Victoria, B.C.’s Current Swell are set to release their new album, Ulysses, on May 6, 2014. The 12-tracks on Ulysses perfectly deliver the band’s textured, deep-groove sound while capturing the energy of their live show, which has earned them scores of fans across The Americas, Australia and Europe. The band will debut many of these new songs next month in Austin during SXSW.
Ulysses was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Giant Stand) at Vancouver’s iconic Greenhouse Studios. The album captures every bit of warmth the studio’s massive Neve console could provide, as heard on “Rollin’” (a showcase for Stanton’s exemplary slide work), the title track “Ulysses,” rocker “Keys to the Kingdom” and the ready-made sing-along “One Day I’ll Be Rich.”
While Current Swell spent the better part of six months recording their previous album (and Nettwerk debut), 2012’s Long Time Ago, the four band members entered the studio with a clear goal and knocked Ulysses out in 20 days.
“We got in the studio, put our heads down, got it down and we were out,” vocalist/guitarist Scott Stanton says with a laugh. “It was so refreshing. We didn’t over think anything. As long as we could re-create it live, that was our only rule.”
Current Swell is Scott Stanton (vocals/guitar), David Lang (vocals/guitar), Ghosty Boy (bass) and Chris Petersen (drums). From appearances at key festivals from Australia to Canada (Byron Bay Bluesfest, Peats Ridge, Rock The Shores, Ottawa Bluesfest and more), to sold-out headline tours of Brazil, to support slots with such established artists as Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, The Tragically Hip and even The Beach Boys, Current Swell’s infectious sound and raucous live shows have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans around the word. In 2011, Current Swell earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project and headlined a Canada Day concert to a crowd of 45,000.