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With three releases under their belt, Hallan are growing in stature. The Portsmouth based four-piece mix frank social commentary and deadpan humour with cavernous, angular riffs, producing tracks that are honest and unique.

We’re proud to announce the release of our debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ via Nice Swan Records . A prologue chapter within the world we call Hallan, Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor introduces the 21st century to the Gumshoe Boy. The boy is always the man for the job. He’s the man on the inside. He’s the Agency’s number one frontman and he’s armed with a tape provided by an anonymous source. An undercover operative in a satirical, Orwellian world, Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor paints a semi-abstract but tangible image of the new decade, holding a mirror up to not only our modern society but our individual selves. The time is now right. From the corner of his bleak bedroom the boy plans his plan, and from the corner of ours we do the same. Our music is built on the overlaps of musical interests. We each enjoy our separate preferences however we have a shared passion for creating music replete with integrity and honesty.  These traits can be attributed to the bands that influence us the most.  Bands such as The Fall, The Clash and Fontaines D.C. continuously remind us to write without constricting ourselves to genres and outside pressures.  Classic songwriting is also something to take note of. Inside the Gumshoe Boy’s record collection you’ll often find Bob Dylan classics and one of George Harrisons solo albums.

Track Listing:1. Reruns2. Hands Up3. The White Boys4. Orwell’s Idyllic Future5. Television Show6. Prime Time Lullaby

Out 16th July 2021 on Nice Swan Records

And so we venture into Lockdown 2.0, a hard time for many and an especially hard time for local musicians. With no gigs or even anywhere to rehearse it’s a bleak and soul crushing time for us local bands who love the Portsmouth music community. We’ve been fortunate enough to release pre-recorded material over the first lockdown but there are some bands that will be less fortunate. We will always be a Portsmouth band.

Check out their earlier track one of my favourites: Fueled by the sounds of Sports Team to Joy Division, Hallan create their own take on post-punk using unique social commentary lyrics and chunky riffs. I guess the track could easily be seen as accusational but honestly that’s not the case. The track was written as a notice to myself primarily. The track is comprised of notes on self betterment and reminders to aspire to be more than my current self.  Other parts of the track draw from everyday observation and derives from Gumshoe Boy’s notes on the scene. He sits in the corner and sees the beauty in the reoccurrence of habit.

The 7″ vinyl record will feature our newest single Modern England alongside Yesterday (With Him) on the flipside. Limited to 100 copies so snatch one up whilst you can.

Liverpool four-piece Courting are set to follow up breakthrough singles ‘Football’, ‘David Byrne’s Badside’ and ‘Not Yr Man’ with a new EP via renowned indie label Nice Swan Records. ‘Popshop!’, a short, fast paced song, with lyrics offering wry bemusement about the commodification of music. They’re a blistering, fast-rising four-piece from Liverpool capable of taking on the world 

Sharp-witted frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill — who, remarkably, is still in college; the band are all 18 or 19-years-old offers his break down of the track:
“​Popshop” is about the music industry, the idea of selling out and consumerism. The name is derived from Keith Haring’s store of the same name, and the idea that it is positive for your art to be consumed by a larger audience rather than only seen as something for upper class art collectors or something to buy for its future resale value. We’re also poking fun at bands writing the same song over and over again, and wishing that we could sell our bathwater like Belle Delphine.”

The guitar-driven music underpinning the lyrics, meanwhile, benefits from the tightness you get when a band is living out of each other’s pockets. Just as adept at belligerently shreddy wig-outs reminiscent of Parquet Courts’ crankier bits as they are at ramming the hook home with an unforgettable riff – there’s a lot to endear to.

With their releases now becoming more substantial and their live reputation catching on through word of mouth, the future is looking even brighter for Liverpool’s most exciting new band. Courting, like Sports Team before them, are well on their way to the forefront of this new wave of Britpop and set to gatecrash the charts.

Courting are: Sean Murphy-O’Neill (Guitar/Vocals/Cowbell) Sean Thomas (Drums/Vocals)
Michael Downes (Guitar) Sam Brennan (Bass)

Their debut EP Grand National is out in 2021 via released on Nice Swan Records

Sprints are another band leading the charge of thrilling post-punk originating from Dublin. Led by frontwoman Karla Chubb, their ferocious brand of punk is packed with hooks and tonnes of attitude, while recent release Drones suggests they’re about to take a darker direction.

