Single Review: Sway – Michael Phelps of the Ocean

Sway 'Michael Phelps of the Ocean' Album Artwork

Sway are a four piece Alternative rock/Indie Band based in Paisley, Renfrewshire and they are made up of Matt Aitchison on Guitar, Jonjoe McGirr on Guitar, Craig Milroy on Bass and David Roberts on Drums. I’ve also reviewed other music by Sway which you can check out here and here. If you’d like to learn more about the band I also did this interview with them that you can check out here as well. Today I’ll be reviewing their singles ‘Michael Phelps of the Ocean’ and ‘Haven’.

‘Michael Phelps of the Ocean’ really kicks things up a notch, I’d go as far as to say that this track would have you swaying….haha, terrible jokes aside, this is a track that gets you moving. I mean I tend to do these reviews while I’m on the move, during boring bus journey to occupy myself, but I literally couldn’t do it with that song, I needed to be doing something more active while listening to it, and all in all it just added that little something to my day to day life. I think that this song in particular gave the band a chance to show off their stuff, the extended instrumental parts showed how skilled the band were and how well they worked together and I enjoyed it immensely. I should add that while it felt as if this song focused more on the instruments it didn’t lack anything lyrically and when compared to Haven it’s clear that these songs both do different things and should be appreciated on those levels. Craig was also nice enough to give me a little insight into the name for this track:

“It’s a quote from our Guitarists brother Benji, he came back from holiday in Barcelona with his now ex-girlfriend and he was going on about swimming in the ocean until he finally said he was the Michael Phelps of the Ocean. And it just kinda stuck with me through the years”

So as well as our main track ‘Michael Phelps of the Ocean’ we also have a bonus track I’ve reviewed called ‘Haven’ and you can read it below.

‘Haven’ is just one of those songs that’s easy to listen to, it’s not too heavy it’s just something with a nice sound and some good vocals. At first I thought it was just a really good song to have on in the background, something to add a little colour but after a few listens I really started to appreciate the song, in fact it got me to shut up for a while and anyone who knows me will tell you how rare that actually is. I asked Craig Milroy, singer and bassist for Sway to tell me a little more about the story behind Haven and he had this to say:

“Well for Haven the other track on the single. Our drummer Div was saying he had wrote a song for the band, it turned out all he had was a title and a riff so he asked me to make a song out of it. Matt the other vocalist and the lead guitarist in the band had been seeing a girl at the time and it was bringing everyone in the band down, including himself so the lyrics are about us looking at all this happening and trying to help him through”

I think we’ve all dealt with relationship issues like that in our lives and maybe that’s why I appreciated the song so much.

So that’s what I thought of Sway’s singles ‘Michael Phelps of the Ocean’ and ‘Haven’ and if you want to check those out then head on over to Bandcamp. Support the band by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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