West coast band Current Swell heads to City

Victoria’s Current Swell are taking a break from writing and rehearsing songs from their upcoming 2014 release and are hitting the road.

Red Deer is on the list of stops, with the guys performing Oct. 6 at Bo’s Bar & Grill.

Special guests Jon and Roy will be joining Current Swell for the tour.

Current Swell (Scott Stanton, Dave Lang, Ghosty and Chris Petersen) have built a name for themselves through countless years of performing.

The band is currently on the road with the newest addition to their discography Long Time Ago, capturing new and old fans with their live performances. They have toured Canada many times as well as Brazil and the U.S. and have shared the stage with acts like Xavier Rudd, Bedouin Soundclash, K-OS, K’Naan, Ron Sexsmith and even the Beach Boys.

They also recently released the album in Europe followed by a 32-day tour including stops in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

This past spring the CD dropped in Australia followed by theatre shows with SOJA and two performances at the infamous Byron Bay Bluesfest that featured Iggy Pop, Paul Simon, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Santana, John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire and many more.

They have also enjoyed the Canadian festival circuit with stops at Ottawa Bluesfest, the 2010 Olympics, Junofest, Rifflandia and Salmon Arm Roots and Blues.

Jon and Roy went searching for something intangible while recording Let It Go and suffice it to say, they found it.

Freedom from artistic constraints and from audience expectations became a recurring theme for the pair during the creation of the new album.

If there was one rule for longtime friends and collaborators Jon Middleton (guitar/vocals) and Roy Vizer (drums/percussion), it was to have no rules at all.

The result of that feeling of freedom is a laid-back sounding but catchy record with enough diversity to have listeners putting the album on repeat.

Right from the first strums of Middleton’s acoustic guitar in album opener Mountain Town, through to the instrumental-filled Time Of Dyin’, fans will be hard-pressed to find a track that doesn’t make them want to tap their toes and hum along.

The upbeat riff in Vibrant Scene and ska-infused horns on title track Let It Go, perfectly balance out the mellower, lazy afternoon style songs like Kesey.

-Weber

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