Newcastle indie rock band, Swine Tax, has released their fourth single of 2017 titled ‘Feels Like’ so Nathan Douthwaite caught up with frontman, Vince Lisle, to discuss the release and the inspiration behind the song.
So, contextually, what’s your new single, ‘Feels Like’, about?
‘Feels Like’ is about falling hopelessly in love with someone you’ve only known for a short time. The lyrics express the vulnerability and lust involved in the early stages of any romance, as well as the thrill of feeling an entirely new sensation or emotion.
Was there a particular inspiration behind this track?
Musically the track is definitely more playful and brighter in mood than some of our earlier singles. ‘Feels Like’ also has more of an organic vibe to it as we concertedly sought to recreate our intense and willfully unpredictable live sound. That said, I feel our primary musical influences remain the same as ever: great 90s indie rock bands such as Pavement, Modest Mouse and Pixies, but also artists such as the The National, Elliott Smith and Elvis whose poetic and emotive lyrics are a constant source of inspiration. Oh, and our drummer Charlie (Radford) is a huge punk music fan, so his relentlessly powerful drumming style contributes a great deal to our intense sound.
‘Feels Like’ is your fourth release so can we expect an album soon?
We recently released our ‘Empty Life’ EP in CD format, with very outlandish reflective artwork too I might add – it’s available now to purchase for £4 at our gigs. This EP features our three previous singles plus a wonderful remix of our song, ‘Chronic’, by local band What We Call Progress. In general, however, our current strategy is to release singles on a regular basis, every month or so, and then we intend to give our supporters the chance to decide which songs should be included on an EP or album retrospectively. This approach is partly due to our impatience and desire to get our music out into the world, but it also compliments our DIY ethos as we currently choose to write, record and mix all our music independently.
What about a tour? Are there plans to hit the road?
We’ve got a super busy schedule of gigs this autumn, but we’re mainly jaunting around our hometown of Newcastle as we try and establish ourselves as one of the most exciting, or irritating, live acts in the toon right now, depending on your musical taste. Either way, we’re billing it as ‘Difficult to Ignoretumn’. And, oh yeah, we’re really looking forward to playing Pop Recs Ltd in Sunderland on Friday 6th October! We’re good friends with some lads that work there and Sunderland’s Spark radio station have always been very lovely to us!
So what’s next musically?
We’re always messing about trying to explore new sonic and emotional territory in the process of creating a new track. Currently, we’re trying to incorporate sampled sounds and spoken word bits into our live performances. We also have a few unfinished songs which involve different instruments such as piano and various unusual percussion instruments. Those elements are hopefully going to take our sound somewhere new and interesting.
Will you be launching the single at an event?
You betcha. We’ve got an exciting night of live music planned on Saturday 7th October at Little Buildings, Newcastle. As well as ourselves, we will have a jangly, irresistibly catchy indie band by the name ofBlusheswho are coming all the way from Milton Keynes. We’ll also have much-talked about What We Call Progress with their intelligent Radiohead-esque vibes, and an exciting special guest too! See you there then!
Catch Swine Tax at their single launch on Saturday 7th October. Tickets are priced at just £4.00 on the door.