Part jam band, part blues rock, or part indie folk, however you want to label them, Victoria BC Canada born Current Swell were all that and more. They powered through a very fun and at times moving set at Great Scott in Allston, MA. Currently on tour celebrating the release of their newest and sixth release When to Talk and When to Listen, they played some cuts from that album as well a other tunes from their catalog, and even a few rarer fan requests, like “Dirty Man Jam.”
Lead vocalist and guitarist Scott Stanton also played the slide guitar for a few songs that increased the blues vibe in the room. They also had more rocking numbers like “Long Time Ago” and “Rollin’” but regardless of what they played the intimate crowd was enthusiastic for every song.
The band also shared some personal experiences, guitarist/vocalist/harmonica player Dave Lang sang the title track from the “When to Talk and When to Listen” that was inspired by Lang’s deceased father in law. Moments like that didn’t kill or dampen the fun mood of the show but added depth to what the band offers. The crowd exclaimed “10 more songs” before their encore, bass player and acoustic guitar shredder Ghosty Boy shot that suggestion down right away, while laughing. Reminiscent of an indie rock version of the Beach Boys, Boston’s own Abadabad opened the show, with their jangly guitar driven pop/rock, it complimented the show perfectly. Looking forward to seeing that band again, as well as whenever Current Swell comes around.
Current Swell are touring the US through the end of August, Europe in September supporting Dispatch and then back to Canada in October, check them out in a city near you.