Edinburgh band swim school return with yet another uber cool indie rock track drenched in shoegaze vibes and sleek riffs. ‘anyway‘ is another dream-pop track with Wolf Alice, Foals and Dream Wife energy that places it self as yet another stepping stone for this bands path to the top.
What a year swim school are having, a string of stunning singles a slot at Latitude festival secured and heaps of press praise, their sound could easily become the the sound of the alternative summer. Their latest release ‘anyway’ continues with their signature grunge-pop sound. That rumbling fuzz base forms a perfect canvas for singer Alice Johnson’s tender vocals to kick thing of as guitars play underneath before new drummer Billy McMahon hits the switch. Packed with fuzzy riffs and addictive hooks ‘anyway’ is swim school doing what they do best, blasting anthemic indie rock that oozes cool and is draped in stylish tones.
There is a certain fragility to the sound beneath it’s strong aura that stems from its lyrical content, touching on mental health and insecurities as Alice explained, “To maintain a healthy mental state, we are advised to talk to others about how we feel, but that can be easier said than done as certain people might not feel confident in opening up.” tells Alice. “For the lyrics in “anyway” I wanted to highlight how it may be difficult for people to simply open up to others. It’s challenging to try to explain an unexplainable feeling to someone and expect them to understand what they are going through when they don’t even understand it themselves. The chaos of imagery in the first 4 lines of the chorus that is then followed up by the lyrics “you never notice it anyway” expresses that even though they are trying to explain what they are going through; they feel like the person listening doesn’t care nor notices. As mental illness is an invisible illness, it is easy to feel that others don’t care about your mental state when the case may be, they haven’t even noticed.”
‘Anyway‘ is out today (Friday 25th June), and firmly cements swimschool as one of the most exciting rising stars in British alternative scene right now so you need to check them out live at Latitude Festival, Twisterella or their headline show at Glasgow’s King Tuts. In the meantime check out the track bellow: