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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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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.

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A strong contender for 2018’s fastest rising newcomer, it would be fair to say Amsterdam-native Pip Blom is having a very good year. Pip’s supported the likes of The Breeders & Franz Ferdinand, garnered radio plays and playlists from every station in the land, and generally made some utterly wonderful records.  As we all await the hotly anticipated debut album, Pip continues to tease with next months release of another EP, Paycheck.

This week Pip has shared the latest track from the EP, in the shape of Come Home. Quite possibly her darkest and most angular-release to date, the track builds around twangy-guitars and rumbling bass, before an almost Radiohead-like drum beat adds some winning propulsion. It’s a track that bristles with tension, Pip’s voice, fuzzy, at times engulfed in the music as she seems to dissect a failing relationship, “I’ve tried hard to keep a distance, not to get too much involved, think that you’re indecisive, I know I have had enough”. It’s a different Pip Blom, a darker, arguably less accessible version than we’ve heard on record before, and she sounds all the more intriguing for it.

Paycheck EPis out October 5th via Nice Swan Records

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Alex Rice, is the frontman of the band Sports Team Sports Team’s live shows speak for themselves. Over the past year, whispers of their performances and the absolute imperative of needing to see Rice and his fellow mischief makers in the flesh have spread like a wildfire – one reminiscent of the sort of word-by-mouth that carried stories of the spectacles put on by Fat White Family or, more recently, Shame.

The band are a compelling live proposition, majestically coordinated yet slightly unhinged, with Rice’s performance elevated by an expressionless, mute key player. As for the music – so far one EP released in January, a year or so after their first London shows – think of the following: a potpourri of the famed dry wit of Stephen Malkmus; Haircut 100 without the brass instruments; a lottery ticket love child of the harmonic and songwriting abilities of Paul Heaton and Jarvis Cocker. Needless to say, Sports Team are in the mold of a gold-medal winner.


The six-piece met when studying at Cambridge University a few years ago and don’t feel any shame in saying so. The scene in the university town was a strange one; devoid of regular gig nights, the group initially started out playing flat parties and university balls – sometimes finding themselves at the 6AM arse-end of bills that may have included Nero, Loyle Carner and Pendulum earlier in the night. Because their mates largely didn’t want to hear guitar music, Sports Team needed to bring something different. “We would make the show gag-heavy, tell a lot of jokes, dress quite stupid, have a lot of fake guitar solos or fights on stage,” Rice says,

The line-up back then was different. Members jostled for position; at one point they had four lead guitarists. It was, all in all, “a fucking shambles” according to bassist Oli Dewdney. But all six members loved what they were doing and post-university continued to make music in London, using a house that three of them rent in Harlesden as a base. “I don’t think any of us thought we were that great,” remembers Rice, going on to say how things kicked up a gear for them when they were scouted by a management company who convinced them to take things seriously and practice.

A year and several shows later and Sports Team caught the attention of Dave McCracken (Ian Brown, Depeche Mode, Florence & The Machine) who came on board to produce their debut EP Winter Nets. The record is enchanting, equal measures debauched and poetic – it sounds unlike anything you’ll have heard from a British band in years. “Camel Crew” has a little bit of The Pale Fountains about it, if The Pale Fountains ever wrote a chorus that packed a punch. Rice rolls his syllables on “Back to The Point” like a young Heaton pogoing around the microphone in his Housemartins era. These references might make the whole thing seem retrograde but Sports Team take from these influences and assimilate them into an overall new sound, placing them firmly in the Here and Now and as one of less than a finger-full of British bands doing something genuinely interesting.

Take lead single “Beverly Rose” and its video, which we’re premiering above. Shot in and around their Harlesden house, more than anything it’s just really fucking entertaining. Use your eyes and learn about that in full but know this: it includes a bath, the luxurious juice of a fried egg being squeezed from its previous casing and onto a plate and dance moves better than anything you’ve seen on Eurovision. It’s the element of intoxicating excitement, as songwriter Rob Knaggs will attest, that is what the band are all about. “There’s no money in guitar music,” he says. “The press isn’t really looking at it.


Actually… It was quite funny, there was a recent piece where they called us ‘glam-theatrical,’ which we’re absolutely not, then tried to categorise us alongside this south London scene… saying ‘they hate their surroundings.’ Really? It’s the antithesis to lots of the miserable Fall knock-off stuff that’s going around at the moment, right?”

Debut EP ‘Winter Nets’ Coming Early 2018 | Nice Swan Records

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Amsterdam-based Pip Blom has announced details of her new single, ‘Babies Are a Lie’, the first song on a AA single to be released via Nice Swan Records on 16th October.

Since first airing her angst-ridden brand of lo-fi indie last year, Pip Blom hasn’t been one to hang around. Four singles released in quick succession introduced her music to listeners far wider than her native Netherlands, with airplay across the likes of American radio station KCRW, BBC Radio One and 6 Music ensuring songs Pip had simply uploaded to the Internet hit hundreds of thousands of streams.


Pip Blom is more than just an underground interest. The effortlessly catchy chorus, even dares to repeat the line, “don’t you want to get it out of my head”, as if something that hook-laden was even possible to shift. With UK dates coming up in October, we should probably get used to Pip Blom never standing still.