Victoria, B.C.-based Current Swell return to the U.S. in support of their recent album, Long Time Ago, which was released via Nettwerk on October 16th.
Opening for Dispatch last year, this is the band’s second tour in the US. The independent band started with modest expectations, playing shows in settings that ranged from backyards to beaches and using social media to grow their audience. Since then, they have supported artists like Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys, The Tragically Hip and more.
Since forming in 2005, Current Swell’s west coast influenced sound—an infectious combination of blues, roots, pop and rock—have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans from Canada to Brazil, where they recently returned from headlining two major festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Last summer, Current Swell not only headlined a Canada Day concert in front of a crowd of 45,000, but they also earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project, an annual professional development program designed to promote, develop and launch the careers of emerging artists through extensive marketing support, including a $100,000+ award.
Through the years of constant touring and slow but steady build of momentum, Current Swell—Scott Stanton (vocals/guitar), David Lang (vocals/guitar), Ghosty Boy (bass) and Chris Petersen (drums)—have continuously grown as songwriters and live performers, while keeping their sound authentic to who they are as individuals and as a unit.
Victoria, B.C.-based roots rock outfit Current Swell have announced tour dates in the U.S. in support of their new album, Long Time Ago, which was released via Nettwerk on October 16th. The band will make two special east coast stops in New York City (Monday, November 19th) and Rochester, NY (Tuesday, November 20th) before heading back to the west coast for a December run of dates starting in Portland, OR on the 7th (full list of dates below). This marks Current Swell’s first official headline tour in the States; the band recently opened for Dispatch on a small run of west coast dates.
Since forming in 2005, Current Swell’s west coast influenced sound—an infectious combination of blues, roots, pop and rock—have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans from Canada to Brazil, where they recently returned from headlining two major festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The independent band started with modest expectations, playing shows in settings that ranged from backyards to beaches and using social media to grow their audience. Since then, they have supported artists like Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys, The Tragically Hip and more. Last summer, Current Swell not only headlined a Canada Day concert in front of a crowd of 45,000, but they also earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project, a professional development program designed to help emerging artists.
(Keep reading for more information and tour dates.)
Victoria, B.C.'s Current Swell has announced that they'll join Dispatch on four special tour dates starting later this week in Vancouver (9/20), Seattle (9/21), Portland (9/22) and Los Angeles (9/26). The roots rock fivesome will release their Nettwerk debut, Long Time Ago, on October 16. Check out the video for single "Too Cold" above.
Current Swell on tour with Dispatch:
Thur, Sept 20: Vancouver BC, Commodore
Fri, Sept 21: Seattle WA, The Moore Theater
Sat, Sept 22: Portland OR, The Roseland Theater
Wed, Sept 26: Los Angeles CA, The Palladium
Following the announcement of their forthcoming album - Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out October 22 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records) – State Radio partners with Rolling Stone to reveal their latest single, “Big Man.” The track is one of this week’s featured “Daily Downloads”; click HERE.
As the largest international protest, The Occupy Movement inspired the story behind “Big Man.” A song about the social and economic inequality within the financial structure -- with a shout out to the late Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire) as well as references to Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom) - “Big Man” comes out one year after Occupy Wall Street received wide coverage on September 17, 2011.
"With the one year anniversary of The Occupy Movement approaching, I'm proud of our contingent here in Boston on the front lines. The song is about the economic disparity between Wall Street and the rest of us, while referencing Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom). Playing at Boston's Dewey Square was a dream for me. I was so honored to be there, let alone play music, for our brothers and sisters who are making a stand against injustice and corruption," – says lead singer/guitarist Chad Stokes.
Dispatch & State Radio singer Chadwick Stokes presents Simerkane I and the Fall River Sybils, available now. The album is a re-release of the early State Radio EP Simmer Kane, with five additional tracks. The added tracks are a dedication to his wife Sybil, and a nod to the great Fall River. Some of the tracks ("Sybil I," "Sybil II" and "Sybil III" and "Indian Moon") were recorded in Fall River, MA. The final track, "FridaMae," is a new song written for their newborn daughter. To listen to the full album, see above.
1. Keep Sake
2. Heady Riser
3. The Waitress
4. Hopeless Tender
5. Sybil I
6. Sybil II
7. Sybil III
8. Indian Moon
Dispatch has unveiled the official music video for their single and title track from their forthcoming album, Circles Around The Sun. The video, which premeired last week on Vevo.com, was directed by Eric Heimbold and is dedicated to Larry Perry, a young disabled man who (legend has it) was sent unwillingly into space by NASA in the ‘60s. The video features footage of the band and Larry during various point of his life from childhood to adult as well as archived footage from NASA.
“Circles Around The Sun is the legend of our friend Larry Perry, who passed away this past year," guitarist-vocalist Chad Urmston told Rolling Stone. Whether the legend of Perry’s voyage into space is actually true is still debated amongst conspiracy theorists and his story has been told in How’s Your News, an American television series and feature film that aired on MTV and captivated audiences. The video is a tribute to Larry. To find out more about Larry Perry, click HERE.
Circles Around The Sun is the group's first studio album in twelve years and will be released on August 21st on the band’s own Bomber Records. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), the album is an eclectic rock and roll record that delivers on the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting, and radiant harmonies that earned the band its diehard fanbase.
Yesterday, Dispatch premeired their single and title track from their forthcoming album, Circles Around The Sun, on RollingStone.com (HERE). The album, the first in over a decade, will be released on August 21st on the band’s own Bomber Records. Watch the lyric video and listen to the track above.
Circles Around The Sun is the group’s first studio album in twelve years and was produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National). The album is an eclectic rock and roll record that delivers on the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting, and radiant harmonies that earned the band its diehard fanbase. Available now on the band's web store, a limited quantity of music and merch bundles are available including: deluxe vinyl with a 28 page hardcover book, CDs, apparel, autographed photo prints, and more. For a complete breakdown of the various bundles available, click HERE.
Dispatch have shared a second track, called "Josaphine," from their upcoming album Cirles Around The Sun, out August 21st (Bomber Records). This marks their first new full-length album in 12 years. Consquence Of Sound commented on the new track, "It’s gentle, shimmery guitar work and crystalline harmonies are perfect for a moonlight waltz with your sweetheart." Listen to "Josaphine" below.
Nettwerk Records has signed Dispatch to a label deal for Europe, and will release their upcoming album Circles Around The Sun in mid-August. This is the band's first studio album in 12 years, and first ever label-supported release in the Europen territory.
Earlier this year, Dispatch made their way over to Europe for the fist time in their careers. Despite having never released an album or toured there previously, Dispatch sold out the majority of their tour dates, and were forced to move their London show to a bigger venue due to popular demand. The sold-out show in Cologne, Germany was streamed live by German music television show Rockpalast and can still be viewed HERE.
Circles Around The Sun is an eclectic all-American rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting and radiant harmonies that has earned the band fans throughout countless countries.
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.