Braids, Current Swell

Braids, the Canadian experimental pop group who released
Native Speaker
in 2011,
have reinvented themselves in the making of their second full length. After 18 months
of touring in support of
their debut, along with the departure of a band member, the
group secluded themselves in their Montreal studio for a year of writing and recording.
While
Native Speaker
was written in an organic and live environment, the group sought
to explore a more introspective and electronic approach to songwriting. Sonically, the
songs
from these sessions
are delicate and tight, yet
thoughtfully
open up to the rich
lushness reminiscent of their older material. Lyrically they are honest and vulnerable,
demonstrating the group's emotional growth and maturity since their last record.
As they head out in anticipation of their sophomore album – due Fall 2013 – their new
songs will be played, fully live, in an exciting time in music as the gap between real and
synthetic narrows, leaving room only for the pure energy driving the performance.

Current Swell

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 (showcases tba).

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 readymade 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 overthink 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 Blues Festival and more), to sold-out headline tours of Brazil, to support slots with such established artists as 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 2012, Current Swell earned first place at Vancouver's Peak Performance Project and headlined a Canada Day concert to a crowd of 45,000.

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Braids, Current Swell

Saturday, September 14 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Commonwealth Bar & Stage