Dublin-based four piece, Sprints are the latest new act to emerge from the city fast becoming one of the most prolific places for hot new bands. Similarly with the recent success of other locals Fontaines DC, Girl Band & Silverbacks – Sprints are set to be the latest in line ready to burst out of the city.

Their creative process is very much rooted to the everyday goings on around them. And just like a true garage band, write and rehearse in their village home’s back garden shed. Taking things to the next level, they were quick to team up with Girl Band’s Daniel Fox who has been producing them in his studio. Drawing influence from the likes of Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem. There is a fun, energetic and retro feel to what they do. But very much sounding as fresh and exciting as their local peers.

Sprints’ singer Karla Chubb sounds like she’s about to give someone a black eye on thunderous anthem ‘The Cheek’ – this is venomous and versatile rock’n’roll. Much like their fellow Dubliners Girl Band and Silverbacks, Sprints are also fully committed to their craft through their blood, sweat and tears approach. ‘The Cheek’ attacks dated attitudes around sexuality while ‘Drones’ looks inwardly at feelings of imposter syndrome. The constant is that they continue to deliver pure and riveting statements, setting them well on course towards future raucous, beer-soaked headline festival sets.

They’re signed to Nice Swan Records, home to some other great bands Sports Team, Malady, Pip Blom, Courting and Hotel Lux. Great company indeed! Give me some Sprints tracks like “Drones”, “The Cheek”

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Liverpool four-piece Courting are part of a new wave of bands spearheading the Britpop revival. I’ll confess, I LOVE Courting, in fact, I am actually have a tee with their logo emblazoned on the front. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m probably supposed to be impartial, but these guys have real talent and they’re doing it the right way, whatever that is. Their last single, David Bryne’s Badside, was a and subsequently they made the 6 Music playlist, being championed heavily by Steve Lamacq. 

Previously four, Courting are now a five-piece from Liverpool signed to Nice Swan Records, describing themselves on Bandcamp as a Take That cover band. They’ve just announced an EP, Grand National, to be released in April. Like all music artists this year, they’ve suffered a severe lack of exposure due to covid restrictions, missing out on Glastonbury, but I feel once these guys get back on the road again they’ll be an unstoppable force.

Finalists in Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition 2020, the quartet draw influence from the likes of Parquet Courts, Pavement and LCD Soundsystem whilst maintaining a very British identity.

David Byrne’s Badside was released back in May to critical acclaim and sees the band taking the mick out of modern-day Britain with razor-sharp wit.

Speaking on the single, lead singer and guitarist Sean says: ‘David Byrne’s Badside has nothing to do with the Talking Heads frontman. It’s about class tourism and the casual racism that exists in Britain today. It’s a portrait of the type of person who votes UKIP and wants to close our borders yet promises they’re not a racist. The type of person who says to buy British yet owns a Porsche.

Courting…who are they? a blistering, fast-rising four-piece from Liverpool capable of taking on the world in the next 12 months. Their brand of tight but scrappy post-punk is reminiscent of Light Up Gold-era Parquet Courts but where they really shine is their unabashed, tongue-in-cheek lyricism that takes aim at the British way of life, delivered with a fun dose of self-deprecating humour by frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill.

Their debut EP Grand National is out in 2021 David Byrne’s Badside · Courting on Nice Swan Records Released on: 2020-05-15

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Portsmouth-via-London band Hotel Lux shared their debut EP “Barstool Preaching” via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, Fur). The five-track release spans slow-crawling, introspective rock (“Charades”), self-aware post-punk (“Loneliness of the Stage Performer”) and even jubilant organ-led guitar-pop (“Ballad of You & I”). There’s self-deprecating humour (“I scroll through pages upon pages on eBay to find the biggest ego and I beat the highest bidder”), stark frankness (“It’s just another day / Wasting our lives away”) and moments of clarity (“Sometimes I forget the people I meet are not the people for me / You see”). It’s also just a jolly good time with rollicking guitar lines and frontman Lewis Duffin’s cloak-and-dagger vocals.

