Swine Tax ‘Screensaver’ : Kicks it up more notches to bring satisfaction to your normal (maybe dull) life. We’re in. Are you?

Swine Tax / Photo: Sophie Robson

One of the most exciting acts from Newcastle, Swine Tax, kicks it up more notches to bring satisfaction to your normal (maybe dull) life. We’re in. Are you?

With the recent addition of Euan Lynn on synth, ‘Screensaver’ sees Swine Tax further sharpen their agitated, hooky post-punk sound. Propelled by burned-out guitars and a breakneck rhythm section, the track delivers in incendiary and refreshing dynamics.

“’Screensaver’ is about losing your password,” said the band. “It’s an in-joke about our technophobia, but it also attempts to get to the heart of a more widespread feeling of alienation that’s fostered by technology. Lyrically we took a more direct approach than is often applied to the issue, by painting a vivid picture of a familiar subject we sought to highlight the everyday absurdities of a life lived online. We didn’t then imagine how relevant the track would be during this global pandemic – many of us are gawping at screens all day, slowly going insane and totally reliant on technology to communicate.”

With various festival appearances and a U.K tour curtailed in light of the global health crisis, Swine Tax will look to pick up where they left off with rescheduled tour dates in support of their upcoming release.

Recently chosen as one of BBC Introducing NE’s top tips for 2020, and a hotly-anticipated debut EP in the midst of being recorded, Swine Tax show no signs of slowing down.



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