Chatterbox: Brighton’s Swoon talk ‘Bubble’, Susan Boyle, influences and new material

Hey Swoon, thanks for talking to us. Could you tell us something about yourselves that nobody knows?

Well, a little-known fact for Adam is that when he worked at Sony Music, he got stuck in a lift with Susan Boyle. She talked about her cats for five minutes. Then the lift started moving again. Some might say a lucky escape?

What influences have gone into your sound recently?

We listen to a huge array of music as a group, especially with Spotify at our collective fingertips. As a band though, we’re big fans of progressive pop and PC Music. Artists like Charli XCX, SOPHIE, Grimes, Arca and Bille Eilish are all very inspiring to us.

What does Bubble draw on in terms of subject?

Bubble is all about the city we live in; Brighton. Each member of the band is originally from a small town – ones not necessarily so accepting of different ethical and/or political views. Thankfully, Brighton is a hub for open-minded folk, and Bubble is about accepting that people are different. It’s an obvious statement to make, but one we feel is worth reminding ourselves of. It’s a celebration of our differences as human beings.

Is it part of a larger project, an EP or album?

We haven’t yet decided whether or not it will be part of an EP, but it’s certainly possible we’ll do another release before the year is out. We have so much new material to choose from; all in slightly different styles. Some of it is super pop, other songs more heavy and guitar-based.

Where are you based?

The aforementioned Brighton – we love it here. We write and record most of the music at our home studio and practice as a live band at Small Pond Rehearsals.

Aside from motivations behind Bubble, do you feel like your city influences your sound at all?

It does in that there’s a huge variety of music in the town. You can sit in a pub and see a showcase of acts that range from comedy bluegrass to avant-garde theremin punk. With that mindset, you don’t feel the need to follow guidelines or try to fit into a scene. Creatively, you can do whatever you want and you’ll likely find an audience.

What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

We have more live shows on the horizon and new songs are always rising to the surface. We’d like to release another song soon and if possible, make a video for it.

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