The Swell
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The Swell

Band Rock Reggae


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The best kept secret in music


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" With all the diversity and ever-evolving sounds that permeate Bloomington, Indiana, the college town home of Indiana University, one sound seems to reach through the masses stronger than the rest. The Swell stands out with its unique, fresh approach to rock & roll. With a unique style, a fresh blast of energy on stage, and first-rate musicianship and songwriting-skills, there is nothing holding them back. Th Swell, without a doubt, has a quality product." - Brian Ossip, Required

"Swell Up (Bloomington band, The Swell, celebrates the release or 'Love Grenade' Saturday)"

" To call this bands ascent towards the top of the local college-rock scene quick would be an understatement. The Swell has expanded its audience base, headlining the Bluebird on a regular basis, even on weekend nights, as well as forays to neighboring states for shows. The group debut CD, Love Grenade, drops Saturday, and it is full of well played, agreeably soulful groove-rock that has placed The Swell in good position within the original-music contenders in the crowded Bloomington bar scene." - Dave Coonce, Herald Times

"Movin' On Up"

"In 12 months they've progressed from a novel idea to become one of the most visible and, like them or not, most talked-about original bands in Bloomington. - Nate Bethea, Indiana Daily Student


debut album "Love Grenade" released september 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Swell, currently residing in Huntington Beach, CA, is the freshest new sound in Southern California. Specializing in a unique blend of rock, reggae, and soul, this power trio delivers amazing high energy performances and unforgettable songwriting. Comprised of John West, Nick Wyatt, and Justin Shaw, The Swell was born in 2003 in Bloomington, IN, while attending Indiana University. They quickly rose to the top of the food chain dominating the college rock scene headlining clubs, universities, and all ages venues across the midwest while promoting their debut album Love Grenade (released to a sold out crowd at the legendary Bluebird Nightclub). The Swell has since relocated to So-Cal and continues to grow both in terms of popularity and creativity as they continue to write, record, and perform their unstoppable and highly original brand of music for anyone who will listen. The Swell has performed with VHS or BETA, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, the Benevento Russo duo, Pomeroy, and Ari Hest to name a few, plus appeared at the 2004 Midwest Music Summit, performed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and 4th Street Live in Louisville, KY.