Swallow were one of those 4AD bands that I always really liked, but never knew that much about. Here’s what the 4AD site has to say about them:

Swallow were a duo of instrumentalist Mike Mason and vocalist Louise Trehy whose music juggled elements of My Bloody Valentine, The Cocteau Twins and Curve. They released one album proper, Blow, as well as Blowback, a 4AD ‘Temporary Release’ featuring largely instrumental remixes.

I know live recordings of theirs are pretty hard to come by so I wanted to post this just in case there are some other Swallow fans out there. I traded with a guy in the UK for a couple of live recordings years ago and I’ve never seen any since. This song comes from their August 1992 show at The Camden Underground in the UK. Sorry for the poor quality.
[audio: http://thesoundofindie.com/archive/2006/20060816/Swallow-SugarYourMind.mp3|titles=Sugar Your Mind (Live) |artists=Swallow]
Download: Swallow – Sugar Your Mind (Live)


  1. Nice! Did you ever pick up ‘Blowback’, the remixed/remastered version of ‘Blow’? It’s soooo much better than the original. I need to pull that off the shelf, it’s been too long.

  2. Great info!

    I have both Blow, Blowback, discs and the Hush single but I have never seen a photo of Louise Trehy and Mike Mason nor have I ever come across any information about them that’s over three sentences.

    Great music from these two. I only wish they had released more.

  3. There is a myspace page for swallow…….swallow4ad I think. And there is a rumour that there is another album of unreleased tracks being made……….such an underated band!

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