Oxford’s Wild Swim have a wicked sound. The music is calming, yet has a uniquely chilling, ethereal atmosphere. Recently releasing their b-side to single Another Night, AMBY caught up with the five-piece to learn all about influences, an album in the works, Beyoncé, songwriting, and more!
AMBY: Hey Wild Swim, what’s the band been up to lately?
Wild Swim: Hello! At the moment we’re all juggling university courses with gigging whenever we can. We played an awesome show with Brasstronaut (groove kings) the other day at the Lexington in London. It had a really nice vibe. We’re also off to Leeds in a few days for Live@Leeds which we will rock.
AMBY: Please introduce yourselves to AMBY!
Wild Swim: We are Wild Swim and we are another bloody band from Oxford. The band consists of Richard on vocals, Carlos on guitar and keys, Jacob on bass, Jamie on guitar, keys and electronics and Sam on drums.
AMBY: What’s the songwriting process like between the five of you?
Wild Swim: It usually begins with a chord sequence or guitar riff or the like which will gradually grow into the final product as each member of the band adds their own touch. I will always write the vocals both melodically and lyrically. This summer, with more time on our hands, we’ll be working together on new material from scratch.
AMBY: How did you come up with the concept for the Another Night video? It’s a great video to go along with a great song.
Wild Swim: With the Another Night video we were really open to other people’s interpretation of the song. So we sent out a brief to a few people to see what they could come up with conceptually and Dan Jacobs (http://www.danwjacobs.com/) came up with this brilliant and striking idea that sits well with the track. The figure chasing an elusive golden fox which leads him to nothing but darkness is an idea that runs completely parallel with the lyrical content.
AMBY: Speaking of Another Night, “we set sail for a place that I thought I’d known” is a lovely lyric. What’s the inspiration or story behind it?
Wild Swim: Another Night is a lament in that slowly, as time creeps on, I feel as though I’m losing connection with the things that made life sweet as a child. The lyric that you’ve cited above is part of the idea that I’m hopelessly clinging on to the sunny past and that now is unknown to me.
AMBY: What’s the best part about being in Wild Swim?
Wild Swim: That our future is unknown and we’re all in it together.
AMBY: If you could hang out with any three of your influences for a day, who would you choose?
Wild Swim: For a day I’d probably hang out with Beth Gibbons from the band Portishead, Chris Cunningham the film maker and Richard Anderson a tailor on Savile Row. I couldn’t think of a definite three but these guys would do beautifully.
Alternatively, all three sisters in Haim. They rock our world.
AMBY: What’s the story behind the artwork for Echo? It looks amazing!
Wild Swim: The artwork for Echo was achieved by Jamie’s brothers, Sammy and Tommy. Sammy took the photo and Tommy mixed up the colours and created the text. Combined, their efforts came together harmoniously. Moreover, the song itself is based around the story of Narcissus and Echo so the woodland and water depicted in the image fit with the idea well.
AMBY: So far, what’s the best song of the year?
Wild Swim: That’s a difficult one because I’ve spent the year so far re-discovering. In my ears at the moment is Jamiroquai’s outrageously good ‘Canned Heat’. So for me, that’s it.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Wild Swim: We’re writing and recording an album this summer which is enough to be getting on with. It will be our debut as well so that’s even more pressure. We’re all incredibly excited too because this summer most of us finish university and we’ll be able to be together and write like never before. Huge.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Wild Swim that nobody knows yet?
Wild Swim: We’re all heavily in to Beyoncé, and I’m pretty sure she’s into us.
Thank you Wild Swim, for giving us your answers!