Swimming Tapes


Today sees the return of the Northern Ireland-born, London-based indie five-piece Swimming Tapes with the release of their brand new single Easy Strand, staying to their exciting Beach Boy harmonies mixed with delightful summer pop guitar sounds. The band have also announced their first nationwide tour playing London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Bristol. Matt Mead reviews the single for Louder Than War.

Having come across the band by chance on iTunes when they released one of the their first single’s from their Souvenirs EP, I was further delighted when the band released the Soft Sea Blue EP, both EP’s are stunning pieces of work, highlighting immaculate vocals from Louis Price and Robbie Reid, shimmering guitar work from Louis, Robbie and Jason Hawthorne, plus sturdy work from rhythm section Paddy Conn on bass and Andrew Evans on drums.

The band’s work to date has eclipsed many a new bands material, just on the maturity of the material released, their material so far evokes memories of a mixture of early Orange Juice, The Byrds and East Village. So as you might expect the new single keeps to this winning formula. Easy Strand starts with a wake you up sparking guitar riff, the band launching into a sit up straight super catchy chord structure, equally catchy chorus with a elasticated guitar solo with angelic like vocals that carries you away to hazy summer days, eating an egg cress sandwich whilst you gaze up at the late afternoon sunshine wearing shades, you get the picture here if you’ve heard the bands previous material. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!?!

Today also sees the band return to the live stage for an intimate one-off show supporting HAERTS at Paper Dress Vintage in Lon-don tonight.

Having spent the bulk of this year writing and recording, this Paper Dress Vintage show is the band’s first foray onto the live stage in some time and promises a set list of new material, offering a glimpse at what we can expect from their anticipated and soon-to-be-announced debut LP.

Tonight’s intimate support show will be followed by a short run of UK headline shows throughout November. Listings for all upcoming dates are as follows and tickets for all headline shows are on sale now.



Mon 17 Sep – Paper Dress Vintage, London (w/ HAERTS) *sold out*

Thu 15 Nov – Yes, Manchester (tickets)

Fri 16 Nov – SWG3 Poetry Club, Glasgow

Sun 18 Nov – Oporto, Leeds

Mon 19 Nov – Rough Trade, Bristol (tickets)

Tue 20 Nov – Moth Club, London (tickets)


You can find Swimming Tapes on BandcampiTunes, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.

More writing by Matt can be found at his Louder Than War’s author archive.

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Matt Mead first took to writing for Louder Than War after compiling Flowered Up - A Weekenders Tale which received rave reviews across the board. Since then Matt has picked up the writing mantel composing impassioned album and live reviews plus conducting insightful interviews with a mixed bag of artists. If it has meaning and soul to it, then Matt will write about it!


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