This morning I woke up with a beautiful feeling of satisfaction, and its not what you're thinking dirty birds because its all about the music. Instantly I remembered the amazing show I saw last night and it all made sense. Current Swell was all about their music this past evening when they brought down the house at Republik. These boys literally blew me away. They were a head smashing, boot stomping good time. Their instrumental prowess far exceeds the average musical bear. Every song they played had so much energy and heart it made me see these guys in a new light. It's extraordinary that live performances connect you to musicians in that special way. I was touched by the band's attention to detail for everything they were doing. While interviewing Scott, the lead singer, he emphasized how much playing live music means to them. He said "once you have the energy of the crowd it helps a lot. It's fun to play with people, but its fun to have a lot of people love what you're doing and feed off of that." I asked if its disappointing to play for an audience who isn't paying attention and he said most definitely. "I don't like people who go to festivals because its cool to go to festivals. You go to festivals to listen to awesome bands; you go to shows to listen to awesome bands. You don't go to shows because that's what everyone else is doing." Scott said he would prefer to have 10 people in the crowd who want to see their music versus 100 people in the crowd who don't really care. We both agreed that much of North American music culture has been focused around partying and sometimes we lose track of what music means to us. We are obsessed with consuming ,and our music aspirations have trended towards that. In Calgary there was no distracted eyes in the audience as each and every person stared intently into the souls of these boys from Victoria. At one point ever person in the crowd put their arms around each other and a sea of human chains was created. You could feel so much love in the crowd as we all swayed to the soft silky sounds floating across the stage. With a roaring audience and a sold-out show I bet Current Swell felt the love as much as we did.
Current Swell has been busy the past while. Scott stated they toured in Australia, Brazil, UK and Europe. They spent the last year touring and he stated "it's heavan and hell" to be on the road for such a long time. "The heaven and hell is that we love performing, we love being on stage, but travelling is a nuisance; sometimes being at home and creating music and writing music is just as equal." With so many wonderful shows to choose from Scott concluded it was too hard to pick just one. He figured it was a good thing to have too many favorites. I asked if they ever had big problems on the road and he said, "I think its really good to headbutt once in a while." It's hard for me to believe these guys disagree on anything since they have amazing chemistry on stage. Scott said, "we love each other and we love performing." As soon as their show ended, they all hugged each other with the warmest of embraces. I melted to see such pride and happiness spilling from these band members. I can honestly feel that Current Swell pours their heart into making good music
Current Swell is finishing their Western Canadian tour with three more shows in Alberta, then who knows whats next? There most recent album 'Long Time Ago' is full of numerous tracks so no one will get bored anytime soon. One of my friend's expressed that he once did a road trip across Canada with only one CD in his car; Current Swell's 'Protect Your Own." I've personally been humming to their songs all day long! I can't get enough of these strapping young lads. I hope their success will forever match their talents because they deserve it. They jam hard on every type of guitar, harmonica, drum set and sometimes a trombone. Yes that's right my friends they had a trombonist blowing made horn on stage last night. He even had lots of dance moves to go along with his notes. I won't be forgetting this show for a very long time.
It's going to take me a few days to get their songs our of my head but I don't mind at all. Here are some of the tracks they played last night. My favourites were Long Time Ago, Brad's Song and Cursed. I also included a video of the band performing a stripped version of Long Time Ago while standing in a stream. Their humble attitudes always shine through because they don't look for flashy show gimmics; in the video their talented bass guitarist is using rocks as instuments! Just making beats with some rocks. God I seem to love them more every video of theirs I watch. Buy their album on Itunes because you never know when you will be on a road trip with just one album...
Peace and lots of Current Swell love,
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