Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day: Swim Deep


Bonnaroo Artist | Swim Deep
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | TBA


As we’ve been doing for the past several years now, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with as many bands as we can from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2016 lineup. In addition to the main stage acts, we also want to be sure to give the Club Stage bands some love, so, for the remainder of our coverage, we’ll be doubling up with a second daily spotlight. They might be the smallest artists on Bonnaroo’s bill, but the Club Stage boasts some of the best and most exciting up and coming acts around. As with our main stage previews, we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day


British buzzband Swim Deep, comprised of vocalist Austin Williams, guitarist Tom Higgins, drummer Zachary Robinson, bassist Cavan McCarthy and keyboardist James Balmont, started off as a dreamy indie rock band back in 2011. Their debut LP, Where the Heaven Are We, quickly conjured up comparisons to the mellower moments of bands like Tokyo Police Club and Ra Ra Riot for its guitar-driven shoe-gazey sound. The group helped highlight a new crop of Birmingham-based rock bands like Jaws, Juunk and Sky Children, who are identified more for their flippant attitude more than a specific unifying sound.

The year 2015 held an exciting departure for the five-piece, with a weirdo psych-pop change in direction for their sophomore LP Mothers. With track titles like “One Great Song and I Could Change The World” and “Namaste,” it’s no wonder how the band landed on this year’s Bonnaroo lineup. It’s not all acid and synths, though; there is concrete soul songwriting at the core of Swim Deep’s heady compositions. If you’re looking for a groovy mix of British indie rock and thought-provoking acid pop, make sure you check out Swim Deep’s set.

LISTEN | “Grand Affection”

WATCH | “Namaste” (Official Video)


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