Brendan Kergin, News Editor Ω
Victoria stalwarts Current Swell swept into town despite snowy conditions and hit the crowd with a tsunami of coastal combustion at Heroes on Nov. 16.
With a show that oozed Victoria, the recent winners of 100.5 the Peak’s, “Peak Performance Project” contest proved why they are considered an up-and-comer in Canada’s music scene.
Openers Pablo Alto played a friendly Indie set to open things up as people filtered into the campus bar, dropping their best-spent five dollars of the week.
A local trio playing primarily a lighter acoustic sound, Pablo Alto also knocked out some great covers.
Endearing themselves to all the Indie and alt-rock fans in the crowd they took on a stripped-down version of of “Karma Police,” pulled a female vocalist in for the “Only Boy in New York” and slid their sound in well with Sam Roberts’ “Bridge to Nowhere.”
By the time the headliners had their gear set up and were ready to play the room was nearly full.
Opening with mostly new material from their Oct. 24th album Long Time Ago, they’re chasing the sound many Indie bands are trying to perfect right now.
It’s a softer style with a slice of western in there, recalling, arguably, hints of the Band, or more recently Prairie darlings the Sheepdogs.
Lead singer Scott Stanton brought a slide guitar that, despite being melodic and mournful at first, crammed the dance floor.
The most touching moment of the night came when they played recent release “Brad’s Song.”
A tribute to Brad Shuttleworth — a close friend of the group who passed away a couple years ago — the song moves from melancholy to a grand crescendo. If you weren’t feeling it by then than you have no soul.
Overall the set seemed to give a reverse progression of the band.
They played the more recent blues and western-tinged rock early on from “Long Time Ago” and “Protect Your Own.”
As they neared the end of the night the mood shifted from the stomping good times to the skanking good times, as they brought out early catalogue classics such as “Chestermans Valley.”
They night ended with the barrelling “So I Say.”
It was like watching a train losing control as the crowd crowded the floor and the band picked up the pace.
It seemed like they barely had control of the chaos as the buildup swept across the audience, pulling everyone into the moment.
Playing off the energy in the crowd created the best moments of the night as the last notes rang out.