Every now and then I stumble on a band that makes me stop in my tracks, pause, rewind, and repeat, several times. Swine is one of those bands for me. This UK punk duo packs a loaded punch with fuzzed out bass riffs that support Neve’s uninhibited and authoritative delivery of poetic invective. It’s a spartan approach, and all the more potent for its raw simplicity. Swine fits easily in a playlist made up of IDLES (the band’s country-mates) and The Muslims (Global Garage hometown heroes). Naturally I was stoked when they agreed to participate in this week’s “Five Questions With…” and I think they win the award for best answer to #5 so far.
1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)
Neve’s desert island disc would have to be Arcane Roots’ last album Melancholia Hymns, they’ve been her favourite band for a very long time and she cried when she found out they were splitting up, Whereas Asher’s would have to be FIDLAR’s self-titled album, just constant bangers in his opinion.
2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?
We met in college on a music course and played in a shitty indie covers band for a few months before hitting “fuck it” and quitting to start Swine.
3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?
We started out in Cornwall, which is quite dead apart from a few venues and a few really good bands, however we have moved to Bristol for university and also to help push the band, the scene here is insane. There’s gigs pretty much every night and there’s constantly something going on which amazing to be a part of.
4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?
Our main interest is definitely music and all aspects of it, apart from that though, we both like to skate (although Asher skates a lot more), we both play video games, Neve likes to surf when she’s near a beach however, Asher doesn’t cause he can’t swim. We’re both massive foodies and like cooking/eating food. There’s not really too much else to be honest, music is definitely our main focus.
5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.
There’s a tiny pub in Falmouth, called Jagos Bar. We got to play our first headline show there, but we didn’t know we were the headline act until the second band had started playing and we had been hitting the rider pretty hard. It lead to a messy show (although not the messiest haha) but it was packed and definitely one of our favourite shows we’ve ever played.
Another contender is when we played Plymouth Punx Picnic, we were the 3rd to last band on which meant the crowd were pretty pumped up, and it was the first show where people were singing our songs back at us and it was a completely surreal experience.
There was also the time we supported Subhumans which was an amazing show, because they are one of our collectively favourite bands, and after the show a friend of ours ended up headbutting a Nazi who was being a racist and transphobic piece of shit, which made the night even better haha!