Our ‘Barstool Preaching’ EP has landed! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. Thanks to Dave McCraken for producing the EP and being the referee during this process and thanks to all you lot for your continued support. Stream away here and let us know what you think. Onwards and upwards!.

The songs radiate youthfulness but Duffin’s precision-like lyrical scalpel ensures it maintains the mature, theatrical and visual edge that the earlier songs possessed and as a result, the songs now feel even bigger. Huge nights out and failed relationships feel almost mythic as the music maintains the sense that it’s on the edge of chaos, especially during opener “Tabloid Newspaper”, “Eddie’s Gaff” and “Loneliness of the Stage Performer”. It’s music to while away the night to, drinking, singing, dancing and only remembering parts of it in the morning.

There remain elements of those bands on the ‘London band’ playlist in the instrumentation and vocals, but other sounds leak through; Brit-pop pub staples such as Blur, Pulp but most notably The Libertines and Pete Doherty. “I always listen to Pete Doherty when I struggle for lyrics,” says Duffin. “He’s got everything, great lyrics, great melody and great hooks.”

The five-track EP culminates with “The Ballad of You & I”, an accomplished recounting of being dumped, filled with great lyrics, great melody and, you got it, great hooks. It rattles with the raw energy of those potent first releases; balancing it with the richness of blazing horns and organs oozing seaside nostalgia that build to the cathartic finale reminiscent of early Beirut or The National. Duffin sees “The Ballad of You & I” as the shape of things to come. “It’s definitely my favourite song on the EP,” explains Duffin, “and I think musically that is the sort of song that we would like Hotel Lux to be writing – that sort of vibe.”

The Last Hangman has just hit a million streams on Spotify!. Thanks to the people behind Peaky Blinders for choosing the track for the latest series of the show and to everyone who has followed us.

The Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub, having hosted earlier chroniclers of every-day London life such as Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys. It’s also where Hotel Lux shot their music video for 2017 break-out “The Last Hangman”, a song depicting the enigmatic 20th-century British hangman Albert Pierrepoint. Duffin still appears stunned by the synchronicity. “It was absolutely perfect. This pub was literally around the corner from our flat in Wapping and we were in there one day and we just noticed the noose. We said we have to film the video there.”

“The Last Hangman” is reflective of Hotel Lux’s other early releases “Envoi” and “Daddy” that caught attention; songs built on irresistibly mythic characters, most notoriously, the unsettling pedophilic character in “Daddy”. These grand sweeping tales are backed by swirling sounds that grow to a rousing chaos: Sam Coburn and Jake Sewell’s bluesy roots rock guitar lines ping and permeate, Cam Sims’ bass taunts and dominates and Craig Macvicar’s drums prance and trot before bursting into unsolicited gallops. When the jaunty keys and organ sounds reminiscent of The Doors and Dr. Feelgood get thrown in by Coburn, the music becomes almost mesmeric.

“The Last Hangman” and “Envoi” were crafted in Fareham, a market town just outside Portsmouth where they grew up. When asked how they all met, Duffin skips over his, Coburn & Macvicar’s first band Clues, insisting “they mostly tried to rip-off The Clash” and mentions they knew Sims from other bands playing in Portsmouth and Duffin knew Sewell from college.

Barstool Preaching’ EP out April 24th via Nice Swan Records.

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Portsmouth-via-London band Hotel Lux have shared their debut EP Barstool Preaching via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, Fur). The EP follows a series of singles over the past few years like “The Last Hangman,” “Berlin Wall” and “English Disease.”

The five-track release spans slow-crawling, introspective rock (“Charades”), self-aware post-punk (“Loneliness of the Stage Performer”) and even jubilant organ-led guitar-pop (“Ballad of You & I”). There’s self-deprecating humor (“I scroll through pages upon pages on eBay to find the biggest ego and I beat the highest bidder”), stark frankness (“It’s just another day / Wasting our lives away”) and moments of clarity (“Sometimes I forget the people I meet are not the people for me / You see”). It’s also just a jolly good time with rollicking guitar lines and frontman Lewis Duffin’s cloak-and-dagger vocals.

