Current Swell riding a wave of popularity
St. Albert's David Lang living his musical dream via Victoria indie-rock band
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 06:00 am
You know you’ve reached a certain level of success in the music business when you step on stage in a foreign country and are greeted by a throng of 3,000 people who already know all the words to your songs.
That was the experience of David Lang and his bandmates from Current Swell when they were on tour in Brazil.
“There was like this feeling, looking out at 3,000 people. We were so stoked,” says Lang.
The vocalist/guitarist got his start in St. Albert, learning his first chords during his Grade 11 year at Paul Kane High School. Years later, after he’d moved to Victoria, he hooked up with fellow St. Albertan Scott Stanton and Current Swell was born.
The foursome has been gaining scores of international fans after touring North America and headlining shows in Brazil, Australia and Europe.
Serving as an opening act for prominent artists like Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, The Tragically Hip and The Beach Boys has helped the band gain exposure.
This steady climb hasn’t been without memorable experiences and lessons learned.
Lang tells of a time when the band was touring with The Beach Boys when, after a sound check, they were approached by someone they thought was a fan.
“Scott asked if he was a janitor or something … and the guy responded, ‘I’m actually in The Beach Boys,’” recalls Lang with a laugh.
“We tried to save Scott but he had dug himself a hole.”
These types of experiences are humbling for the band, in the face of releasing a fifth album, entitled Ulysses, a milestone the members had only dreamed of reaching.
The album’s first single, Rollin, stays true to its name and features a bass tempo that quite literally rolls the listener through the song. The accompanying video was created with the goal of sparking a viral response online. The video features a throwback to an authentic ’80s aerobics video. The band members, clad in ballet singlets, are digitally imposed onto the screen.
“It was the most fun we’ve had on a music video shoot,” laughs Lang.
Having released a new album, garnering airplay on some of the country’s biggest radio stations and having performed with some of the biggest names in the business, the question remains: when will Current Swell feel like it has “made it” in this industry?
“You just set your sights higher and higher,” Lang says. “I’m smack in the middle of my wildest dream. If that’s not getting close to it, I don’t know what is.”