Current Swell

Sun. Sep 11, 2022 at 7:30pm MDT
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Current Swell

SAIT Alumin & Development Present: SAITSA's 100th Celebration!

Current Swell with The Static Shift, Blonde Diamond and more

Doors: 7:00pm

Current Swell are done with talking.

“If this is our time, why don’t we take it?” singer Scott Stanton sings on Current Swell’s newest album. “If this is our life, why would we waste it talking the night away?”. The band have been talking for almost a decade, now, and — make no mistake — talking well at that.

And people have been listening intently for just as long. After winning the (102.7 FM) Peak Performance Project in 2011, fans all across the world took notice of the Vancouver Island-based band and their West Coast rock sound. The band’s success has been based off their ability to talk in profound and uplifting ways, whether about unconditional love (‘Young and Able’ ), the cycle of life and death (‘When To Talk and When To Listen’ ), or fame and success (‘Keys To The Kingdom’ ). Their talking has led them to sold-out tours in North America, Brazil, and Europe, with thousands of tickets sold across four continents and well over 50 million streams worldwide. But now, Current Swell say, the band is finished with talking. Why talk, anyway, when you can shout, stomp, and sway?

Swell do all of the above on their latest album, and the result is a piece of work that roars with energy and bristles with the sound of a band making music that they love. This energy is nothing new for Swell. For as long as they’ve played music, it has been manifested in their breakneck and bombastic live performances that have thrilled audiences from Austria to Australia, Seattle to São Paulo, and everywhere in between.

And now that relentlessness is translated into their recorded work. Songs like ‘High Life’ and ‘If This Is Our Time’ are powerful, driving rock anthems, and even slower songs like ‘Bring It On Home’ and ‘Gone From Me’ still pulse with melancholic importance. Just because Swell are done with talking doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to say. Ironically, the recording process has been anything but relentless. The album, produced by Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan) with Current Swell and mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Yves Jarvis) and Gus Van Go (The Stills, Arkells, Sam Roberts), was recorded a few days at a time, in fact, with weeks and months between each session. The time between has been spent on writing, listening, and re-writing each cymbal crash, guitar chord, and keyboard line. As a result, the album has a special kind of cohesive energy. The energy is assured and comfortable, but as far from complacent as you can get. “‘ If This Is Our Time’ and ‘Bring It On Home’ were both songs from 2016 that Scott and I wrote together that didn’t get recorded and that kept both Scott and I in a state of regret,” notes Dave Lang. “Did that song slip away? We made a point of recording ‘Bring It On Home’ first to squash that feeling like we had some unfinished business. Taking our sweet time and nurturing the song helped lay out the recording process for the rest of the sessions.”

Current Swell have spent their time building up energy, buoyed by the return of founding member Louis Sadava on bass and the fact that they’re making music that they like. It’s easy to hear it in the tracks. It’s impossible to listen to ‘Buffalo’ and not smile and tap your feet, and you can tell the band felt the exact same way in the studio. Renewed and rejuvenated, Stanton, Sadava, Lang, and co. are stepping into the expectations of a new album and a new tour with a hard-earned confidence and a wellworn grin.

This is Current Swell’s time, and they’re taking it.




The Static Shift

The Static Shift; the dynamic Indie Canadian rock & roll trio, powered by Mitchell Brady (guitar/lead vocals), Kyle Tenove (bass) and Taylor Miles (drums). With a sound described as tight and unquestionably groovy, The Static Shift aims to transport audiences away through a soulful musical experience. Inspired by classic rock and blues sounds, as well as alternative, indie, and psychedelic rock, the group has only begun their journey to produce sweet, sonic goodness. With multiple successful albums under their belt, including singles “Wide Awake” and “1965” which hit #7 and #14 on the Canada Active Rock charts respectively, The Static Shift continues to build a passionate and sincere following. They’ve toured and performed alongside the likes of Billy Talent, Collective Soul, April Wine, Kansas, Big Sugar, Walk Off The Earth, and Trooper. When you find your feet momentarily planted in the presence of one of their electrifying shows, you can expect a whole lot of character fuelled rock blasting from their very souls.

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MacEwan Ballroom 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
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