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Fast-rising Edinburgh indie outfit swim school continue their upward trajectory with the thrashing vulnerability of new single, anyway and the announcement of their eagerly anticipated debut EP, making sense of it all, out Friday 13th August.
Riding high on a wave of acclaim which follows previous singles outside and let me inside your head, the four-pieces youthful blend of fuzzy, anthemic grunge and the catchy, hook-fuelled haze of dream-pop has seen them announced for 2021s Latitude Festival, perform live sets for The Great Escape and BBC Introducing, tipped by key tastemaker titles CLASH, The Line of Best Fit, DORK, LOCK Magazine and Euphoria Magazine and placed on major Spotify playlists including New Music Friday UK, Hot New Bands, Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: Rock, todays Indie Rock and more.
On new single anyway - vocalist Alice Johnson continues to explore the insecurities and vulnerabilities which trouble an entire generation. Candidly exploring the difficulties of opening up on your emotions during a time of poor mental-health, swim schools open and honest lyricism sees them mature as quickly as their sound.
"To maintain a healthy mental state, we are advised to talk to others about how we feel, but that can be easier said than done as certain people might not feel confident in opening up." tells Alice. "For the lyrics in "anyway" I wanted to highlight how it may be difficult for people to simply open up to others. Its challenging to try to explain an unexplainable feeling to someone and expect them to understand what they are going through when they dont even understand it themselves.
The chaos of imagery in the first 4 lines of the chorus that is then followed up by the lyrics "you never notice it anyway" expresses that even though they are trying to explain what they are going through; they feel like the person listening doesnt care nor notices. As mental illness is an invisible illness, it is easy to feel that others dont care about your mental state when the case may be, they havent even noticed."
Likened to names including Wolf Alice, Foals and Dream Wife, whom they sit as comfortably amongst as they do Smashing Pumpkins and Ride; 2021 is proving to be a monumental year for swim school.
Detailing their debut EP making sense of it all, which will feature five-tracks – including anyway and the previously acclaimed outside & let me inside your head, Alice explains: "Each track on the EP is based on an event that Ive experienced in the last year and the effect it had on my own mental state and also the mental state of everyone who was involved.
The title "making sense of it all" is the perfect way to express the common feeling that runs throughout the E.P. . Theres sad, happy and angry songs, each expressing how it feels to try and understand how you are feeling in hard situations"
Recently joined by new drummer Billy McMahon, swim schools ability to absorb influence from a wide range of genres; from 90s grunge to modern indie and dream-pop places finds the band defining themselves as one of recent years most exciting additions to indie. Freshly announced for 2021 performances at Latitude Festival, Twisterella and a headline show at Glasgows King Tuts they look on track to become one of this years most exciting breakthrough artists.
swim schools debut EP - making sense of it all will be released via all digital platforms on Friday 13th August.
swim school are:
Alice Johnson - vocals & guitar
Billy McMahon - drums
Lewis Bunting - guitar
Matt Mitchell - bass
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