Adam Laver
Adam Laver

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Newcastle upon Tyne lads, Vince (lead vocals and guitar), TK (bass), Charlie (drums) and Euan (synth and guitar) are the exciting band that is Swine Tax. Their latest single, ‘Relax’, encapsulates their attitude driven sound.

After a bouncy drum pattern introduces the song, a chunky, distorted bass riff, joins by asserting its dominant sound. Swine Tax nod to American pop-punk band, Fall Out Boy, as the bass-drum relationship between TK and Charlie feels reminiscent of ‘Dance, Dance’.

Vince’s vocals are full of blustering attitude, which adopts a post-punk feel to their sound. They seem to blend influences of guitar music from their home country, as well as from the United States. Between playing distinct and striking lead guitar in the verses, Euan adds a layer of synth under the chorus as Vince tells his audience – “relax, relax, we’ll be alright”.

The Geordie four-piece have performed alongside many notable acts, such as BODEGA, The Futureheads, Working Men’s Club, Sorry, Pip Blom and Fontaines D.C.

They have also been championed by music broadcasting legends, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson from BBC Radio 6, so it is clear to see how well thought of Swine Tax are.

“Relax is an ode to Newcastle’s primal club scene,” the band comment. “It’s like a warped dance track, combining a speaker-shaking beat with a bittersweet pop chorus. It’s the intoxicated internal monologue of a big night out – the dancing, flirting, chest-crushing bass, rushes of blood, heightened senses, cutting loose and coming undone.”

Swine Tax have everything that makes avid gig-goers burst with excitement when they anticipate their live set. Once live music is back, these Geordie lads will sound monumental as they insist that everyone should just ‘relax.

Listen/ watch ‘Relax’ here: