NEW SINGLE : SWIM SCHOOL return with first new music of 2022 ‘Kill You’, out now via LAB Records – live at London’s Omeara (w/Daisy Brain), 12 December

Credit: Rory Barnes




“swim school’s luminous indie-pop touches on imperfect romance, trauma, and vulnerability, and trying to navigate it all” – NME

“swim school might be the new kids on the indie block, but there’s no stopping their trajectory”  – The Line of Best Fit

“This is the kind of band you need to see live and we cannot wait to watch them when normality returns” – Clash

“Using their own words, this EP is truly “everything we wanted” from a rock band that is destined to become so much more.” – Dork

Today, hotly-tipped Edinburgh indie-rock outfit make their anticipated return with the new single ‘Kill You’, their first new music since 2021’s acclaimed debut EP making sense of it all, and first release for LAB Records.

A year on the road has pulled Alice Johnson (vocals/guitar), Lewis Bunting (bass) and Billy McMahon (drums) closer than ever, with their resulting new music showcasing the band at their very best. 

Recorded with Iain Berryman (Wolf Alice, Florence and the Machine, Beabadoobee) at London’s Narcissus Studios, ‘Kill You’ presents a different kind of vulnerability for frontwoman Alice. Where ‘making sense of it all’ explored her difficulties with mental health, ‘Kill You’ is a love song as hooking as it is evocative.

“Kill You is about being in love and wanting to spend the rest of your life with someone,” tells Alice. “It’s about the confidence you feel when you are in a good relationship and you feel comfortable enough to show your true self. I didn’t want it to be your stereotypical love song, which is why I chose the title ‘Kill You’, it’s funny feeling vulnerable whilst writing a song about vulnerability.”

This year has seen swim school solidify their reputation as one of the UK’s hottest rising live talents. From packed out festival performances at The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Standon Calling, Tramlines, Truck, 100 Above and Boardmasters to riotous sold out hometown headlines at Sneaky Pete’s, the band round off 2022 primed and ready to enter the new year as Scotland’s most exciting new talents.

swim school live dates:

17 November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ daisy brain)

18 November – Junction, Plymouth (w/ daisy brain)

20 November – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth (w/ daisy brain)

22 November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ daisy brain)

23 November – Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/ daisy brain)

12 December – Omeara, London (w/ daisy brain)

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