18 Nov 2020

WATCH: Dianne Swann's new single 'These Are The Days'

From RNZ Music, 10:00 am on 18 November 2020

Dianne Swann, frontwoman of The Bads has released a new solo single. ‘These Are The Days’ highlights the realities of climate change, mass consumption and over population.

‘These Are The Days’ is the second single from Dianne’s forthcoming debut solo album, and follows ‘Show Your Heart’, which came out in April.

Click here to stream or purchase 'These Are The Days'

Dianne wrote the song back in January when Auckland’s sky turned brown as a result of raging bushfires in Australia: “It was such a sad and sobering day. Torrential rain and wild storms followed soon after and I had such a strong feeling - this is really happening, and it is happening fast. Mother Earth is fighting back.”

‘These Are The Days’ highlights the impact humans are having on the planet and is an urgent call for people to take collective action now.

“It is a timely call to action. A global enlistment for a global battle. One we can’t afford to lose.”

Featuring Dianne on vocals and guitar, Chris O'Connor on drums, Ben King on bass & guitar, Dave Khan on keys, Sandy Mill on vocals, and Brett Adams on guitar,  ‘These Are The Days’ was engineered by Tom Broome and mixed in the UK by Steve Power (Blur, Baby Bird, Julian Cope, Robbie Williams, British Sea Power).

Dianne Swann is one of Aotearoa’s most prolific singers and songwriters. She began her career in the mid-80s fronting the band Everything That Flies and singing with vocal supergroup When The Cat’s Away.

In the early 90s she relocated to London where she formed The Julie Dolphin with ex-Mocker Brett Adams. Their debut album Lit (1993) received critical acclaim with lead single ‘Birthday’ receiving coverage from NME and spins on American college radio.

The band embarked on headline and played main support for Radiohead. This led to Dianne recording with Radiohead, providing backing vocals for ‘How Can You Be Sure’ the b-side to ‘Fake Plastic Trees’.

In 2003, Dianne relocated back to New Zealand where she and partner Brett Adams formed alt/rock duo The Bads who have to date, released four albums to critical acclaim.

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