Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Current Swell

Current SwellBritish Columbia’s Current Swell will play Toronto’s The Rivoli tomorrow night as part of Canadian Music Week. Ahead of the show, A Music Blog, Yea? had the opportunity of speaking with the band to discuss their new album Ulysses, choreographed dance routines, and asshats. Read the entire interview below:

AMBY: Hello Current Swell, welcome to our site. What’s the band been up to lately?

Current Swell: We just polished off a fantastic Europe tour with our good friends the Skints from London.  Highlight of the tour was probably Amsterdam.  It probably goes without saying, but people there know how to have a good time.

AMBY: How would you describe each member of Current Swell in one word?

Current Swell: Ah I love these!  Let’s take the entire scope of someone’s life experiences, all of their dreams and talents and ambitions, and funnel it into a single word fit for public consumption!  Let’s up the stakes a little and do vehicles. Scotty: Boat, Davers: Train, Ghosty: Subway, Crispy: Satellite.

AMBY: You soon release your new album Ulysses on May 6th. What can fans expect to hear from the record?

Current Swell: We’re proud of the new record.  We’ve evolved as a band and these new songs reflect that.  There’s energy on this record that we haven’t captured before.  The songs cross a broad sonic landscape that spans from rock to roots to psychedelic.  As a band we’re learning how to better capture the soul and spirit of a song on record.

AMBY: What’s your favourite memory from the songwriting or recording process?

Current Swell: It’s hard to pick one, but we really had a good time singing this record.  There’s a lot of big harmonies happening and there were nights when we’d all sit around with some drinks, singing these different arrangements together, and then jump into the live room and roll tape.  Sometimes we’d take turns, sometimes wed just all go in together.

AMBY: When it comes to the title, what’s the significance behind Ulysses?

Current Swell: I could outline how it relates to our own journey as a band, but the album title alone seems to provoke such a diverse spectrum of reactions from people…I prefer not to colour that too much by outlining exactly what it means to us.  The title, like the music itself might be best left open to interpretation.

AMBY: Which other artists from British Columbia should we keep our eyes on?

Current Swell: It seems like Mother Mother is always doing something pretty weird and unique.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

Current Swell: Most:  So easy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Every minute you listen to that dude speak,  you become wiser and more inspired. Or maybe Carl Sagan for the same reasons. As for least…who’s that godawful wench from CNN?  Is her name Nancy Grace? Mainstream news is enough of a joke as it is, but she just makes me want saw my eyes out with a rusty razor.  How does an asshat like that get their own show?

AMBY: Which bands or artists have you been listening to lately?

Current Swell: I still jam to Jimi Hendrix and the Doors, Nirvana and Blind Melon. I try not to get too swept up in what’s trendy at the moment.  A lot of new music has an 8 month shelf life and then everyone just forgets and moves on to the next best thing. That being said I think Alt-J’s work is pretty unique and interesting. And I’m always heavy into hip-hop.  Classics aside, I like Hopsin, that dude is like a cartoon brought to life. Oh and Tim Minchin is absolutely brilliant.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Current Swell that nobody knows yet?

Current Swell:We actually lip-sync all of our live shows so we can focus on our choreographed dance routines.


Thank you Current Swell, for giving us your answers!

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