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Fuzzy, alt-punk Northerners The Empty Page (Kel – Vox/bass, Giz – Guitars and Jim – Drums/Vox) have been turning heads since recording some rough demos a few years ago in a draughty warehouse in Ancoats, Manchester in 2016. They were heard by Gggarth Richardson (RATM, Biffy Clyro, Melvins) who invited the band to Vancouver to make their debut album, Unfolding, recorded in just over a week.

Their newest release ‘He’s Very Good At Swimming’ is a change of pace that illustrates the band’s broad palette. Choking the listener with equal parts haunting melancholy and seething rage. The song tackles the subject of rape, and more specifically the drag-through-the-mud victim blaming which is so standard it’s ludicrous, along with the media’s habit of foregrounding the academic and sporting achievements of the rapist. An uncomfortable listen, and possibly the only song ever to include the word ‘speculum’.

‘He’s Very Good At Swimming’ is out on June 28th on all the usual digital platforms but we get to premiere it here first:


20/08 Sesh @ Polar Bear HULL
21/08 Fulford Arms YORK
28/09 The Wagon & Horses, Digbeth, BIRMINGHAM
16/10 Jimmy’s MANCHESTER (With Saint Agnes)


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