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RE: swell | from JoshApr 13 2001 - 03:12

Hello Idaho fans...

It's nice to see all the discuscion about my favorite band Swell. I have a few (actually alot) of things I'd like to add...

But first, I must pass out and sleep off the sixer of Sierra Nevada Porters from earlier in the evening...

Talk to you soon...

In the meantime, check out my site for 'them' (Swell is just the singer/songwriter/guitarist David Freel now with some help from former Swell bassist Mark Signorelli) - www.angelfire.com/mn/gethigh


ps For those of you disappointed with the last album and are finding new hope for Swell with the release of the "Feed" EP, you are gonna be so pleased with the new LP. I know I am. :)

RE: swell | from jeremy trueFeb 04 2001 - 03:25

ah...SWELL!!! they are a damn fine band... the first 3 CDs are definately worth picking up, i had always thought they were a mix of the Pixies, idaho and pink floyds sparse keyboards and interesting sound effects. they played here in san francisco maybe a year ago, they only play here every year or two. incredible show, they played all the old stuff and new almost exactly like the albums, it was so dead on. i never thought they could be a live band, they sound like a cool studio project. for an encore believe it or not, they played REELING IN THE YEARS by Steely Dan, and THEN segued right into SWEET EMOTION by Aerosmith!! i think they thought it would make the indie rockers wanna leave but it just so awesome- lol they had all the harmonies dead on as well.
so the new EP is good? i got their last album, but it was such a departure from their sound- only one or two songs were even close to the old SWELL feel. and some of it was just bizarre in a His Name is Alive wacky kind of way.

RE: swell | from eraserheadFeb 02 2001 - 12:18

well. i agree there sound on well
and 41 was stripped down. i think
becuase their drummer at the time
was fantastic (sean kirkpatrick)
they lost him in the later records
and tried to make up for it and
definetely sounded over produced.
i stuck with them becuase they
did keep the essential mellow
sound of theirs in some of the
songs. which to me is worth having.
the new ep is different from the
above. the include some nice dub
work which does go well. somewhat
a folk implosion sound. if you like
that sound you will dig this ep.

better than the last album.

RE: swell | from trevorFeb 02 2001 - 09:47

Is the new record a return to the older sound they had? I loved ".....well?" and I thought "41" was great as well, but the later stuff (tired arguement, I know) was a little too over-produced and over-done.

RE: swell | from eraserheadJan 25 2001 - 21:24

actually you can pick up 41 and
other stuff at beggars banquet
website which is www.beggars.com.
41 is a great record. there are
definetely great songs on each
album. that really cool, mellow
sound of theirs really shines
through on the new ep.

RE: swell | from pogbJan 25 2001 - 12:39

I have heard of swell - a friend of mine has almost all of their releases. I haven't heard their latest ep, but would assume that it is as good as eraserhead says. I feel that their best full-length is '41' which came out around 1993. However, it may be hard to find because I think it is out of print....

RE: swell | from eraserheadJan 25 2001 - 11:56

Swell has just released an ep on
beggars banquet label. very cool
stuff. they seem to have gotten
into real heavy bass/ accoustic
with some electric. nice work.
it is titled "feed". worth the
swell consists of four guys from
san francisco. i was able to meet
them, friendly people.

RE: swell | from GerardJan 25 2001 - 06:43

Mr Fayers -

I have reason to believe you are confusing 'Swell' with 'Swollen'; the former is a notable indie lo-fi acoustic rock band, and the latter is a notable Hoddesden-based hom-rock quartet. Famed for their one-date-tour back in '93 when they played a gig at Winchester's uncelebrated 'Albion Public House', Swollen have a 'come one, come all' policy on the cerise mini-van they use for their tours. This might explain your presence, if not your motivation.

I would be obliged if you would keep further recollections of that hot night to your personal annals. Best place for 'em.


RE: swell | from JcJan 24 2001 - 21:21

Despite not being into 'the Quo', much as Mr. McLachlan rather erroneously claims, I actually had the pleasure of seeing Swell at the Manchester Roadhouse about 3 years ago and would gladly share my experiences with any willing readers of this acclaimed message board. They were a friendly bunch, too - I missed the last train home and they let me stay aboard their van until they mysteriously left for London at about 3 o'clock in the morning. Legends!

RE: swell | from G McLachlanJan 15 2001 - 02:42

Mr Fayers!

Interesting to see that once I advertise the disappearance of 'Well?' from my CD shelves on the information super highway the thief owns up to his crime and decides to come forward to confess. That particular album has long been absent from my collection, and even the atentions of its letter-neighbours (Swervedriver, Santana, et al) have not atoned for its mysterious non-appearance. I welcome its safe return. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest an amnesty on all such albums you have 'relieved' me of over the ample years of our acquaintance. Yes, that means I will be wanting back my pristine copy of 'Cheap Thrills' by the Holding Company and my collection of Miles Davis laser discs. In exchange, I will give you back all the records you have left in my gaff, notable for the fact I have never played them. Yes, your collection of dodgy Ride albums will soon be winging its way back to you, as will your book of Status Quo guitar tab ('Rocking like the bossi, advice from Francis Rossi'). Place my Swell album in the post to me and I will ensure that I will do the same for you. You will be back playing air guitar and gurning at the mirror before you can say "we're jogging all over the world". I look forward to hearing from you.

Gerard McLachlan

RE: swell | from Jc FayersJan 14 2001 - 18:35

Dear Mr. McLachlan,

You might be able to pick up a
somewhat dusty copy of Swell's
album 'Well?' should you ever come round my house again and peruse the shelf containing my record
collction (letters S-V). That is, after all, where you left it...
Yours sincerely,
Jc Fayers

RE: swell | from danJan 10 2001 - 16:02


RE: swell | from eraserheadJan 10 2001 - 14:25

i can definetely see your bands
touring together. They have just
realeased an ep. Do you have any
of their stuff dan? I could send
you a nice mix if you'd like.

RE: swell | from danJan 10 2001 - 12:06

I think we played with Swell in Boston somewhere way back in 1996. I could, of course, be completely mistaken. I seem to remember it being either the Middle East or TT's.

RE: swell | from GezJan 10 2001 - 10:25

I had an album by Swell called 'Well?'. Maybe a rather heinous title but a really interesting sound that hey had down. Kind of simple acoustic guitar with mesmeric basslines and the usual Palace brothers-ish drum beats. Good stuff, and quite different to a lot of things around then. Unfortunately, its been deleted, and I can't find it anywhere. Does anyone here know where I could get it from?

Cheers everyone, and nice site Mr Martin.

RE: swell | from eraserheadJan 03 2001 - 08:49

news letter, that is.

swell? | from eraserheadJan 03 2001 - 08:47

I am wondering if anyone has heard
of the band swell. i am a big
admirer. They got me into Idaho
from a very nice write up in a news
of theirs.

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