Swim Team started life in a Brunswick lounge room in late 2014 - no doubt after a few wines - who can remember back that far? Long term friends Sammy Wass and Krystal Maynard had recently become housemates and noticed their musical tastes were converging. If anyone had told them five years earlier that they'd be starting a project together, they would have laughed; Krystal, a garage punk fan and Sammy, an indie darling. But as we all mature, so do our tastes, and punk and indie no longer seemed like worlds apart. So Swim Team was born. Fellow friends and first time musicians TJ Day (drums) and Esther Sandler (bass) were recruited to complete the girl gang.
A couple of years later the band had an EP, a split single with BFF’s Lazertits, a full-page feature in Frankie Mag, national shows, a jaunt to NZ and numerous international support slots under their belt. They said sad goodbyes to Esther, played for a year/wrote an album with with Camila Galaz (Maureen), and have recently recruited Jill (Shania Choir) on bass. It’s been quite the ride.
Musically, Swim Team take inspiration from 60s girls groups, lo-fi indie pop to ramshackle garage and anything soaked in reverb. Slowly but surely, the band has been refining their sound, incorporating nuances into the neatly packaged pop songs defined by group vocals, harmonies and jangly duelling guitars.
Life changes, and so do band members, but Sammy, TJ and Krystal continue to be pals, talk about their ageing cats excessively, make music together and welcome new friends along the way to join the fold.