No Flags Will Fly is number 17, with a thoroughly deserved top 3 of Karine Polwart, Lau and Admiral Fallow. It’s also especially sweet to see Holy Mountain, Miaoux Miaoux and The Unwinding Hours on the list, as they have all contributed musically to Olympic Swimmers in the past year, either through playing guitar/bass for us, remixing our songs or recording our album. If you haven’t checked out their own music yet, I implore you to do so immediately.
We are delighted to announce that we will be supporting Admiral Fallow on their forthcoming UK tour. Please come down early and say hello if we’re playing near you on any of these dates.
Monday 3rd December- The Deaf Institute, Manchester.
Tuesday 4th December- The Kazimier, Liverpool.
Wednesday 5th December- Thekla, Bristol.
Thursday 6th December- Bodega Social Club, Nottingham.
Friday 7th December- The Duchess, York.
Saturday 8th December- Barrowlands, Glasgow.
Monday 10th December- HMV Institute, Birmingham.
Tuesday 11th December- The Jericho Tavern, Oxford.
Wednesday 12th December- Scala, London.
Thursday 13th December- The Green Door Store, Brighton.
Friday 14th December- The Cluny, Newcastle.
- ‘Knots’ and it’s B-side the remixed version of Where It Snows (thanks to Miaoux Miaoux) will be available for free download from Monday 17th Sept until 8th October and thereafter on cassette tape via our bandcamp (www.olympicswimmers.bandcamp.com)
- Knots will be featured on Charlie Ashcroft’s Amazing Radio show on Monday at 1pm and afterwards can be voted for to go on the playlist. It’s very unlike us to make such an X-factor-ish request but if you would like to vote for us please follow this link after 1pm on Monday (http://amazingradio.co.uk/audition)
- We will be playing with Frightened Rabbit in Dumfries on 24th September at The Venue.
- We will be doing a wee acoustic gig on Oct 10th in the Griffin in Glasgow at a charity gig in support of Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
- We have been writing and recording demos in the last month or two working toward our next album which we hope we’ll be able to start recording as soon as we can next year
- We are sorting out some gigs for November and December at the moment so we hope to be able to play a few different places then and will keep you posted.
- Lastly but certainly not least thank you to all those who have supported us or written nice things about us/the album in the last few months and most importantly to those who have spent their hard earned cash on the album or merch. We realise it’s a difficult time for many people and we appreciate that in a time where music is freely available (or rather stolen) on the internet the commitment that those people show toward supporting musicians is invaluable. The only way we’ll be able to make another album is if we can support it financially, and the only way we can do that is if people buy what we make. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT
xx Susie xx
Apologies about the sparse updates of late, but ‘Summer’ has been good to us thus far.
To ease your pain, here is photo of us basking in the Scottish sunshine.
Allow me to catalogue what has happened in the long months since we last informed you of our movements. Admiral Fallow were kind enough to have us support in London back in May, and we had a great time at GoNorth just after the Album came out. Oran Mor’s West End Festival Closing Party and Wickerman saw us using the not inconsiderable talents of Alex McNutt on drums, as Jonny has been busy playing with The Kills as part of their Black Rooster Drum Corp, but like the prodigal son Jonny has returned and we supported the Unwinding Hours at King Tut’s last Monday night, and we play the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival tomorrow, Saturday the 4th of August. Following that we have Doune The Rabbit Hole on the 24th of August, when we will be welcoming Andy ‘tone’ McGlone from Holy Mountain on bass, as I’m away with Karine Polwart. Further gig announcements are not far away for some autumnal adventures with familiar faces.
We’re really happy with all the nice things people have said about our album, thanks to all those who have bought it so far, you’re helping us toward making another! A special thanks must go to Monorail, Love Music, Avalanche, HMV Stirling and One-Up for stocking the physical copies, and being so damn nice about it.
Knots is going to be released as a single in September, complete with a Miaoux Miaoux remix of Where It Snows. More details to follow.
Finally, never ones to stand around, we’re starting to write some new material for another album next week, going up north to live in a studio for a few days. If it goes well, we should be able to play some new songs live in the not too distant future.
Thanks for your patience, and for reading this bumbling update. I’ll try and make them more frequent and shorter. Or is that what Twitter is for?