Ones to watch - The Swiines

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Imagine two bands joining forces and a year later playing nearly every venue in Nottingham and also supporting one of the UK’s best bands, The Subways. Pretty good going, don’t you think? 

Of course it is! I’m going to assume most of you readers have heard of The Swiines and maybe you’ve seen them live. However, those who haven’t seen or heard of The Swiines I’m going to educate you.

The Swiines

The band members first met each other at a Battle Of The Bands competition, after competing against each other, their mutual respect caused the two bands they were in, The Arcane and The Bets to merge and create The Swiines. This was just over a year ago and the rest as they say is history and I reckon The Swiines will be making plenty of it. 

The guys in the band are: Scott Bugg on vocals and guitar, Adi Young on guitar, Tom Cookson on bass and vocals and Daniel Taylor on drums. 

With all band members playing an equal role in song writing, the whole process comes from jam sessions. The last track these guys wrote came from a jam session that began with a guitar riff that Adi was looping, after all the parts were added, “a monster” was created. As Tom said, “From Adi's tiny acorn grows a mighty oak.” 

Their debut single, In The Bag is available NOW on iTunes but their MySpace page has lots of top tunes for you to enjoy. Or perhaps wander down to their next gig and treat your ears to some quality live music. 

You can catch them playing live on 13th and 26th February in Derby (for venue information visit: including a performance alongside another wicked band - Keith. I highly recommend going.  

I’m not an Oasis fan in the slightest, but there is a resemblance to Liam’s voice in the vocals. However, I shall be quick to state that is the only comparison I have to them. Although The Swiines have been playing for a short amount of time, they have managed to accomplish quite a lot; which makes their future career in music look very promising.  

The Swiines are about “A combination of rawness, dirty sounds passion and energy.” You can’t go wrong with that. With more than enough material for an album and playing pretty much everywhere, including the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, it’s quite amazing for a band that started so soon to do so much and create a buzz in their local area. 

A few months ago, they played at Camden Barfly. This gig proved to be highly successful resulting in the band being signed to indie label, Flatroof Records. 

With the Trent FM Arena being the only venue these guys haven’t played yet, “that’s this year” states Adi. An optimistic approach has never hurt anyone, and hopefully they will be playing big venues soon. They have proven with self belief and determination - you can achieve pretty much anything.  

Let’s hope the Trent FM Arena is ready to host these guys because it’s going to be one hell of a performance that’s not to be missed. 

By Olivia Cellamare