It’s the age of an indie revolution and bands like The 1975, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Peace are kicking up a storm. Swim Deep is another of those bands; one of the many who have managed to find success in cultivating a thriving fanbase and signing to a major label. Sounds of the 90’s bleed influence through the material of a lot of bands fronting this indie rock/pop subgenre, and Swim Deep’s forthcoming second album Mothers is no exception to that.
The band’s debut album, Where The Heaven Are We, only saw its release two years ago, so one immediate thought is that this album has the potential to be a little rushed. Every band fears the sophomore slump, hoping that they can craft a second record to live up to the impact that their first made, so it’s somewhat concerning when a band doesn’t take the time to make sure everything is perfected. Fortunately for Swim Deep, they seem to know exactly what they’re doing — so from the very first note of ‘One Great Song and I Could Change The World‘, fans can be absolutely certain.
Hailing from Birmingham and so at the forefront of the B-Town scene, Swim Deep are no doubt inspired by their hometown and the incredible artists it has produced over the years, such as Duran Duran and Fine Young Cannibals. Second track ‘To My Brother‘ has a dream pop feel to it, and features some instrumentals that are truly second to none, while ‘Green Conduit‘ is a stunning acoustic track that allows vocalist, Austin Williams, to show off his skills before an in-your-face conclusion.
‘Namaste‘ is bright and poppy, and from then on it’s clear that the diversity Swim Deep show in their styles in no accident. The band have a versatility that a lot of artists surely envy, and thanks to that there’s a track for every mood you could possibly find yourself in on Mothers.
As the album heads to its finish, listeners are treated to tracks like the incredibly quaint and well performed ‘Forever Spaceman‘ that sounds like it’s straight out of a sci-fi flick, and ‘Grand Affection‘ which would honestly be at home on the soundtrack of Miami Vice. The vintage feel might not be exactly unique with the amount of bands attempting a revival these days, but the way Swim Deep carry it out is, so they deserve kudos for that.
The record finishes on ‘Fueiho Boogie‘, and the title definitely speaks for itself. Within the first 30 seconds, Swim Deep prove that they’re going out with one almighty bang, making this track one of the most memorable throughout the entirety of Mothers. There’s a bit of Blur, a bit of Oasis, a bit of The Stone Roses and a whole lot of Swim Deep infused into this song, and as it draws to a close there will no longer be any doubt that this band has produced anything less than a stellar second album.