British-Columbian quartet conjures 1970s, college
I spent a maddening evening jumping around the Current Swell catalog, trying to pin down which sort of '70s band it sounds the most like. The British-Columbian quartet lands somewhere between more respectable, rootsier big-stage rock acts like Kings of Leon, more ambitious and less pretentious indie rock, and the sort of hippie-ish elements most of us happily left at OU parties.
My personal check list kept coming back to Supertramp, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, Camper Van Beethoven and the Beatles, when it hit me. Current Swell sounds exactly like college: four years of hippie roommates and After the Gold Rush bong rips; four years of open mics and well-meaning retreads at the student center; four years of pretty good vinyl and better memories. (Safe bet)