Delivering angular alt-rock cut through with deep electronic grooves, Cloth are the Glasgow-based trio comprising twins Rachel Swinton (vocals, guitar) and Paul Swinton (guitar), and Clare Gallacher (drums).
After forming in 2016, the band undertook a lengthy period of writing, rehearsing and, latterly, recording at revered studio Chem 19. Within 2 weeks of uploading their first track to YouTube in April 2018, the band was signed by acclaimed independent label Last Night From Glasgow. Debut single ‘Demo Love’ was released officially on the label in June 2018, garnering plaudits and radio airplay from, among others, Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music (naming the track one of his favourites of the week), Steve Lamacq, Podcart (‘one of the best songs to come out of Scotland this year’), and Scots Whay Hae! blog (naming it one of the 10 best songs of the year).
Second single ‘Tripp’ was released in August 2018 to critical acclaim earning ‘Track of The Week’ on BBC Rapal and being voted ‘Fresh Fave’ on Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net blog, while the accompanying remix by enigmatic Glasgow producer, Wuh Oh, was immediately picked up by Vic Galloway on his BBC Radio Scotland show
Third single ‘Holder’, described by Brexhip blog as ‘a beautiful synthesis of alternative rock, of that ever-chaging movement that sounds so wonderfully good…’ was released in September 2018 to coincide with a mini-tour (taking in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow).
It was fourth single ‘Old Bear’, released in November 2018, that really captured the attention of key industry influencers, with coinciding rave reviews and radio airtime, including plays on BBC Scotland, BBC 6 Music and their debut play on BBC Radio 1; ‘Understated, poised, immaculately written, performed and produced…Old Bear marks a new highpoint from an already exceptional band’ (Tom Robinson).
Following a slot supporting Mercury Prize-nominated C Duncan in December, the plaudits continued with a BBC Introducing Live Session on BBC Radio Scotland with Vic Galloway (who chose Cloth as one of his 25 Scottish Artists To Watch In 2019) and included by Huw Stephens on his BBC Radio 1 Introducing ’Tips for 2019’ show .
2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Cloth and has kicked off in style, with a live session planned on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show in February, and their first ever London show on 02 March at the Sebright Arms. They then head back into the studio to record their debut album, which will be released on Last Night From Glasgow in November 2019.