Swimming Tapes formed when four friends - Louis Price, Robbie Reid, Paddy Conn and Jason Hawthorne - settled in London from Northern Ireland and met drummer Andrew Evans.
Drawing on a range of musical influences, from the effortless summer melodies of The Beach Boys to Wild Nothing’s dreamy, shoegazing hue through to the interweaving guitar work of Real Estate, the indie outfit formed the unmistakable sound of Swimming Tapes and self-released their debut single “Souvenirs” in March of 2016.
This marked the beginning of the journey: organic online support was immediate, as the Paddy Baird-produced track was given glowing write-ups by a slew of tastemaker sites such as The Line Of Best Fit and Indie Shuffle, pushing the debut effort to the top of the HypeMachine chart.
Swimming Tapes have always been at home on the live stage, with vocals split between the dulcet tones of left-hand-right-hand singing guitarists, Reid and Price soaring above Hawthorne’s glistening riffs, Conn’s sliding basslines and the relentless rhythms from Evans.
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