10 NW 6th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
“We’ve been called the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of,” says Brad Corrigan, one of Dispatch’s three singers and multi-instrumentalists. "People either know everything about us or they know nothing. There never seems to be any middle ground."
How Corrigan, Chad Stokes, and Pete Francis met in college, formed a band, and — with no radio airplay, major-label support, or significant press coverage — became one of the biggest draws on the live music scene, and arguably the biggest independent rock band in history, is a remarkable story. Though Dispatch hadn’t released a full-length album since 2000, and even officially called it quits in 2004, its music continued to capture the hearts and minds of new generations of rock fans through pure word-of-mouth. A 2004 farewell show at the Hatch Shell in Boston drew 110,000 people, including fans from Europe, South America, and Australia. Not one, but three 2007 shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden sold-out immediately. A 2009 all-acoustic show, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the request of Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, sold out in less than two minutes.
Having repaired their friendships and reconciled the issues that led to their break-up, Dispatch regrouped for a sold-out U.S. tour last June that included three shows at Boston’s fabled TD Garden Arena, three shows at Red Rocks in Colorado, and the first-ever concert at New Jersey’s 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena. They also released a six-song EP and recommitted to touring and recording, honoring not only the alchemy that occurs whenever these three gather to make music together, but also the powerful bond they have forged with their fans over the last decade.
With over 15,000 albums sold in North America and a rapidly growing west coast following, Current Swell are not new to the scene. As a staple of the surf/rock music scene the band has been making its presence known through film (extreme sports videos - surfing/mountain biking/skating, MTV features like The Buried Life, Teen Mom and more, HBO and feature films), rampant touring (Canada, USA, Australia, Brazil) and a viral online fanbase.
Current Swell put on a fantastic live show and are not to be missed. With a new album out in the USA this spring (college radio campaign by Planetary, distro by Burnside, marketing and triple A/Specialty radio by Missing Piece Group) and several high profile SXSW showcases this coming March 2012, this band is sure to turn heads both with it's music and it's rapidly expanding fanbase.