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Swim School

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The last year has changed everyone, and everything. 

And so it is for Edinburgh’s swim school who emerged fitter and stronger into 2021 with their singles Let Me Inside Your Head and Outside, two powerful and urgent songs that thrilled existing fans and won them many more. 

“let me inside your head” is a beautiful track, from its sound to its lyrics. It has that 90s grunge rock sound, and with honest, personal lyrics to match,

Buzzkill Magazine

While many artists threw everything at the wall to stay visible during lockdown, swim school looked inwards and to the future. “We knew things weren’t going to be the same again” says singer Alice Johnson “and we couldn’t, and didn’t want to, come out of it the quite the same band.”

The addition of new drummer Billy McMahon, an acute observation of the turbulent world around them and a commitment to developing their craft means that 2021 finds a more lyrically direct and muscular sounding swim school than before and sits as comfortable alongside Ride or Smashing Pumpkins as it does Foals or Wolf Alice.

Their sound is an amazing combination of indie music from past and present, their sound is the perfect mix of bands like The Cure, Slowdive, Foals & Wolf Alice.

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With a BBC Introducing session under their belts already this year, their debut EP scheduled for August (just ahead of a headline show at the iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut) and festival appearances the length and breadth of the country, 2021 is shaping up to be a breakthrough one for swim school.