Rock n’ roll, beer, and the fast life- what could possibly be better? Not much according to Swan anyway. Swan is the brainchild of Matt Swan (or “Swanny”), the Australian rock n’ roller who cut his teeth as one-half of UK rock heavyweights Royal Blood as well as Australian based band The Swamps. Now ripping through a new solo career, Swan has just released the video for his debut single, the roaring “Sweat Baby Sweat”. An ode to late-night dance parties and letting the good times roll.
We had a chat with Swanny about the blood pumping video, the new music, playing at Margot Robbie’s wedding (yes), and what we can expect from Swan.
What a blast of a debut song. How did the concept of the music video come together?
I wanted to create a high octane video to match the energy of “Sweat Baby Sweat” and at the same time incorporate some of my favorite things I like to do to clear my head… Motorbikes and Jumping out of planes! I’m good friends with the guys at Byron skydive and when I approached the team with my idea they jumped at it. It was such a great experience, the cool thing is none of them had even heard the song until just before the jump when they rehearsed it on the ground to that ripping solo.
Where did you guys film it?
We filmed it all around and above the Byron area and a huge chunk of movie magic stuff on the ground at Byron skydive.
Have you worked with Clint (Gough) before this video?
Well, interesting question… Clint was introduced to me late last year by a mutual friend and we caught up to discuss another film project that we have in the pipeline. As we were going through some footage and talking music I showed him the demo to “Sweat Baby Sweat”. He heard the “Sweat Baby Sweat” hook in another part of the song and said this is your chorus. The vibe was great we spent the night in my home studio restructuring the song together and went on to track the vocals in Brisbane a couple of weeks later. So that was the first time we met and worked together. We’ve since become good mates and are continuing to collaborate on my next lot of material.
I have to ask- that’s really you jumping out of the plane and skydiving?
Swans are born to fly… But unfortunately, on this day I was grounded. The plan was for me to go up and dive with the team but we were squeezing so much into our shoot schedule that I had to film my other scenes whilst the boys and my stunt double were in the air.
This is the first sample of your upcoming solo work- what can we expect musically for your solo debut album? Is there a date or timeframe for a release?
I’m focusing on completing my EP this year, its a high energy fusion of Rock, Punk, Grunge, and Blues. Lyrically I’m aiming to deliver a positive message that listeners can connect with and at the same time showcase some more aggressive tones on one track that addresses a bit of my music backstory. So new music definitely over the next few months and maybe we can chat again about an album next year.
Will you be taking a break from The Swamps to do Swan full time?
Not any time soon, The Swamps keep the rock n roll fire burning in me!
How did you guys end up playing Margot Robbie’s wedding? I bet the food was amazing.
A friend of mine knows their family and put us forward. However, here’s what happened… I received an email titled “Family Reunion gig?” so I replied not knowing that I was actually talking to Margot Robbie’s good friend. They asked me if we could meet up in Byron or the Gold Coast to talk about this reunion gig. Turned out she was located on the Gold Coast and was easier for her to meet up there. So I stupidly palmed the meeting off to Matt Armitage as he lives up there. Little did I know that if I attended the meeting I would have spent the afternoon on the Gold Coast drinking cocktails with Margot herself. Armitage must have done something right as we got the gig, the wedding was amazing and she gave me a big hug and kiss at the end of the night to thank us. Ain’t complaining about that at all!
You wrote “Sweat Baby Sweat” over a beer- what’s your beer of choice to write great rock n’ roll songs?
Young Henry’s for me. An all-round great beer, amazing taste and they are amazing supporters of Aussie music.
Swan’s debut single, “Sweat Baby Sweat”, is out now. More information can be found on the official Swan website.
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.