“It was good fun working on a release that’s a bit bigger than what we’ve done before,” Duffin says. “The tunes seemed to come in pairs when writing ‘em—we’d make a little playlist of 5-10 tunes as inspiration and go from there. The songs are more introspective lyrically than we’ve been in the past, more personal as opposed to stories so the EP has an air of vulnerability to it—to us at least.”.

‘It was good fun working on a release that’s a bit bigger than what we’ve done before. The tunes seemed to come in pairs when writing ‘em, we’d make a little playlist of 5-10 tunes as inspiration and go from there. The songs are more introspective lyrically than we’ve been in the past, more personal as opposed to stories, so the EP has an air of vulnerablility to it. To us at least.’

‘Barstool Preaching’ EP out April 24th via Nice Swan Records.

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Dublin-based five-piece Silverbacks have slowly been releasing songs throughout the last three years. This past May, they shared the utterly infectious “Pink Tide,” and in 2018 shared further two singles: “Just In The Band,” and “Dunkirk.” These plus 2017’s “Just For A Better View” were produced by fellow Dubliner and Girl Band’s bass player Daniel Fox.

Although they promised their debut album would be out by the end of this year, we still don’t have any news on that front yet. But Silverbacks are ready to share another single, and they’re doing so with another Fox collaboration called “Sirens.” This one proves just as irresistible as the other tracks, and in the way this one utilizes a propelling bass-line, it feels like a grittier take on the B-52’s deep-cut “Give Me Back My Man.” In theory, the use of three different guitars could be a bit overwhelming, however this seamless execution just proves that Silverbacks are focused and ready for bigger things.

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Silverbacks are so indebted to LCD Soundsystem that James Murphy just took their TV away. In fairness, the Irish band acknowledge their influences here, and even ask the band not to sue.

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Dublin’s Silverbacks have dropped their new single, ‘Sirens’, out via Nice Swan Records, with the limited edition AA 7″ dropping on January 31st 2020.

Produced by Girl Band basssist Daniel Fox, the lushly recorded propulsive rhythm section prompts a visceral response from the three guitarists who weave fuzz-laden riffs, and spindly post-punk riffs into the mix, while vocally switching from semi-spoken nonchalance to unabashedly catchy glam punk melodies.

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In ‘Sirens’, the narrator misses riots and important protests taking place in his city because he’s too preoccupied with writing the perfect soundtrack for what is happening,” says singer Daniel O’Kelly. “He’s equally distracted by his relationship issues, tennis, and his obsession with his favourite band.”

FUR – ” Angel Eyes “

Posted: February 22, 2019 in MUSIC
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Brighton quartet Fur have been delivering ’50s and ’60s-influenced pop songs with a sanguine sheen and toe-tapping beat for a few years now. They’ve released six singles to date and their self-titled debut EP is coming out on Feb. 14 via Nice Swan Records. Their recently highlighted their latest single, “Him & Her,” praising frontman Will Murray’s jaunty croon as well as the band’s rollicking guitars and infectious rosiness. Though retro pop and doo-wop are both at play here, their melodious songwriting could easily charm listeners from any decade.

Nice Swan Records, one of the country’s most exciting new labels and landing pad for early releases for the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom and Sweaty Palms, today announce their latest offering – ‘FUR’, the debut self titled EP from Brighton-based quartet FUR.
The EP, lead by the hook-laden ‘Angel Eyes’, is a collection of warm, nostalgia-inducing yet fresh sounding songs from a band truly coming into their own.

Out on 14th February 2019.

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Murray/Zwaig/Tav/Flynn

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Brighton-based Fur are not a new band. They’ve been around for a good three years, and their first three singles were viral hits. We, however, have only started paying attention to Murray, Harry, Tav, and Flynn this year, and just in time. On Valentine’s Day 2019, they will release their self-titled, debut EP via Nice Swan Records . If their initial singles were clues as to what to expect, we’ll be in for a jukebox treat.

The quartet are reviving classic rock, specifically the music of the ’50s and ’60s. Their songs would be perfect for Happy Days or maybe a future Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack numbers that get the hips wiggling and the toes tapping like “Angel Eyes” and “What Would I Do?“. If you dive a little deeper into their music catalogue, they also craft the perfect slow dance tunes (check out “If You Know That I’m Lonely”). Hmmm… maybe we’ll have to sign these guys for a house party one day.