Toronto three-piece SWiiMS first got started via an ad on Craigslist in 2019 – and the rest is history. While lockdowns may have slowed down the band’s trajectory, they still managed to release their first EP back in 2020, finding critical success and radio airplay. They’ve just released their latest single, “All I Die For”, which mixes and melds genres, styles, and moods, to create a unique and compelling sound.
“The song combines elements of Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Shoegaze and New Wave creating a swirling platform for the languid & moody vocal melody. The song is both intense and beautiful, like the first stages of falling in love,” says the band of “All I Die For”. “It’s about the beginning stages of a relationship – how you try to make yourself more intriguing or impressive than you are in order to keep that person interested. It also describes the feeling of hopefulness, bliss and loss of control that the start of any new relationship brings.”
“All I Die For” boasts huge 90s rock appeal (which, as we all know, is a favourite here on FTS). The washed-out shoegaze elements, moody vocals, and bright guitar all work so well together to create a complete package. This song is a case study in balancing different sounds and feelings – it’s fuzzy yet bright, moody yet vibrant, rock yet pop. It holds onto its catchy dreaminess while keeping an edgy style in tact. And if that weren’t enough, the accompanying video captures the mood perfectly, and is well worth a watch (or two).