Members: Colin Thompson - vocals/guitar; Mai Diaz Longou - vocals/guitar; Cian O'Ruanaidh - bass/vocals Established Date: 2019 Record Label: Mint 400 Records Bandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

istening to SWiiMS can be an emotional experience but in the best sense of the word. The Canadian trio’s ethereal dream pop sound hits like a mega dose of comforting musical nostalgia. Feelings long dormant inside you are suddenly reawakened. 

Drawing inspiration from an array of heavy-hearted throwback genres like 80s New Wave, 90s Indie Rock, Britpop, and Shoegaze, the band weaves an enchanting sonic tapestry that takes hold of you and won’t let go.

SWiiMS was formed during the summer prior to the COVID-19 pandemic after Mai Diaz Langou and Colin Thompson connected through, of all things, a local Craigslist Musicians Wanted ad. Both guitarists and vocalists, their chemistry was instantaneous. The addition of bassist and vocalist Cian O’Ruanaidh followed shortly thereafter and everything clicked.