Current Swell has been riding the wave of their critically acclaimed album Ulysses since its release in 2014. Rock stations across the country took notice of the album’s first single “Rollin’” and listeners soon followed suit. Their follow-up single “Keys to the Kingdom” received even more airplay and solidified their reputation as one of Canada’s most promising up-and-coming rock acts with a uniquely energetic and authentic sound.
While the album was Current Swell’s first impression on many listeners, they had been building their status on the west coast for nearly a decade prior to its release. In fact, they put out four full-length albums between 2005 and 2011 and shared the stage with acts like The Beach Boys and Bedoin Soundclash. In 2010 they played the Winter Olympics and the Ottawa Blues Festival. In 2011 they won Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project, collecting the $100,500 top prize and playing in front of 45,000 people.
Ulysses was a milestone both professionally and musically; the band wavered from their acoustic reggae roots to a more polished alternative rock sound with strong blues influences. Their 2017 album When to Talk and When to Listen marked yet another change in their style, featuring an upbeat, pop-folk sound. The album was met with mixed reviews, and numerous critics cited the band’s lack of consistency. In regard to the criticism, frontman Scott Stanton remarked, “Every record is different… we want to reach as many people as we can and travel the world doing it.”
And travel the world they have. Current Swell hit the road in support of When to Talk and When to Listen in April. They played over 20 shows in the United States, beginning in Brooklyn and wrapping up in California. Wasting no time upon their return, they released an EP featuring several acoustic versions of songs from When to Talk and When to Listen. In June, they embarked on a European tour with dates in numerous countries including Germany, England and Austria. The journey culminated with a set at the Midzomernacht festival in the Netherlands on June 23rd.
Although the tour did not include any Canadian dates, hometown fans need not be concerned. Current Swell is slated to play the Skookum festival in Vancouver on September 8th. They’ll go on to share headlining duties with Daniel Caesar and Jessie Reyez at Rifflandia in Victoria on September 16th.
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