"Sleepwalking" by SWIM | Press Release | 11.05.2021



 SWIM wrapped up their loaded 2021 release slate with their Sleepwalking EP, a collection of songs which includes the four singles the group released between January and May and debuts their fifth single, Sleepwalking. These five songs represent the first third of SWIM’s forthcoming debut LP and offer listeners the opportunity to sample the album’s singles as they anticipate the release of the full-length record in 2022.

Sleepwalking is a song originally penned by lead singer Dan McCaffrey in December 2019. After the chord progression, lyrics, and early melodies were captured in a GarageBand demo late one night, McCaffrey presented the idea to Riviezzo, Morelli, and D’Angio as a clean, deliberate pop hook which was written to serve as an album-opener. With the help of producer Nick Zinnanti of ZIN Records (Sony/ATV Music Publishing), the track quickly developed to take on its distinct 80s-influenced, alternative dance-pop sound.

SWIM called upon a wide variety of influences while perfecting Sleepwalking in the studio, including The Black Keys, Bleachers, and COIN. “Sleepwalking is a song which is meant to capture and communicate that vulnerability that you may feel when you desperately want something to work out even while you know deep down inside that, for reasons out of your control, it probably won’t,” says lead vocalist Dan McCaffrey. “I think that four of us agreed early on that the doubt and longing this song conveys we’re underlying themes in the album we were sort of conceptualizing, and so this track just felt naturally like a good opening statement for both this EP and for the LP, ultimately..”

After agreeing that Sleepwalking stood out as a good choice to open the album, the band needed to be sure that it delivered just enough energy and peaked the interest of their listeners just enough to keep them interested in what’s to come. “For this song, we leaned heavily into what we believed was a strong melody and built the rest of the song around that and a good groove in the percussion. Our producer and friend Nick Zinnanti helped us to fit in some counter melodies and guitar licks here and there, but truly this song is all about engaging in the story that the lyrics are describing for you,” said lead guitarist Nick Riviezzo. Bassist and keyboardist Pat Morelli added: “Oh Honey, The Chase, Never Knew, and Moonlight were all written as compositions woven into the greater tapestry of this album which has always felt like an eventuality to us, and Sleepwalking is the very first installment. So there was a tone that needed to be set. When we put it together with the other four singles, we got the Sleepwalking EP, and that was our way of wrapping up this first chapter and giving our fans an idea of what they can expect from an LP which we have grown so proud of.” 

“Simply put, we had a blast writing, recording, and producing Sleepwalking, and we hope that you have a blast listening to it. This song came together quickly; the best ones always do,” said drummer Brian D’Angio. “The Sleepwalking EP is just the beginning, and we hope that our listeners will be sticking around to hear the full story very soon.”

SWIM’s Sleepwalking - EP contains five singles from their forthcoming debut LP and debuts Sleepwalking, the album’s first track. 

Oh Honey
The Chase 
Never Knew

Listeners can stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and other platforms NOW. For more information on upcoming releases, follow SWIM on Instagram @swimbandny.

SWIM is Dan McCaffrey(vocals), Nick Riviezzo(guitar), Pat Morelli(bass, keys) and Brian D'Angio(drums). The band draws influence from other artists such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Neon Trees, Coldplay, One Republic, and COIN.


Find Out More: www.swimbandny.com 

SWIM is a pop-rock band originating from Stony Brook, NY. The members of SWIM inherited a love for classic rock and combined it with their love for indie rock (The Strokes, The Kooks, The Killers) and pop-rock (One Direction, Coldplay, The Lumineers) to create a modern pop-rock sound that is fun and refreshing. Dan McCaffrey(24), Nick Riviezzo (25), Brian D’Angio (21), and Pat Morelli (21) , friends since high school, the members of SWIM have taken time to develop their sound into a refreshing pop-rock sound that is as authentic as it is radio ready. After emerging as one of the top band’s on Long Island, SWIM has captured the nation’s attention performing at stages such as SXSW in Austin, TX. Following the 2017 release of SWIM's sophomore effort Finally, Someone, SWIM broke through with their first single “Heartbeat Connection” which has gathered over 250,000 streams on Spotify. SWIM debuts a fine-tuned, focused bid at powerful, alternative rock laced with pop overtones, with songs that revolve around themes of love lost, love found, and love longed-for. SWIM has just begun to work with Christina Chirumbolo (Daya, Renee Rapp) of CMC Records, who saw the opportunity to work with a promising young pop band, in an age of solo pop artists.

Follow SWIM: