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Sweeping Promises

INTRODUCING: Sweeping Promises, the duo sign to Sub Pop & drop single "Pain Without A Touch". UK tour dates announced!

This week 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.

The band, led by Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug with live touring drummer Spenser Gralla have also announced UK & European tour dates for 2022.


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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