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Free Swim is the music of Secondary School Lab Technician Paul Coltofeanu from Reigate in Surrey, UK. Having squandered the opportunity of a lifetime with another band in his early 20s, Paul ploughed headfirst into a six year wilderness of regret, woe and countless Friday evenings with little but a discontinued Casio keyboard, a growing collection of Frank Zappa records and a temperamental 8 Track
Recorder for company.
After much time spent regrouping at All Tomorrow's Parties, wandering the streets of Brooklyn and getting lost in Eastern Europe, Paul created Free Swim in which he plays & sings everything while patient flat-mate David Knight contributes spoken word monologues.
The first 4 ‘surreal concept’ EPs have all been released on Paul’s very own Sex Farm Records label (http://sexfarmrecords.tumblr.com/) and been acclaimed for their lyrical whimsy and musical proficiency, culminating in support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio and XFM. They are all available to download from http://freeswim.bandcamp.com.
The first incarnation of the Free Swim live show took to the road in 2011 featuring Paul and David augmented by Ryan, Steve and Joe (who performed in an animal suit as Yolanda the Panda).
In October 2012, The Guardian broadcast a 360° video session of Free Swim playing 3 songs filmed at The Hospital Club in London in association with The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio. The band also recorded their first BBC Introducing Session in the same month.
Free Swim released "A Rip-Roaring Christmas" single on 03/12/12.
radio1 (huw), 6 music (lamacq, cerys, gideon coe, nemone, tom robinson, jon hillcock), xfm (john kennedy)