Swimming Tapes / Announce UK Headline Tour, Debut Album Released This Friday
"Beautiful stuff... Love the guitars on that"
- Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music
“…a bit of respite from the doom and gloom”
- The Line of Best Fit
“sun-kissed…blissful…jangle pop that comes with a killer chorus”
“Swimming Tapes' music has a soft dynamism that expertly sews the fabric of reality with that of nostalgia” - The 405
“Production is sharp… the weaving melodies as woozy and tender as you might expect” - Dork
“Swimming Tapes’ debut shines with the lilting sounds of clean-toned guitar arpeggios and cooing vocal harmonies” - DIY
With their debut album, ‘Morningside’ out this Friday (24th May via Hand In Hive), Swimming Tapes have announced a UK headline tour for November 2019.
Kicking off in Belfast, in the band’s home-country, the tour will also take in Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham, and Manchester. The dates follow a recent city-festival run which saw Swimming Tapes play Hit The North and Live At Leeds over the May Bank Holiday weekend, and follows on from their biggest London headline show to date at Oslo last month. Marking the release of ‘Morningside’ Swimming Tapes will treat fans to an already sold out in-store performance at Flashback Records in Shoreditch on Thursday 30th May.
‘Morningside’ was recorded at Swimming Tapes’ favourite London studio: a tiny space tucked behind an old pub in Haggerston, East London, where the indie five-piece now reside. The studio is a regular haunt of the band’s long-time collaborator Paddy Baird, who produced and engineered this album, and is packed full of vintage equipment including a 1970’s SLS desk which gives ‘Morningside’ its sepia tones. In-keeping with their vintage approach, a good chunk of this album (drums, bass, and rhythm guitar) was recorded live in the round with the band layering vocals and additional guitar flourishes over the top. The record was then mixed at Wilco’s Chicago studio The Loft by Tom Schick (Real Estate, Iron & Wine). It’s a sound that’s simple to replicate on stage and lends a natural authenticity to their live show.
Current single, the lilting and upbeat ‘Keep Her Closer’ follows recent singles ‘Passing Ships’ and ‘Pyrenees’, with ‘Passing Ships’ in particular picking up numerous spins from 6 Music.
SWIMMING TAPES UK TOUR LISTINGS:
Thu 30 May - Flashback Records, Shoreditch (Instore Performance) **SOLD OUT**
Tue 25 Jun - Bush Hall, London (supporting Mt. Joy)
1-4 Aug - Neverworld Festival, Kent
Fri 1 Nov - Belfast, Voodoo
Sat 2 Nov - Glasgow, Hug & Pint
Sun 3 Nov - Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
Tue 5 Nov - Bristol, Louisiana
Thu 7 Nov - Nottingham, Bodega
Fri 8 Nov - Manchester, Soup Kitchen
Tickets for all headline shows are on sale from the official Swimming Tapes website from Friday 24th May.