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Music Editorial

swinetaxlocal.jpg Local scene: Swine Tax

Here’s a nice pic of Swine Tax having fun while mucking around down by a harbour. Do not try this at home kids.

I’ve already shoved Newcastle band Swine Tax in our Single of the Month slot a couple of times over the last 12 months or so, and I thought it was high time that we featured them in this bijou, but well-appointed, bit of the magazine, just so we all could get a little better acquainted. So say, “Hi, how’s your abrasive indie-rock hanging” to Vince Lisle (vocals, guitar), Tom Kelly (vocals, bass) and Charlie Radford (drums). They’re all about that 1990s US college rock sound – think Pavement etc – but they bring plenty of their own personalities to the party, not least with Lisle’s lyrical concerns that address politics, pain and a good dollop of lust. They released two fabulous singles in June, Never Ending (a rumbustious affair that sounds like British Sea Power strapped to rocket boosters) and Tory Water (that has the punky knock-about charm of The Sultans of Ping FC having a bit of rough and tumble with The Fall) that are among the best tunes I’ve heard all year. In short: they’re fully formed and awaiting your clamouring acclaim – get to it!

Seek: facebook.com/swinetax; soundcloud.com/swinetax