WEIRDS Reveal ‘Phantom’ & Announce Debut Album ‘Swarmculture’


Today, Leeds Psych Grunge four-piece WEIRDS reveal their mesmerising and raucous new single PHANTOM . The track establishes WEIRDS trademark sound as one that features mesmerising guitar melodies, juxtaposed by full throttled, distorted soundscapes whilst staying true to pop hooks and structure.


“Phantom is the probably the poppiest thing we’ve written, but still has a sense of heaviness and ugliness to it. We wanted to write something with deserty, sinewy riffs but something you could also dance to. It flicks between bombastic guitar sounds and psychedelic synths, and the lyrics cut through all the sickly-sweet sludge like razorblades.” Aidan Razzall, vocals.

PHANTOM is taken from the band’s debut album, titled SWARMCULTURE and due 12th May on Alcopop! Records.

Check out the track here

Step into the kaleidoscopic world of WEIRDS , and you’ll be engulfed in a glorious, sonically technicoloured smog. After honing their craft over several years on the Leeds circuit, the band are now armed with colossal debut album SWARMCULTURE . The record showcases meticulous attention to detail, featuring lush, viscous layers that you can almost feel and taste, intricately positioned to create an escapist and mesmerising experience.

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Recorded with Matt Peel ( Pulled Apart By Horses, Eagulls ) at The Nave , an atmospheric Leeds studio built into a converted church, WEIRDS set out to create a dark, heavy, psychedelic record which still had the pop structure and hooks to make people dance. Following on from 2016s Weird Sun EP , the band intentionally wanted to create light at the end of the sonic tunnel with SWARMCULTURE to provide a sense of relief from the lyrically brutal narrative. The studio location was significant in coining the album title, derived after bassist Matthew Vaughan had observed a flock of starlings in the courtyard, triggering a trail of thought on colonial behaviour and how is transcends to multiple species – including humankind.

“It was a very conscious decision to combine the two words to create ‘Swarmculture’. It just seemed to encapsulate the world we wanted to create with this record. With the fact that Western culture is swarming towards a populist right, with people blaming others for parts of their lives that they’re not happy with, calling for change before they even begin to think about whether the change will be good or not, we felt ‘Swarmculture’ reflected the world we live in. Everything swarms, whether it be a colony of ants or the corporate conglomerates. We definitely, and will continue to, try to keep music and politics separate but as any type of artist, you are definitely inspired and influenced by what is going on around you”
– Aidan Razzall

WEIRDS recently revealed Valley Of Vision , the first single from SWARMCULTURE , in the form of a spectacularly cinematic music video. Perking up the ears of Huw Stephens , the track has gone on to receive spins from BBC Radio 1 .

The album artwork for SWARMCULTURE features a striking mirrored image of a Costa Rican Palm Viper snake, belonging to VICE documentary subject Steve Ludwin who gained notoriety by injecting lethal doses of snake venom for a natural high and to boost immunity.



Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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