Swim Deep’s Austin Williams New Band Tips: Junto Club, Catholic Action And The Rhythm Method

Ozzy from Swim Deep’s just wrapped up a UK tour, but he’s still been keeping his ear to the ground to tip us some of the best new bands he’s heard recently…

There’s something in the water in Glasgow. Zach [Robinson, Swim Deep drummer] showed me this band called Junto Club recently, and their self-titled EP is fucking great. It sounds like a Beta Band/Screamadelica hybrid, and has this deeply primitive mist around it that carries it’s very own resonance. I love the way they’re offering such an honest groove that walks so slow, with it’s hands in its pockets, feeling around for an eccy. It’s proper heady gear, and I can’t wait to catch them live.

Also from Glasgow, this band Catholic Action have been first on for us on this recent tour. It’s strong music and they’ve got a set list of solid songs already. Their drummer has a very soft style, which is refreshing to see in a guitar/rock band and makes for something unique. We’ve all been saying they’re gunna get a lot of attention soon. The singer has a special voice – one I haven’t heard before really. The accent, the way he sings like he means every word. You gotta believe in a singer.

I heard Huw Stephens play ‘Local, Girl’ by The Rhythm Method and got a bit hooked to it. I listened to it a few times over when I found it. I like it. There’s something playfully honest about it that touched me up. He’s got very primal lyrics that sound straight off the tongue, and I really admire that. It’s brave and also if you get it right it works ten times better than spending four days on a verse about how to praise the sun, which I’ve obviously fallen guilty of…

It split a few heads in the van too which was a bit of fun. It was like a fuckin’ 6Music discussion table!