Formed in 2012, London quintet Swim Good deal in alt-rock, good vibes and fun times - their debut self-titled EP is out now on Failure By Design Records and is streaming exclusively with Ourzone Magazine here. They head out for a UK tour with friends Massmatiks this June, see below for full dates.
The band have already hit the ground running, racking up more shows in a few months than most do in a few years and sharing stages with the likes of Don Broco, Blitz Kids, Hildamay, Arcane Roots, This Town Needs Guns and more.
"It all got to a point recently where we had to reel it back in and sort of take a breather" explains bassist Curtis Sharkey "We all had various things in our professional and personal lives to sort out before we could put as much into the band as we wanted to."
Fast forward a year or so and they were approached by Failure By Design Records, who had heard the debut EP and were eager to release it as soon as possible.
"We'd sent a few demos back and forth to one another at this point, and [I] could definitely sense everyone was getting itchy fingers." explains guitarist Dan Twining, of the moment they finally came to their senses and got the band back on track.
"Above all, getting together again re-affirmed what Swim Good was supposed to be about in the first place; friends playing music for friends" adds Curtis "Rather than focusing on trying to be a huge band and making a living out of playing our music, we're just enjoying the song writing and playing together live together more than ever - which I think comes across in our energy on stage."
Recorded with producer Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots), the band recently returned to the live scene and embarked on a whistle-stop co-headline tour of the UK with Yearbook in support of the release of their debut. With the EP already garnering support from Kerrang! Radio's unsigned show and BBC Introducing, important eyes are beginning to swivel onto what's to come next.
Swim Good are:
Ryan Greaves - vocals
Daniel Twining - guitar and vocals
Joe Haeger - drums
Curtis Sharkey - bass
June UK Tour Dates:
Fri 20th - Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Sat 21st - Camden, Barfly
Sun 22nd - Hastings, The Union Bar
Mon 23rd - Guildford, The Star
Wed 25th - Oxford, Purple Turtle
Thurs 26th - Southampton, Avondale house
Sat 28th - Luton, SU
Sun 29th - Basingstoke, Sanctuary
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