GLOO release new single ‘Swimming In Your Sea’

GLOO release new single ‘Swimming In Your Sea’

Taken from new album ‘HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY’
Set for release 27TH AUGUST 2021 via HASSLE RECORDS

Band recently announced an album release show, plus full Sept/Oct UK tour

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South-coast 3 piece indie-punks GLOO have announced new single ‘Swimming In Your Sea’ which is taken from the bands high anticipated new album ‘HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY’ out 27th August via Hassle Records.

Listen to ‘Swimming In Your Sea’ HERE.

Speaking on the new song the band said – “Gloo’s aim has always been to help people escape, whilst at the same time evolving with each release we put out. This song for us does exactly that, but this time proudly showcasing our other inspirations with a slightly more laid-back cocktail whilst still giving you enough distortion to smash your glass when the chorus comes.

“The writing of ‘Swimming In Your Sea’ was one of them rare and insane times where the song was written from start to finish in about half an hour! I (Tom) was actually kind of drifting in and out of a film and fucking around on the guitar playing the main riff from ‘Serve the Servants’ by Nirvana when I changed it out of boredom and suddenly my ear perked up with this new modified version I had subconsciously been playing. As soon as I heard my new riff I was like I’ve gotta finish this and did!”

“The scene in the film I was half watching was a clear blue swimming pool somewhere hot and just looked so inviting that I wanted to jump right into the TV and start swimming in it and that’s where the song name and lyric came from. I was also going through a bit of turmoil at the time with a shit relationship and I really liked the idea that the song had a hidden dark theme where in a bitter sweet way, she (my-ex) was this perfectly blue crustal ocean you couldn’t resist, but deep down you know you’re so completely and utterly engulfed in it that you’re too deep to get out and could drown. In terms of live, Swimming in Your Sea has to be one of our most powerful and transformative songs aesthetically that we’ve ever made, especially in an uplifting way. When we first played this in the room together, it almost made the room turn blue and start dripping water. With a little help from my secret aquatic guitar pedal effect for good measure.”

‘HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY’ packs 10 tracks of escapism that reflect the drudgery of the everyday but seek to shrug it off over the course of a thirty-minute blur of power-pop, post-grunge and punk rock. The album was recorded with producer Jag Jago (The Maccabees, Jamie T, The Ghost Of A Thousandacross the summer of 2020, in-between local lockdowns, travel bans and COVID restrictions.

The band recently announced a run of UK tour dates in support of their new album

You can see the band at the following dates:

27th – Edge By The Sea, Littlehampton (album release show)

3rd – The Hobbit, Southampton
4th – Soma Festival, London
15th – Bloc+, Glasgow
16th – Little Buildings, Newcastle
17th – Play Brew Taproom, Middlesborough
18th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
21st – The Factory Live, Worthing
27th – The Malt Shovel, Horsham
29th – Green Door Store, Brighton
30th – Whiskers, Newquay

1st – Apple and Parrot, Torquay
7th – The Jacaranda, Liverpool
8th – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester
9th – The Lanes, Bristol



1. I Can’t Hear Myself Think
2. Ride
3. Work So Hard
4. No One Give’s A Fuck
5. Swimming In Your Sea
6. Take The Piss
7. Down 
8. Permanent
9. Big Smoke 
10. Rizla


Formed in 2017 by brothers Thomas (vocals/guitar) and Mark Harfield (drums) – the three-piece’s line-up minted soon after by the addition of bassist and Tom’s old school friend Simon Keet – GLOO, it’s important to understand, are not in the business of serious rock ‘n’ roll. No, that can be left to the po-faced for whom being in a band seems more chore than enjoyment. Being raised on listening to AC/DC in your dad’s car will shape your view of music in such a way. Growing up in a place such as Littlehampton, a faded seaside town on England’s south coast 20 miles east of Brighton and a world away from London’s bright lights, instils a certain appreciation for life’s simple things. But if we’re not here for a long time, we might as well have a good time, right?

GLOO’s debut album ‘A Pathetic Youth’ and subsequent ‘Stop And Stare’ EP laid down the musical blueprint for the band, echoing the likes of Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du and Sugar – three-pieces who similarly preached of the power in the purity of when guitar, bass and drums collide – and earned support from the likes of Spotify, Radio 1 (Dan P. Carter, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens) and Kerrang!. The band’s high-octane live shows, meanwhile, won fans the old-fashioned way via support slots with Press Club, Queen Kwong and Demob Happy, and appearances at festivals including 2000Trees and The Great Escape.The lessons learned during those years have all coalesced into shaping not only How Not To Be Happy’s sound – a more melodic, looser, slacker GLOO – but also its spirit.


Thomas Harfield – guitar & vox / Mark Harfield – drums & vox / Simon Keet – bass & vox

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