Hotter Than a Nonexistent Summer: JAWS Unveils Sonic Scorcher ‘Sweat’ Ahead of Anticipated EP Drop
Imagine a scorching summer that never quite materialized, and then brace yourself for something even hotter – JAWS is back with a sizzling new track, straight from the oven of their highly awaited EP, ‘If It Wasn’t For My Friends, Things Could Be Different’, set to grace our ears on the 15th of September.
Titled “Sweat,” this track serves as a survival guide for navigating the heat when the weight of the world threatens to flatten you. According to the sage words of Connor Schofield, the creative force behind JAWS: “Lyrically ‘Sweat’ is about dealing with your anxiety at the moment, everything slowing down and trying to take it as it comes when in an overstimulating situation.”
In a symphony that plays out as an exodus towards mental clarity, “Sweat” rides on undulating basslines, guitar breaks that duel in dreamy ecstasy, and a kaleidoscope of sonic textures that glisten like precious gems. This single witnesses JAWS seamlessly fusing shoegaze reveries with their signature dreamy indie-pop creations, pushing the boundaries of their sound into brave new territories.
Although “Sweat” has long been an adored favourite within the band’s circles, it’s now ready to carve its niche within the impending studio creation, ‘If It Wasn’t For My Friends, Things Could Be Different’. This forthcoming EP holds hands with the recent single “Are My Friends Alright?” and marks a glorious return for JAWS since their 2019 opus ‘The Ceiling’. Notably, it’s also the first work helmed entirely by Schofield. These sonic alchemists cooked up their magic in the hallowed spaces of 123 Studios in Peckham, with additional production wizardry courtesy of Brett Shaw (known for his work with Foals and Florence and the Machine). The mixing and mastering prowess of the Grammy-nominated duo Mikko Gordon and Robin Schmidt wraps the EP in sonic splendour, enveloping all five new tracks in a captivating sonic embrace.
Venture back to 2012 when the dream-pop ensemble JAWS first wove their musical dreams in Birmingham. Vocalist Connor Schofield galvanized a cohort of college comrades, igniting their journey with a demo that caught fire in the online realm. Since then, they’ve unveiled two EPs and three albums, including their sparkling 2014 debut ‘Be Slowly’ and the 2016 gem ‘Simplicity’. This forthcoming EP marks a milestone, marking their first extended musical offering since the self-released marvel ‘The Ceiling’ in 2019.
Labeled purveyors of sunny and subversive indie-rock, JAWS have shared stages with luminaries such as The Twang, Peace, and Spector. And now, as part of Swim Deep’s 10th-anniversary celebrations, they’ll be lending their magic as special guests in Birmingham and London. Praised by The Guardian for concocting “a rising tumult of lovely lacerating melodies and noise over a rock beat you can dance to,” JAWS have garnered accolades from NME, DIY, Gigwise, Dork, The Line of Best Fit, Far Out Magazine, The Independent, Clash, and an array of others.
Touring in support of the EP from next month, catch JAWS at these seven UK dates as follows:
JAWS UK TOUR 2023
25 NEWCASTLE The Cluny
26 GLASGOW King Tuts
27 MANCHESTER Club Academy
29 LONDON The Garage
30 BIRMINGHAM The Crossing
02 LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
03 BRISTOL Thekla
>> Tickets on sale here
With “Sweat,” JAWS manifests an exuberant statement of intent, a blazing proclamation that even after a decade, they’re still evolving with a fervour that’s fresher than ever. As a prelude to their EP extravaganza, ‘If It Wasn’t For My Friends, Things Could Be Different’, set to drop on September 15th, “Sweat” is here to steam up your playlists and set the stage for what promises to be an incandescent chapter in JAWS’ sonic saga.