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Introducing Sweeping Promises – Band Sign To Sub Pop & Share New Single “Pain Without A Touch” & Announce UK Tour Dates

November 22, 2021
Photo credit: Jackie Lee Young


Sign to Sub Pop
Share new single “Pain Without A Touch”
Announce UK and European live dates

Sub Pop welcome Lawrence, KS-based duo Sweeping Promises as they share new single “Pain Without A Touch” and announce UK and European live dates for next year.
After carving out their thrifty and disciplined approach to songwriting under various guises, Sweeping Promises was born in a disused and reverberant concrete laboratory in Cambridge, MA. Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug tracked with a self-devised “single-mic technique” and mixed in mono, completing their debut ‘Hunger for a Way Out’ – a post-punk leaning gem of unpolished DIY sound – just in time to enter quarantine. It sees angular guitars and sharp synth notes float atop a raw rhythm section, while Mondal’s effervescent vocals truly define Sweeping Promises’ sound. There’s something simple yet otherworldly about these tracks – you have the DIY prowess of Kleenex/LiLiPUT and Girls at Our Best!, a brooding new wave-y minimal synth sound woven in, and an undeniable pop-leaning appeal captured in vibrant monaural glory.
“Pain Without a Touch” is the first new music from Sweeping Promises, since their 2020 debut, and their first release for Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop and Feel It Records (who released Hunger for a Way Out, and shepherded the LP through its nine pressings to date) are partnering on the urgent new single, out digitally today from Feel It in North America and Sub Pop for the rest of the world. 

If this is your first introduction to Sweeping Promises you’re about to be blown away. Welcome to your new favourite outfit.

Pain Without A Touch” immediately kicks off into the center of their fierce soundscape, punchy and radiating this intoxicating and immersive punk attitude. The most addictive bass tone emerges and consistently brings this complex variation into the instrumentation. Angular, raw, and seriously energetic, the lo-fi vocals mixing with that fierce tone and persistent drumbeat drives that infectious influence present throughout. You’ll be chanting the lyrics from the first listen, the harmonic rhythms that inject into the ensemble and add a further layer of intensity into the creation also assist with sculpting the urgency of this composition.

The band, led by Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug with live touring drummer Spenser Gralla have also announced UK & European tour dates for 2022. Full live dates are:
Wed. Feb. 23 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records (Blue Room)
Thu. Feb. 24 – Bloomington, IN  – The Bishop
Wed. May 18 – Antwerp, BE – Het Bos
Thu. May 19 – Liege, BE – KulturA
Fri. May 20 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling
Sat. May 21 – Groningen, NL – Vera
Tue. May 24 – Brighton, UK –  Hope & Ruin
Wed. May 25 – Bristol, UK – The Exchange
Thu. May 26 – Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint
Fri. May 27 – Leeds, UK – Hyde Park Book Club
Sun. May 29 – Manchester, UK – YES (Basement)
Mon. May 30 – Birmingham, UK – The Hare and Hounds
Tue. May 31 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms

Wed. Jun. 01 – Lille, FR – La Bulle Café
Thu. Jun. 02 – Luxembourg, LX – Rotondes
Fri. Jun. 03 – Kreuzlingen, CH – Horst
Mon. Jun. 06 – Caen, FR – Portobello Rock Club
Tue. Jun. 07 – Paris, FR – Supersonic
Thu. Jun. 09 – Cologne, DE – Bumann & Sohn
Fri. Jun. 10 – Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
Sat. Jun. 11 – Mannheim, DE – Maifeld Derby

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