It was last August that Newcastle-upon-Tyne, DIY indie-rockers Swine Tax found themselves hauled up at the iconic Sage venue in Gateshead. The band were chosen as one of a handful of acts from across the North-East to spend time in the venue composing new music. Born out of those sessions is the band’s newest single, Feels Like, which we’re premiering here today.
The band have suggested that Feels Like is the closest they’ve come so far to capturing the unpredictability, emotions and euphoria of their live show, which has seen the band support the likes of Spiral Stairs, Jeffrey Lewis and The Orielles. The track is their attempt to capture the complex emotion of the first throngs of a new relationship; capturing the heady mix of anxiety and lust, as you grapple with falling in love with someone you’ve only just met. It’s perhaps all summed up in the tortured summation, “oh can you feel it like I do, I swear you’re way too good to be true”.
Musically, Swine Tax’s sound probably owes more to the American-college rock scene than it does their native North-East; dabbling in the playful but intricate guitar stylings of Pavement and the energetic, yet laid-back angst of Car Seat Headrest. They’re only four songs into their musical journey, and Swine Tax are already shaping up to be the North-East’s best new band.