Swimming Tapes are not far off releasing their debut album, Morningside, and have just dropped the video for their latest single Pyrenees. On top of all that, they are performing in Edinburgh’s Sneaky Petes very soon, and so the boys from Swimming Tapes spoke with The Fountain about the new album and the origination of the title.

TF: A debut album, how exciting, what can we expect from this record? 

Yeah it is exciting, it feels good to know that it’s nearly out there. Previously nearly all our recordings have been singles, doing the album allowed us to branch out a bit and do some things we couldn’t do before. Sometimes a song can be a great track, great on an album, but maybe not the sort of song you would choose for a single. It’s still pop songs played on guitar, but there is more variety than on anything we’ve released so far. If you’ve been to a live show you might recognise a couple of songs, but none of the material has been released before.

TF: You’ve titled it Morningside, now is there any connection with the area in Edinburgh? 

If you like! The name actually comes from a small residential street in our home town, Bangor. At the bottom of the street is a hill that leads down to the beach, so it was the kind place you arrange to  would meet people, “lets meet at the bottom of Morningside.” We had an idea for a song called Morningside that didn’t make it on to the record, but maybe we’ll get around to finishing it one day.

TF: Are you scheduled to perform anytime soon, can we expect to see you in Scotland soon? 

Yes you can, we’re touring in spring and play Edinburgh on the 7th April, so please come down to Sneaky Pete’s and say hi. (Tickets are on sale now from here.

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date? 

That’s a hard one to answer, maybe Horatio’s in Brighton. We played there at the Great Escape on Saturday afternoon, and it’s at the end of the pier, so you come out and you’re surrounded by amusements and candy floss, it was fun.

Photo Courtesy of George William.

Morningside by Swimming Tapes is out on 24th May, via Hand in Hive Records. They are performing at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Petes on 7th April.