Friday 20th August marked the moment Swim School released their debut EP ‘Making sense of it all’. They have been a very visual beacon from the shore for a long time for a lot of music goers and this EP has been heavily anticipated on the back of the big hitting new singles; ‘Anyway’, ‘Outside’ and ‘Let me inside your head’ giving us fans huge indication of what this debut collection of tracks would look like.
Frontwomen, Alice Johnson, has provided an insight to ‘Making Sense of it all’ by saying “Each track on the EP is based on an event that I’ve experienced in the last year and the effect it had on my own mental state and also the mental state of everyone who was involved. The title ‘Making sense of it all’ is the perfect way to express the common feeling that runs throughout the EP . There’s sad, happy, and angry songs, each expressing how it feels to try and understand how you are feeling in hard situations.”
For those of you who haven’t heard of Swim School before, firstly which rock have you been living under! and secondly prepare yourself for anthemic grunge indie tracks filled with catchy lyrics that blend into a youthful haze. Swim School have been likened to bands such as Wolf Alice, Foals, and Dream Wife, in other words; relatable music which sounds amazing live!
The release of the EP precedes a run of forthcoming live dates, including headline shows at Glasgow’s King Tuts and Nottingham’s Bodega, and appearances at All Points East and Twisterella Festival – each assisting in defining swim school as one of indie’s most exciting breakthrough bands of recent years.
‘Let me inside your head’ provides a haunting and eerie start with a hazy atomistic feel. As one of the lead up singles to the EP it may already be inside the heads of all the Swim School fans, as the catchy lyrics and huge guitar riffs will have already invaded and settled within their self-conscious mind.
‘Anyway’ the next track and also another one of the singles released in preparation of the EP, shows off the ability of Swim School to adapt and provide a different style within their arsenal of music. It has a much more bubble pop indie tempo and texture to its style making a polished song which would easily find its way onto all radio stations.
‘Everything you wanted’ is a delicate absorbing record which draws you in by Alice’s vocal which blends so well with the soft tones of the instrumental performance, half way through the delicate nature is shattered like a baseball flying through a window as the texture of the song is picked up and given a rough feel. This texture is then picked right back up by Swim School with the next song and second known single of the EP, ‘See Red’ and ‘Everything you wanted’ adds so much to this collection of tracks, there’s always a worry of why have these tracks not been chosen to represent the EP but these songs aren’t records to skip to get to the more well known song these are tracks worthy of their place with the EP.
‘Outside’ ends the EP and if you're not convinced of how good Swim School are, you will be now. We here at Off the Hook Music completely believe this is the standout track on the EP and you will be left feeling happy they’ve taken the time to listen to this EP.
Written by Kess Anthony