Sleep, drink, sing

B.C. band Current Swell has a routine of taking it easy before a gig

Current Swell lead singer Scott Stanton says the band always goes out of their way to make sure they get to play a gig in Kingston while they’re touring.
Current Swell lead singer Scott Stanton says the band always goes out of their way to make sure they get to play a gig in Kingston while they’re touring.
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Bring a hardhat to the Mansion for Current Swell’s gig — it might be useful.

The B.C.-born indie folk group is making another stop in Kingston and this time, lead singer Scott Stanton said they’re going to make it a memorable trip for the band and the audience.

“We do have surprises in store for the audience — big surprises. Possible explosions and pyrotechnics will be involved,” he said.

Stanton said coming to Kingston was a first choice when they were planning their tour dates.

“We always go out of our way to play Kingston, so we’re pretty stoked,” he said. “We always give our 110 per cent, especially when in front of a crowd we love.”

Making reference to Kingston’s reputation as being an ‘oldie goldie town,’ Stanton said it’s not just the student audiences the band enjoys playing for.

“We just love to perform in general. If we perform in front of a bunch of people with grey hair, we don’t care — we just want to have fun.”

If the show starts a little late, don’t be alarmed. Stanton said the group is just resting up for the show ahead.

“I love to take a nap in the afternoon, hammer away at my guitar a little bit, drink a glass of wine and hang out in a quiet room,” he said.

The routine may seem silly, but it’s effective.

“Sometimes it’s funny how exhausting thinking can be, so if you just turn your mind off before a show, I find I play way better,” he said.

Fans of the music of Eddie Vedder, The Tragically Hip and The Dirty Heads will enjoy Current Swell’s brand of twangy indie music with a kick.

The band’s been on tour in the US, Brazil and Australia, leading Stanton to a life he never imagined for himself.

Even though both his parents loved music, they tried to steer their son in a different direction.

“When I was young, my mom put me in dancing classes. I remember being in grade three and being like, ‘I hate this! I don’t want to do this anymore!’” Stanton said.

Now that the group’s realizing more success with the signing of a new record deal, Stanton can’t picture doing anything else with his life.

“We have such a passion for it that we always play to the best of our ability.”

Current Swell plays the Mansion on Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.

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