Middlesbrough band SWEARS are gearing up to release their new single so Lee Allcock caught up with the alternative rockers to find out more.
Firstly, thank you for actually sending over a press kit to go with your latest release (it makes things a lot easier). For those bands and artists out there who are unsure of what to include in a press kit, can you provide them with some advice?
Basically, just write a little bit about the formation of the band, the people in the band and anything that makes the band interesting such as a list of all the things that you have accomplished and are proud of as a band. It’s also important to mention what you have coming up i.e. new music and gigs, links to all your social media/Spotify/music and a couple of high-res photos for publication.
You’re well known in the North East for your fuzzy, alternative rock sound, but what artists are you influenced by and why?
In terms of music, we’re just writing what we think sounds good but it stems from our collective love for the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Fidlar, Turbowolf, Demob Happy, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Badbadnotgood, OutKast, Metz, and Bass Drum of Death. Lyrically, it tends to be whatever is on our mind at the time combined with the mood of the song. So far, we’ve released one song about political divisions, one about paranoid delusions of grandeur, another on a post-apocalyptic rock-show in a nuclear bunker, and one about colonialism.
Your new single, and your fifth in total, is called ‘Subliminal’. So what’s it about?
Our fifth single, ‘Subliminal’, will be released on Friday 8th February. ‘Subliminal’ was recorded at Prospect Studios, tracked, mixed and mastered by Ed Hall (of AllSilk Mastering House), and is about the way in which we absorb attitudes and opinions from an invasive, all-pervasive media which reaches into our lives, distorting our image of ourselves and those around us.
What was it like recording the track at Prospect Studios? And why did you choose to record it there?
Last summer, we recorded a live session for Black Square Sessions which is going to be available on Amazon Prime video soon. Through that, we met Ed Hall who is a total babe and was recording the audio for that session. He liked us and he was interested in recording us – and we liked how he made us sound on the live recording. We chose to record at Prospect as the room we use is fantastic: you can get a great drum sound from it, the lads that work there are sound and there’s an unlimited amount of fresh pots.
And finally, what else do you have planned for 2019?
Loads more gigs, more music, the release of physical forms of music and trying not to die.
For further information about SWEARS and their new single, head to Facebook.com/swearsbanduk.