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“Fast and intense, clever wordplay, brashness, wry sense of humour and musical chops…”
– Louder Than War
“The nation is in desperate need of some socially aware, guitar-driven music right now and Swine Tax are leading the way” – The Line of Best Fit
“Blistering guitars with great, great songs, strong arrangements and bags of attitude”
– Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
Newcastle quartet Swine Tax return with the announcement of their thrilling new single ‘Relax‘. After witnessing the band perform an intense live set in Sunderland last year, Barry Hyde (The Futureheads) approached Swine Tax to produce their music in the studio. ‘Relax’ is the first track to emerge from these fruitful recording sessions – one that sees the band further sharpen their agitated, hook-driven rock sound. Propelled by a throbbing bass groove and a heavy punk beat, ‘Relax’ details the heady excitement of a night on the town.
Speaking on the single, the band said: “Relax is an ode to Newcastle’s primal club scene. It’s like a warped dance track, combining a speaker-shaking beat with a bittersweet pop chorus. It’s the intoxicated internal monologue of a big night out – the dancing, flirting, chest-crushing bass, rushes of blood, heightened senses, cutting loose and coming undone.”
Formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, Swine Tax is the creative voice of Vince (lead vocals and guitar), TK (bass), Charlie (drums) and Euan (synth and guitar). A close-knit group with a strong musical chemistry, the band continues to hone an acerbic rock sound that takes cues from both UK post-punk and US garage rock. Swine Tax are often noted for their animated spoken-sung vocals, sharp songwriting and wry social commentary. Well-known up north for their independent ethos, the band have immersed themselves in their home city’s thriving DIY culture and continue to gain a reputation for cacophonous and adrenaline-fuelled live shows.
Over the last two years Swine Tax have performed at several UK festivals and embarked upon a European tour that culminated with a performance at Motel Mozaique festival, Rotterdam. Similarly, late-2019 saw the band play a number of shows alongside BODEGA, The Futureheads, Working Men’s Club, Sorry, Pip Blom and Fontaines D.C to name a few. The band has also released several critically acclaimed singles and earned plaudits from influential figures such as BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson.
With various festival appearances and a UK tour curtailed in light of the global pandemic, Swine Tax will look to pick up where they left off with rescheduled tour dates in 2021. Chosen as one of BBC Introducing NE’s top tips for 2020, and with an eagerly-anticipated debut EP in the making, Swine Tax show no signs of slowing down.
Swine Tax’s ‘Relax‘ is out Wednesday 4 November and will be available on all streaming services.