Words: Conran McMullan
When Annie Mac says she ‘loves them’ who are we to argue? They may be new on the scene, but the five-piece Sweat mob headed up by producer Gary 'Gam' Rendle Traynor first 'appeared' late last year with an early taste of debut single 'Be Complete' which garnered interest from Radio X's John Kennedy, playing the Sebright Arms and stamping their south London presence with monthly party nights held in a disused house in Peckham (the first one saw Pumarosa launch their debut single there).
This year they have sold out London venue The Waiting Room last month for the launch of the single, and are about to head back into the studio to prepare for their next.
'Be Complete', released last week on the Handsome Dad label, is dark and eerie, with synths and percussion backing lyrics about an unwitting female playing "hard to get tonight". Check out the accompanying video which was was filmed in the opposing worlds of Peckham...and Tokyo (of all places), creating an
alternative, apocalyptic world of mystery and confusion.
The single B-side ‘Tambourine’ is an altogether lighter and dreamier. A favourite in the live act, this could easily become an anthem with hazy synths and straining guitar making you want to get up and dance.
Both tracks are described as “just a teaser for what is soon to arrive”, which is well, a bit of a teaser, but there's no doubt Sweat are turning up the heat. Prepare to get sweaty.
Sweat support Swim Deep at the NME Awards show at The Dome in north London this Wednesday, February 24, before headlining the Lock Tavern Festival in Camden on March 24.
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