Swim Deep at The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK – 10th October 2015

Posted by Bianca on Saturday Oct 10, 2015 Under Dreampop, Indie

Gig Review by Olivia Faye Wood with Photography by Megan Levers

Swim Deep

Swim Deep

Swim Deep’s indie-pop sound has been seemingly overturned in their second album, ‘Mothers’, released this month. With the addition of a new member, keyboardist and percussionist James Balmont, the band have wandered down an altogether different musical route. It may not appeal to quite the same audience as it once did, but it’s progressed into something else. They’ve grown up and so has their music, into a mixture of psych-pop and acid house, which, live at the Leadmill, Sheffield, was intriguing.

Swim Deep

Swim Deep

With support from Brighton band The Magic Gang not quite living up to their hyped expectation I wondered if Swim Deep would arouse a greater reaction for the somewhat sparse crowd. Formed in Birmingham in 2011, with frontman Austin Williams, guitarist Tom Higgins, bassist Zachary Robinson and Cavan McCarthy, drums, Swim Deep were a band I adored to see live, as it was always sure to be a ‘mosh-haven’, with hits from their debut such as ‘King City’. Sadly, the poor turn-out at the Leadmill soon ran my hopes under dirty water. I had expected the Leadmill to be full to burst with ‘angsty’, ‘indie’ teens. I had expected to be swept up in a mass of bodies clambering to get a closer glimpse. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, bringing a whole new meaning to ‘Is There Anybody Out There’.

Swim Deep

Swim Deep

Despite this, Swim Deep took to the stage with a dramatic sequence of sound and grandeur, with the energetic presence of Williams pulling them forward. In comparison to their new album, their old work seems outdated, and I almost resented a return to it, although it certainly pleased the gaggle of teens. Yet the beautiful ‘She Changes The Weather’ dedicated to Williams’ “love” retains it heartfelt charm. Their new album is full of promise, the single ‘Namaste’ most recognisable of their style of indie-pop lyrics and melodies. I hope the band weren’t discouraged by the turn-out; all I can ask is that Swim Deep give Sheffield another chance, because I really do believe that with ‘One Great Song (they) Could Change The World’.

Swim Deep

Swim Deep

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