Swan Hill have released their brand new single ‘Unlucky,’ out now via all major digital service providers. The Swansea based indie-grunge four piece close out the year with their latest offering ‘Unlucky’, all about being in either the right place at the wrong time or vice versa. Inspired by tales of woe such as Roy Cleveland Sullivan, a man who got struck by lightning 7 times, or iconic Simpsons character Frank Grimes, a hard worker perpetually overlooked for his archenemy and bumbling fool, Homer. It’s a tale as old as time that all people can relate to - a life comprised of moments just not quite aligning, whether you missed the bus, didn’t get that promotion, or even got struck by lightning (although probably not 7 times).
Chris (Lead Vocals/Guitar) tells us, “Unlucky is a song loosely about the concept of accepting the misfortunes of everyday life and even finding comfort in them. The guitar parts just formed one evening whilst playing around with some fuzzy chords after a few pints at the local pub. It’s a song we’re proud of as a band and one we’ve all been enjoying playing live”
Musically, it’s a crescendo of guitar and drums that has a touch of shoegaze, a lick of grunge and hearty dose of indie-rock. As it builds more intricately with each verse and chorus, intricate melodies are layered like a master craftsman, climaxing in a gigantic wall of melodic noisy guitar solos reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, and other names from the late 90s American scene. The track was recorded and produced DIY by the band themselves, and mixed and mastered by Tom Rees (Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Swim Deep).
Swan Hill are Chris (Vocals/Guitar), Dan (Guitar), Rory (Drums/Vocals) and Owain (Bass) based in the Swansea region. The band started like most other musical projects during lockdown of 2020, with Chris and Dan trading ideas back and forth via GarageBand, but steadily grew into its own project. Since its relatively short inception, the group have played shows spanning the length and breadth of the UK, including a mini tour of England in 2021, and have recently come off the back of a packed out set at Swansea Fringe Festival. 2023 shows no signs of them slowing down, with plans to release more singles and play even more shows.