Swell, the lauded Bay Area rock band formed in 1990, have announced a 14-date five-country April European tour in honor of the group’s late-singer David Freel who passed away last year.
Officially called the “Everyday Sunshine Tour,” the run kicks off April 8 in Belgium at a “quaint village warm up show,” then hits Germany, Netherlands and France before finishing up in Spain at Valencia’s Ram Club on April 22 (full-dates below).
The group says they will play their “favorite songs from the first four albums, “
It’s only fitting the band returns to Europe as its where the group came into their own. In 1990, Freel, Sean Kirkpatrick and Mark Signorelli were busking on the streets of Europe, mainly in Spain when their debut self-titled album began to blow up on college radio. That resulted in promoters calling to book Swell and the group eventually landing a support slot for Mazzy Star.
The band’s drummer Sean Kirkpatrick sent Pollstar the following on the band’s reunion and tribute tour:
David Freel, singer, primary songwriter, co-founder, of Swell passed away April 12, 2022. David was a true original. The songs he developed and the lyrics he wrote are like no one else’s. His unique approach to life informed everything he did and affected everything he touched.
Swell, as it was, will never be again. But the original members are uniting for a tribute to David and the formative years of the band. They will be doing a short 14 date, European tour in April 2023, playing 5 countries, and favorite songs from the first 4 albums.
For a little more of the early history of Swell, please read on:
Life is weird, and Swell is weird, and now the band find themselves together again, playing their library of music (well, the first four albums anyways) live again, but now without singer and guitarist David Freel. David, who sadly passed away in 2022, may have cringed at this idea of an “in honor of…” European tour 2023.
Rewind a bit. Late 80’s, drummer Sean Kirkpatrick places an ad in Rough Trade records, San Francisco, where David responded. After back & forth attempts at making music together, Sean leaves for Northern Spain to take up residency for a while. David comes for a visit. The Pixies play at a small Basque village, and during the show, David and Sean know, it’s time to really make music. They return to San Francisco’s tenderloin (slightly dangerous, cheap rent, warehouse space, and an area that would “hear” the music at all times of the day & night and care less). It is here, that Swell was born, making the first LP, eponymously titled “Swell,” LP #2; “Well…?” and closing the door on the tenderloin years with album #3; “41” (the street number of our home above it all). These 3 albums were a mix of street noises below that seeped into the mics, and the songs created, in this place Swell called home. We never thought of using the word “Trilogy.”
Lineup additions starting with “Well…?” saw Monte Vallier join on bass, John Dettman-Lytle, guitar, and Niko Wenner, guitar (for live shows and guest recording), now all a part of the Swell sound. With this lineup, Swell would take to the road, mostly in Europe, playing assorted tours, festivals, and even a John Peel BBC session. A song or two in a movie, and an “acting” debut in “The Dukes of Groove,” Swell’s off-kilter vibe was finding an audience. The signing to Beggars Banquet for Europe, and American Recordings for the U.S., added to getting songs like “Get High,” “At Long Last,” “Down,” Forget about Jesus,” “Song Seven,” “Sunshine Everyday,” and “What I Always Wanted” a little more exposed.
Before finally leaving San Francisco, and with the original lineup still whole (more or less) they started work on album #4; “Too Many Days Without Thinking.” This is where we leave this story, as it’s fitting to close here, just as this album created closure with Swell… the way it was. David and Monte would record two more albums, and then David would continue with a few solo releases. Sean and David reunited in 2003 to record “Whenever You’re Ready.”
Swell has now come together to see you live out there, this April, playing the first four albums to Swell enthusiasts, and to David Freel, in his honor. Sorry David, we are thinking of you.
“Everyday Sunshine Tour” Dates:
Apri 8, 2023
Hnita Jazz Club
Hnita-Hoeve // Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium
Lostraat 106 // 0429.334.767
April 9, 2023
Le Botanique // Brussels, Belgium
Rue Royale 236, 1210 // +32 2 218 37 32
Apr 10, 2023
Gebaude 9 // Köln, Germany
Deutz-Mülheimer Str. 117, ehemals 127, 51063 //
Apr 11 ,2023
Urban Spree // Berlin, Germany
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 //
Apr 12, 2023
Bielefeld Forum // Bielefeld, Germany
e. V. Meller Str. 2 33613 // 0521 967 9977
Apr 13, 2023
Marché Gare // Lyon, France
4-6 Pl. Hubert Mounier, 69002 Lyon, France // +33 4 72 40 97 13
Apr 14 2023
La Coopérative de Mai // Clermont-Ferrand, France
Rue Serge Gainsbourg, 63000 // +33 4 73 14 48 08
Apr 15 2023
Hydrophone // Lorient, France
11 Rue d’Estienne d’Orves // +33 2 97 86 18 10
Apr 16 2023
Fabrique du Docteur Faton // Vendôme, France
34 Rue du Dr Faton, 41100 //
Apr 18, 2023
Le Petit Bain // Paris
7 Port de la Gare, 75013 //
Apr 19 2023
Muziekgieterij // Maastricht, Netherlands
Boschstraat 5, 6211 AS // +31 43 343 3337
Apr 20, 2023
Le Grand Mix // Tourcoing, France
5 Place Notre Dame // +33 3 20 70 10 00
22 April, 2023
Ram Club | Valencia, Spain