Review: Fake Swans Are Alternative Rock’s Budding Band …

You know when you immediately gel with a track? When the delivery from headphone to ear feels rather satisfying because it’s a song you can immediately immerse yourself into? Well, alternative rock band, Fake Swans, manage to nail exactly that with their hot EP, Sorry.

It’s been a busy old time for the talented group. They have so far received radio play from the Magnificent DJ, Tom Robinson, on every band’s dream station, BBC Radio 6. Not only this, but BBC Introducing Lincolnshire chose Fake Swans as part of their ‘Hot Tips’ for 2019. And just to top these leaps and strides within the ever-changing industry, the four-piece are releasing their new EP, ‘Epitaph’ soon!

With many musical successes under their belt already, it’s a must that we take a walk through the EP, track by track!


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The electric guitar’s riff for the opening has the capability to melt even the most frozen of listeners. You can imagine the sultry sound ringing around you, as you stroll away (slow-mo, of course) from your troublesome past to your unknown future. It’s all getting dramatic, isn’t it? The lead vocals set you back in your seat with incredible resonance and pitch. Both the instrumentation and vocals blend together as smoothly as when two paints run their colour into a collision with each other.

The production is a true credit to the sound of Sorry. The instruments have been nurtured in the studio to sound their absolute best; with the rock aspect entwining itself consistently throughout the track. A haunting highlight of Sorry is the clever outro. The song enters a stripped down section, where the guitar is the one-note pulsing through, only to be smoothly concluded by the lyrics “I don’t know how to say I’m sorry”. A bluesy but still rocking ending employs a moody effect on the electric guitar, as it rings a while after everything else has stopped.

Chilling but so bloody good!


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ARGHHHH this one may just be my fave? The opening riff on that saucy electric guitar gives a treacherous sound that makes the whole track feel irresistibly forbidden. And if you are anything like me, you’ll often live for the dense sections of alt-rock tracks. So FOTAL is satisfying for the senses as the chorus drives you through some awesome and distorted guitar chords, along with the impeccable drums and bass, topped off by the capturing vocals of Fake Swans’ vocal lead, Ellie.

A mind-blowing moment in this masterpiece is where the vocals descend into unnerving but oh-so-good dialogue that pushes the guitar/bass/drums into an instrumental lockdown. Absolute rock bliss.


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A killer track in its own right. Caeses is a champion for thought-provoking lyricism. With lyrics such as, “You can’t leave me here alone, don’t fight it baby. This is your home”, it’s almost impossible to not be sucked into this mesmerising, distortion-filled black hole that is the intensity of Caeses.  I think what is really impressive with Fake Swans is that they have clearly considered the dynamics, tone and intention of each track with the utmost care. And it shows. Each track is different and has its own level of intensity. Variety is a key player with Sorry because they have achieved it brilliantly.

We want more … 

It is without a doubt that we will be seeing Fake Swans firework their way onto our playlists, radios and more. The only way the four musicians seem to be soaring is up. And from breaking down their EP, it is highly obvious as to why!

Not only do they work their alternative rock socks off, but they have created some amazing songs. That’s what music is truly about. More excitingly, they’ll soon have their new EP out. New songs for us to feast on! Hoorah!

Fake Swans, we’ll always want more!

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