistic Pretext, through to the black humour of Queer Fatwa and the stark, The Liquid Hall, there’s a collection of soundscapes that veer from your sold indie rock into weirder, darker territory, with synth leads and spacious arrangements perhaps pointing to the band’s future intentions.

Dork Magazine have hailed it as a ‘stonker of a debut’, which ‘establishes Sweaty Palms as one of the most exciting garage rock prospects around’. We’re probably going to have to agree, there.

You can listen to the album on all good streaming services here.

Sports Team provide Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’

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Last night, our very own Sports Team cracked the watershed with ‘Kutcher’ making Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record In The World.’

After the track was played on air, frontman, Alex Rice, spoke on the phone with ‘Annabel’ Mac about the origins of the band, their inspirations, what a Sports Team live show entails and what’s next for the guys. You can hear the track and interview below:

Tickets for Sports Team’s headline Scala show are available here.

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.

Order Now for 20% Off

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.