By Natalie Greener
2011 throwback – here we go!
After a long and trepidatious wait for the Birmingham band to hit the scene once again, Newcastle was up in arms at the return of Swim Deep. The Cluny assembled a mammoth crowd for the ascendancy of shoegaze over indie, taking us back to our hipster days. I was going to refer to the zany five piece as a guilty pleasure however, Swim Deep disciples are out and proud – they are certainly as loud as ever too.
With the support of Manchester female favourite, Phoebe Green, this monday night could not have been mundane. Releasing ‘Easy Peeler’ and ‘Dreaming Of’ this year, Phoebe and her indie pop band have certainly made their mark upon the UK’s music subculture. Hypnotic and sleek in her performance, the music delivered a bewitching performance.
Swim Deep took to a warmed crowd and their reception was immense. When the first few notes played of Francisco, it was as though the entire room had time travelled into a time where, in my opinion, the alternative indie scene was at its peak. Psychedelic sounds and reminscient lyrics were chanted back to the boys and it was like they hadn’t even left for ten minutes. The crowd seemed to also embrace Swim Deep’s new tunes from their latest and much awaited release; Emerald Classics, that went down a it with new and old fans. But, nobody can deny that the excitement of hearing ‘King City’ and the eight minutes of bliss that is ‘Fueiho Boogie’, this gig was definitely one for the Cluny to remember.
Swim Deep is a lot about the past for us indie kids, but they have a firm grip on their future. I’m just happy we are all along for the ride.