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Saturday 09 October 2021

Newcomers Swim School Set To Float Your Indie Boat When They Play Komedia Brighton This Month

Like all great bands, Swim School – who recently released their debut EP making sense of it all - are musical magpies.
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Absorbing influences from across genres, time and a wide swath of artists and turning them into something entirely their own. 

On making sense of it all, those influences represent themselves in a youthful blend of fuzzy, anthemic grunge and the catchy, hook-fuelled haze of dream-pop.

Across five tracks, including new single anyway and the acclaimed outside & let me inside your head the band's lyricism matures as rapidly as their sound. 

Frontwoman Alice Johnson reflects upon the difficulties she has faced over the past year, candidly exploring the difficulties and sacrifices which come with a period of poor mental health. 

swim school - outside

Speaking on making sense of it all, Alice elaborates: 

"Each track on the EP is based on an event that I've 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 EP. 

"There's sad, happy and angry songs, each expressing how it feels to try and understand how you are feeling in hard situations."

Likened to names including Wolf Alice, Foals and Dream Wife, whom they sit as comfortably amongst as they do Smashing Pumpkins and Ride; it's proving to be a monumental year for swim school.

The release of making sense of it all on 20th August preceded a run of live dates, that will see the band stop off at Komedia Brighton on 22nd October 2021. 

by: Mike Cobley




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