Hailing from their hometown of Ocean City, Maryland, The Swell Fellas are careening towards becoming full time psych rockers. Starting music at an early age, inspired by their parents’ vast collection, they honed their craft at beer drenched bars and college parties. The Swell Fellas invoke everything from the dark vibes of Alice In Chains to the bombast of Led Zeppelin. Having moved to Austin and experiencing the dog eat dog side of the music industry, the band returned home inspired to create. Now fresh off the release of their debut full length, The Big Grand Entrance, they are ready to tour until the van breaks down.
This power trio is made up of a pair of brothers, Conner and Chris Poole (guitars and drums respectively) with their longtime friend, Mark Rohrer, a rock guitarist who they begged to buy bass gear. Growing out of their homemade backyard studio and cutting their teeth in Austin has led to a unique approach. Not only self-recorded, but also self-produced and self-mastered the band has been able to formulate their own take on psych rock. Pushed forward by Rohrer’s brand of melodic bass playing, wailing lead guitar and dynamic instrumental effects their music is underscored by wonderfully technical drumming. And so, these three old friends have distilled their personal chemistry into something greater than the sum of its parts. With larger than life lyrics inspired by the ebbs and flows of their personal lives, the band remains surprisingly grounded for a group who are so prone to interstellar exploration.
After many hours spent in Walmart parking lots with their 91’ chevy van, highway breakdowns, and rented uHaul’s, the band is building a reputation for packing out clubs across the East coast. Now, they are writing psych rock anthems dipped in a vat of whatever was in the 70’s punch bowl. Eschewing tropes of stoner and psych bands in the scene today, these small-town east coasters are in it for the long haul. So, sit back, light one up and get ready for tripped out absolution from a band whose so-called ‘big grand entrance’ is only a harbinger of what is to come.
Conner Poole // Guitar
Chris Poole // Drums
Mark Rohrer // Bass