Swimming Tapes latest release ‘Tides (Acoustic)‘, hit our ears amidst the much-needed change of season; a peaceful siren to take us forward in warming company. The London quintet’s penchant for hazy, sun-kissed melodies keeps most in a comforting embrace, leaving few unturned by their growing allure. Ahead of their headline spot at our Hidden Herd presents show in Brighton next month (tickets here), we thought it fitting to catch-up and see what their up to.

Your acoustic version of ‘Tides‘ is a hazy delight. What was the inspiration behind reworking your track in this way?

We had always talked about doing an acoustic version of one our previously released tracks, and pretty much straight off the bat we all decided that ‘Tides‘ was going to be the one. We changed the key for the acoustic version to mix it up a bit, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

How did Swimming Tapes start out?

Swimming Tapes started out of a need to play music again. Robbie, Lou, Paddy and I had all played in bands together over the years and have been friends for a long time, so it kind of made sense for us to start creating music together again. I planted the initial seed a couple of years ago, we got together, jammed and really enjoyed the music we were coming up with. We decided to take it to the next stage then and advertised for a drummer on Gumtree, to where Andrew got in touch and now we are all here.

Where did the name ‘Swimming Tapes’ come from?

The name actually has quite an interesting story behind it. Our bassist Paddy when he was younger was determined to design a swimming cap incorporated Walkman that was water proof. It’s safe to say that this never came to fruition, but he does have some mock drawings he may release to any benefactors who would like to come on board to make his boyhood dream a reality.

Who would you cite as your biggest influences?

Musically our influences stem from so many places, but the music we all bonded over initially was American Indie guitar bands like Real Estate, Wild Nothing, Pavement, Wilco, and so on…..

Are there any other artists you’ve played with and would recommend?

We have played with some amazing artists over the past couple of years, but the ones that we are all big fans of are Dama Scout and Kane Strang.

And finally, what does the future hold for you guys?

We are just putting the finishing touches to our debut record and are hoping for it to be out in the world by the end of the year.