As if there hasn't already been enough excitement, now this. A video for "Jump". It's homemade you know.
In these turbulent times, it's only right that The Swaps have been brought in to make everything better. Hear them all this week on the Georgey Show, broadcast to all of the BBC's regional stations between 7-10 every evening. We're band of the week, you see. https://www.facebook.com/BBCGeorgeyTonight
Because The Swaps are playing in Harrogate next Friday and Leeds next Saturday (9 and 10 June). See Live for details. Most people in Yorkshire will be coming to both gigs, but it's perfectly fine to just come to one.
Beth and James are moonlighting as "Isgar" along with synth maestro Howard this Bank Holiday weekend. They're supporting Erasure in Glasgow, Manchester and London. True story. Then on the weekend of 9/10 June they rejoin The Swaps for gigs in Harrogate and Leeds. Then Kineton Festival. Then Upton. Do keep up.
"Yeah but guys," everyone seems to be saying, "what's going on with The Swaps". Well, we're practicing hard(ish) for our tour of Yorkshire and summer festivals. But also James is practicing for his solo gig at Wildes on May 12. He'll be singing Swaps songs and stuff the other Swaps won't let him play. There may or may not be special guests involved. Shanade will also be playing with at least some of her band. Oh yeah, and then Beth and James (and Howard) are touring Glasgow, Manchester and London at end of May, but that's a whole other story.
For extraordinary insight into the creative process and some entirely competent renditions of four of our poppermost hits, have a listen to the session and interview we did for BBC C&W: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04vjk31. In the unlikely event that you don't want to listen to the whole two-hour show, you can skip to 00:15:20 for the real juice
Swaps fans, of whom you may well be one, face an agonising choice this Saturday. Do they stay in and listen to the Swaps playing and talking on the Radio (BBC Cov and Warks, 8-10 p.m.), or do they go to the Zephyr to hear them absolutely smash it (about 10 p.m.). It's tough, but wise heads are advising going down the Zephyr to hear not only The Swaps, but also a collection of Leamington's other legends (Shanade, Satsangi, Grassroutes, DNZ - TICKETS HERE or on the door). And then listen to the radio show on catch-up.
Of course: catch up. Thank the lord.
People want to know what's going on. It's this:
The Swaps are BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's band of the month for March. We're going in to record an acoustic session and interview for them on Tuesday. To be broadcast soon, one would imagine. And they're playing lots of our records on Saturday evenings. Yes please.
Also Tues 7 March - James doing some solo stuff at Wildes, Leamington along with other songwriters. You're very welcome.
Saturday 18 March - The Swaps play at the Spring Fever gig at the Zephyr in Leamington along with other local superstars. £5 TICKETS HERE!
Thursday 30 March - The Swaps play a full gig at the Punchbowl in Warwick. Kerpow.
The summer - Gigs in Harrogate, Leeds, Kineton and Leamington in June. Upton Blues festival on Sunday 23 July. Probably other stuff. Details as they emerge at LIVE
There is to be a great gathering of the musical clans of Leamington Spa on Saturday 18 March at ye olde Zephyr Lounge. Local stars such as Shanade "Shanade" Morrow, Grassroutes and Satsangi will be joining The Swaps to make you smile and vibrate. And it will literally only cost you a fiver. Quick, get a ticket here
The Swaps have been ferociously busy.
1. Two Leamington gigs in the offing:
- Townhouse on FRIDAY 24 Feburary at 9 p.m. (rescheduled from the Saturday)
- Zephyr Lounge on Sat 18 March, part of a stellar line up of Leamington's greatest artistes (LIVE details)
2. Our new single "Jump" is available to listen to and even purchase on Bandcamp, and will also be clogging up Spotify, iTunes etc. In fact we've just given it a jolly good review on iTunes.
3. We sold out of our original EP, MissSold, a while ago, but have ordered our butlers to manufacture more, so that's available again too - at gigs or Bandcamp.
The future: Radio session coming up next month, various summer festivals to announce, new hats for several band members. It's going to be quite a year.