Swimming Tapes Liverpool date, FOCUS Wales line up latest and The Entire City release new video

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Swimming Tapes

National initiative Learn to Play Day is coming to Merseyside, Liverpool band Death Blooms head on tour and The Shipbuilders present their next Shipwrecked night, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with the news.

London guitar pop outfit Swimming Tapes have announced the release of their debut album Morningside on May 24, alongside the release of a new single from the album.

Morningside was recorded at Swimming Tapes’ favourite London studio: a tiny space tucked behind an old pub in Haggerston, East London, where the indie five-piece now reside.

The studio is a regular haunt of the band’s long-time collaborator Paddy Baird, who produced and engineered the album and is packed full of vintage equipment including a 1970’s SLS desk which gives this album its sepia tones.

The album will be supported by a full UK tour, which culminates in festival dates at Leeds’ Live at Leeds and Newcastle’s Hit The North. Swimming Tapes will come to Liverpool’s Sound on Saturday, April 6.

The band have shared Pyranees as a single from the upcoming album, which they describe as: “a sweet little bop of a pop song.” 

The band said: “It might only clock in at two and a half minutes but we still managed to get two different guitar solos in there. The song’s about what follows an argument with a loved one, that middle of the night feeling when you realise actually you’re the one in the wrong. Shit.”

You can listen to the new track, Pyrenees, below.

FOCUS Wales have announced an exciting new wave of performers for the 2019 international showcase festival, which takes place in Wrexham, North Wales on May 16-18.

The latest wave of live acts announced for FOCUS Wales 2019 includes aggrocultural trio Snapped Ankles, while multi-award winning band 9Bach have been commissioned to create a genre-defying piece that will explore a collaboration between the band and acclaimed drummer Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack, Jeff Beck).

Plus, after calling quits on music in 2014, the much beloved Avi Buffalo returns, playing an intimate
show at St Giles Church, Wrexham.

They’ll join already announced acts including: Neck Deep, BC CamplightThe Lovely EggsThe Beths and Adwaith.

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Learn to Play Day, a free national event to encourage everyone in the UK to start making music, is coming to Merseyside.

Supported by Jools Holland OBE, and run by charity Music for All, the 2019 Learn to Play Day will take place on Saturday and Sunday March 23-24.

Since being launched eight years ago, the initiative has helped thousands of people pick up and play a musical instrument.

Many had never played before, while others played as a child but gave up. Held in partnership with the Musicians’ Union, the Take It Away scheme and Making Music, the initiative has been growing in popularity with a record 10,000 free lessons held during last year’s event.

So far, Catalyst Studios (St Helens) is leading the way for venues in Merseyside, with more venues are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

Death Blooms

Back in gigs and having just wrapped up a tour supporting Shvpes, Liverpool metal outfit Death Blooms have announced their own headline dates in London, Manchester and Birmingham for May.

The shows will be some of the first opportunities to hear material from their You Are Filth EP, which is set for release 26 April. Hometown fans can catch them at Star and Garter in Manchester on Thursday, May 9.

The Shipbuilders

The Shipbuilders will head up their fifth Shipwrecked night at Shipping Forecast in a couple of weeks time.

They’ll be joined by The Gear and COW on Friday, March 1.

Our new release this week comes from Liverpool band the The Entire City, who have shared their new video for their single You Are Not The Sun.

The track featured in Getintothis’ Deep Cuts column in December, and they’re all set to play our Deep Cuts gig on March 7 at Phase One. You can watch the new video for it here.  

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