EP 2, produced by Adam Jaffrey (Palace, Gengahr, Leif Erikson), pushed the band on a level, with “Queen’s Parade” and “Alison” adding a punchier element to their sound, winning the band a session at the legendary Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
2018 saw Swimming Tapes sign a deal with Sub Pop Publishing, win PRS Momentum Funding, tour the UK for the first time and was used writing and recording Morningside; a debut album that shows a band who continue to develop, while staying true to their original ideals. Slow-burning instrumental sections swoon alongside the quick-fire accessible pop songwriting that won Swimming Tapes fans from day one. With Tom Schick - known for his work with the likes of Real Estate, Iron & Wine and Jeff Tweedy - behind the mixing desk and a UK tour in April, 2019 was a defining year for Swimming Tapes.
Before the Covid pandemic hit, the band played back to back shows in Tokyo.