Current Swell goes with the flow when not going south

Ahead of their Kamloops performance, the band talks Brazil, winter and 70s rock ‘n’ roll

Courtney Dickson, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

A group of former Peak Performance Project performers are making their way to Kamloops for a show on Sept. 26. Cactus Jacks Nightclub will host 2011’s first-place winners Current Swell and their friends Jon and Roy for an evening of Canadian indie rock, a genre that twenty-somethings can’t seem to get enough of these days.

Current Swell won the Peak Performance Project in 2011, beating out popular names such as The Belle Game, The Matinee and Fields of Green. Photo courtesy Shane Deringer

Current Swell won the Peak Performance Project in 2011, beating out popular names such as The Belle Game, The Matinee and Fields of Green. Photo courtesy Shane Deringer

After five years together, this indie group shows no signs of fatigue.

“The band really loves each other,” said lead singer Scott Stanton, “We just don’t plan on quitting.”

Though they have a prominent following in Canada, Current Swell has an even more passionate fan base in Brazil.

“They’re culturally a different people,” said Scott Stanton, lead singer of the group, “They really get behind what they love.”

It’s probably a good thing they have a following in such a warm place, since Stanton loves playing in warmer climates.

Touring often is something that comes with being a musician, and Stanton said that being on the road is the toughest part of trying to make a living out of music. Not only does he miss his loved ones, but his health takes the back seat while trying to find time just to eat and sleep.

“We’re not rock stars here, we’re just playing music,” he said.

As some may agree, people from Victoria are often exceedingly proud of their hometown. As Current Swell is based out of the province’s capital, Stanton has to agree that Victoria is, in fact, “the best place on earth.”

“I’ve been in Victoria for a decade. It’s a magical place. I’ve been to amazing places, but I’m glad I live here,” he said, “It’s the best place for my lifestyle.”

Stanton enjoys the laid back attitude in Victoria, while still having all the amenities a city has to offer. He is originally from St. Albert, a small city just north west of Edmonton that gets really cold in the winter.

Current Swell is performing once again in Kamloops on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Cactus Jacks. kingArthur_aus/Flickr Commons

Current Swell is performing once again in Kamloops on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Cactus Jacks. kingArthur_aus/Flickr Commons

“I don’t like the cold that much. We try to tour in warm places during the winter.”

Whether in Canada or not, there is a wide variety of venues artists have to adapt their sound for. The Kamloops Daily News recently published an article about the rise of coffee shop concerts, but Stanton admits his favourite venues to perform at are festivals. He does, however, see the value of playing in more intimate settings.

“Coffee shops can be annoying,” he said, “But, sometimes the most special moments are when you’re playing for just 30 people.”

They’ve recently been working on their fifth album, which they hope to have in their label’s hands by December. Though some songs have not been confirmed as part of the album, they hope to try out some of their new material while on tour and in Kamloops.

“Our music has progressed,” Stanton said, “We’ve got lots of new instruments we’d like to try out.” They hope to incorporate some 70s rock ‘n’ roll sound into their new stuff, as it’s a genre they’ve always enjoyed.