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Swimming – Sun in the Island

March 16, 2011 by  

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Swimming – Sun in the Island

NAME: Swimming
SINGLE: Sun in the Island
DATE: 7March2011

LABEL: EVR Records

RATING: 4/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Interstellar rock-dance fusion – nice.

LOCATION: Nottingham, UK

LINE UP: John Sampson, Peter Sampson, Blake Pearson, Andrew Wright, Jonathon Spittlehouse.

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: At first, you think Swimming have some kind of Crystal Castles/upbeat Lemon Jelly thing going on; it’s all very other-worldly. That is until the guitar kicks in, at least. While they suffer from that whole Americanised singing ethic, it’s catchy. It works.

The chorus fades out, working with a basic synth beat and soprano backing vocals that make you think it’s going to be like an awful Innerpartysystem song from a year or two ago (something the lyrics are memorable of, albeit a lot less detestable). Yeah, then that aforementioned guitar pulls you into a whole different experience. It’s powerful, catchy and corners a nice little niche in the dance-rock fusion genre.

The backing vocals are a little off, as is the frankly poor synth drum beat they employ as a transition from the chorus to the verse. Still, the strong riffs and emotive performance make you sit up and listen.

Swimming could go far with this approach. It’s a unique direction and they could corner a nice little piece of the market.

SOUNDS LIKE: If a song from Bejeweled went to a rock gig.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You want to be the first of your friends to go “Ooh! Ooh! I remember hearing this song AAAAGES ago, back when no-one knew about them. Yeah, March 2011. I’m totally not lying! I know, ages ago, right? Yeah, I was there.”

LINK: http://www.swimmingband.com/


Submitted By Matt Gardner


 

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