SWIMM – ‘Speak Politely’

SWIMM – ‘Speak Politely’

East LA’s favourite duo, SWIMM, continued down their “sultry new creative path” with  ‘Speak Politely’ the second single from their highly-anticipated debut full-length, ‘Sentimental Porno’ and comes just ahead of the band’s quick trip to New York this week to play Three’s Brewery in Brooklyn on Friday night (7/21) and Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on Saturday (7/22).

Hailing from the Space Coast region of Florida, Chris Hess (vocals and guitar) and Adam Winn (percussion and harmonica) released their first EP ‘–Feel–‘ in 2013. The following year, the two moved to Los Angeles in one of the most important moves of their life and began work on what would become their 2015 release, the ‘Beverly Hells’ EP on 24West Records which garnered lots more attention.

‘Speak Politely’ follows ‘First Time’, the band’s most recent release and first single from ‘Sentimental Porno’, was featured on Spotify’s “New Indie Music” playlist and was hailed as a “bold new direction from the band as they begin to unlock more mature soundscapes” by Paste Magazine.

As soon as the new single’s reaches first chorus the opening strides reveal a more evolved sound with extra dimensions, fed by band’s collective new surroundings. The city of Los Angeles is deeply woven into SWIMM’s story. “Since relocating to LA, both the beautiful, open-minded side of the city and it’s sometimes vapid plasticity have served as muses for the band’s music. In its creative community, SWIMM’s Chris Hess and Adam Winn have found a family that has propelled them to push the artistic envelope at each turn in their story.”  This is good news, seemingly for the first time in ages I can heartily recommend a LA band in SWIMMM, for too long that city represented the most plastic throw away pop and not in the good way, so the band come around even more cherished.

So I lament that headwear fashion as such, results in this adage to be diminished, but I doff my hat to the duo, urge you to have a listen to ‘Speak Politely’ another healthy vibrant single and it’s not even Christmas. 8.3/10

Steve Janes

“Speak Politely” now on Soundcloud or Spotify.


Tour Dates:

7/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Three’s Brewing

7/22 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

7/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom

9/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Social***

9/15 – Indialantic, FL @ Monkey Bar

9/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits***

*** with Warpaint

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SWIMM – ‘Speak Politely’