Monday, 16 June 2014

New Irish Music - Go Swim, Animal E.P.

Go Swim, 'Animal'

Info: Listening to Go Swim's upcoming E.P., Animal, brought back a strange and delightful flood of memories for me of the dying days of recording songs off the radio onto cassette tapes from the likes of Dave Fanning's 8pm 2FM slot and especially Phantom FM in it's pirate days. Previous incarnations of Irish bands such as The Republic of Loose (Goldrush) along with acts such as Turn and Future Kings of Spain, but melded with their very own contemporary disco-infused sounds. Go Swim's music is infectiously upbeat with addictive hooks and riffs as well as rabble rousing harmonies between front-man Steven Smith and guitarist Julianne Shaw. 

While they have been compared to peers Foals and Two Door Cinema Club if I was to sum up how I hear their sound it would have to be as a mix of M83 and New York band The Drums, particularly on the beat-thumping 'Call Sign' (below) and the final track 'Off The Trail'. I couldn't agree more with The Irish Times' Jim Carroll who summarised their sound as "Shiny riffs and wowesome hooks'. Animal is an E.P. I'm already looking forward to getting my hands on and can see getting plenty of outings on upcoming hazy summer evenings with friends, when Go Swim release their full album down the road it should be prescribed to people who suffer from melancholy.

Go Swim's Animal E.P. will be relased on the 27th of June with a launch at White's Tavern in Belfast (tickets here and the band will also be supporting Kaiser Chiefs at FĂ©ile an Phobail in Belfast on the 8th of August. 

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