LISTEN: Sweeping Promises – ‘Pain Without a Touch’

An irresistible slice of punk-infused synth-pop, Kansas-based duo Sweeping Promises have shared their latest single ‘Pain Without A Touch’. Released via Sub Pop and Feel It Records, the track is a rush of brooding riffs, punchy electronics and crystalline vocals, designed to get listeners moving on to their next adventure.

Formed of Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug (and live touring drummer Spenser Gralla), Sweeping Promises came to life in a “disused and reverberant concrete laboratory” just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The pair released their debut single ‘Hunger for a Way Out’ in 2020 – which was mixed in mono and with their “self-devised single-mic technique” – and now they’re back with the vibrant ‘Pain Without a Touch’. With shades of Le Tigre and Yeah Yeah Yeahs thanks to Mondal’s clear-cut vocals, the track fizzes with a euphoric energy, driven by infectious beats and chant-worthy lyrics.

Sweeping Promises will be touring the UK and Europe in 2022, so make sure you catch them live in a city near you. Listen to ‘Pain Without a Touch’ below.

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Sweeping Promises UK Tour Dates 2022
Tue. May 24 – Brighton – Hope & Ruin
Wed. May 25 – Bristol – The Exchange
Thu. May 26 – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Fri. May 27 – Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
Sun. May 29 – Manchester – YES (Basement)
Mon. May 30 – Birmingham – The Hare and Hounds
Tue. May 31 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms

Photo Credit: Jackie Lee Young

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Flock Of Dimes – ‘Two’

Warm bubbling tones in a pool of instrumental excellence create a delicate scene in Jenn Wasner’s – aka Flock of Dimes’ – latest single. In anticipation of Head Of Roses, her upcoming album, she shares ‘Two‘ as a taste of her progressive pop universe.

With experimental sounds bursting throughout the entire production of the track, it is hard to pin down the genre-fluid creation Flock of Dimes has created with ‘Two’. Moments of modulated synth hold the rhythmic basis of a pop-anthem, yet its surrounding alternative production accents reflect an art-pop/indie influence. The exchange between these two elements is interwoven with an elegant grace at the hands of Flock of Dimes, resulting in a soothing treat for the ears. 

Within this enchanting soundscape, however, strong vocals do not take a backseat. As Wasner’s lyrics hold their own with a unique tonal power, they ooze shades of the subtle power of Florence Welch, flowing with a grounded weight that is both captivating and empowering all at once.

With a freeing story behind ‘Two’, Wasner has shared with us a piece of her heartbreak that fits into each of our own unique worlds with its chiming, emotion-rich power. If this latest offering is a candid of what’s to come in Head of Roses, we are certainly in for a fulfilling record.

‘Two’ is accompanied by a poignant artistically crafted new video, directed by Lola B Pierson and Cricket Arrison, which visually explores the layers of artifice that we wrap ourselves in to make it through the day. Watch here:

Head Of Roses, the upcoming record from Flock Of Dimes, is set for release 2nd April via Sub Pop. Pre-order here.

Jill Goyeau

Photo Credit: Graham Tolbert


Track Of The Day: Frankie Cosmos – ‘Wannago’

Ahead of the release of their fourth album next month, New York band Frankie Cosmos have now shared a food-filled new video for single ‘Wannago’.

Inspired by feelings of love and distance, ‘Wannago’ flows with lilting melodies and luscious harmonies, lead by vocalist Greta Kline, creating a twinkling indie-pop gem. Filled with moreish, deliciously sweet, sounds, and a sparkling allure, it will leave the ears utterly charmed and ready for seconds immediately.

of the track, Kline explains:

“‘Wannago’ is an older song that I thought would never come out. Every time we ever tried to arrange it we gave up or lied that we would come back to it later. It felt too hard, and I found some of the lyrics embarrassing. Then Alex encouraged us to give it another shot because he really loved the demo. We ended up all working together to turn this into a song that feels sparkly and distinct; and it’s really fun to play. I’ve accepted the cheesier lyrics as part of the youthful glow of the song, it feels very wide-eyed and is purely about love, distance, and life.”

Featuring comedian Catherine Cohen and directed by House Of Nod, the new video for ‘Wannago’ is out now. Watch here:

Close It Quietly, the upcoming album from Frankie Cosmos, is out 6th September via Sub Pop. Catch the band live in the UK in October:

16th October – The Haunt, Brighton
17th October
– Exchange, Bristol
19th October – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
20th October – Delicious Clam, Sheffield
21st October – Night & Day, Manchester
22nd October – Islington Assembly Hall, London

Mari Lane



Track Of The Day: Tacocat – ‘Hologram’

A joyful poke at the dynamics of power; Seattle pop-punks Tacocat have shared their latest singe ‘Hologram’. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album This Mess Is a Place, set to be released on 3rd May via Sub Pop.

We’ve been waiting for new Tacocat material since 2016 (when the band released their second record, Lost Time) and if their new single is anything to go by; This Mess Is a Place is set to be another buoyant, reassuring listen for these misguided and politically turbulent times.

“Just remember if you can, power is a hologram ” sings Emily Nokes during the chorus for ‘Hologram’, which dismantles the translucent nature of power via pop hooks and catchy lyricism. Tacocat excel at taking difficult political concepts and dismantling them in to bubble-gum sized chewable pieces.

Speaking about the new record, Emily explains: “We can examine some hard stuff, make fun of some evil stuff, feel some soft feelings, feel some rage feelings, feel some bitter-ass feelings, sift through memories, feel wavy-existential, and still go get a banana daiquiri at the end.”

You heard her – grab yourself a banana daiquiri and Listen to ‘Hologram’ below. Follow Tacocat on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington