Shane Carlson- Bass
Brian Jones- Drums
The Southern California hard rock band Swirl are cashing in on their good fortune with regard to film licensing opportunities and as a result the arrow is pointed up with a bullet! Music from the self titled and latest release ‘SWIRL’, is featured in the movie ‘Ditch Day’ (in North America and released under the full title ‘Ditch Day Massacre’ in other territories). This film has already been released in Germany, Brazil, the UK, Korea and the U.S. with more territories to be announced in 2017. The film stars Emmy Award winning actor Bill Oberst Jr., and took home the “Best Feature Film” Award at the Burbank International Film Festival.The 3 SWIRL songs featured in ‘Ditch Day (Massacre)’ are “Spell”, “Rise Up” and “We Are Alive”.
Swirl was formed by guitarist Duane “DT” Jones in Washington State. The earliest version of the band scheduled a recording session in Southern California, but due to a scheduling conflict the original drummer was a last minute cancellation. One brief phone call later brother Brian “Bam Bam” Jones was brought in to record drums and became a permanent member of the band. Swirl went on to release their debut CD ‘Out Of Nowhere’. The disc was produced by Carlos Cavazo (RATT/ Quiet Riot) and Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt/ Jailhouse). Swirl toured the United States and Japan in the early 2000’s and achieved moderate success.
In 2008 “DT” entered the recording studio of Cinderella drummer Fred Coury with vocalist Alfred Ramirez. That session gave birth to the songs “Adrenaline” and “Sleepwalker” (both songs were produced by Fred who also played drums on the tracks) and reignited Swirl. The two songs led to management interest and tour opportunities. “DT”, Brian and Alfred recruited bassist Shane Carlson to finalize the lineup for Swirl.
Between 2011- 2012 Swirl had a musical makeover and began writing and recording new music. The band removed themselves from the LA area to record at Baxter Rd studios in Wildomar, California. The members of Swirl decided to use the lessons learned from previous recording session mentors to self produce the new material with post production and mastering done in Lake Elsinore, California with James Rieger.
The result? The hard rock disc ‘SWIRL’ which demonstrates the same strong, powerful, hook laden, song writing that is Swirl music, yet captured in a modern sound and production style that creates instantly memorable, emotionally impactful songs. Their songs are crisp and full of emotion. They are also catchy tunes with sustainability. They are full of radio friendly tunes, thick with rhythmic movements and hooks. “Fourth of July”, “Rise Up” and “Message” were instant hits with the bands rapidly expanding fan base, known as the “Swirl Society”.
Since the release of ‘SWIRL’ the band has been the support act or headlined several shows in Southern California. Swirl has been the direct support band on several tours (traveling 50,000 miles in the US between December 2008- November 2009). To date Swirl has been the support act for many established rock artists including RATT, Extreme, Cinderella, Slaughter, LA Guns, Souls of We, Red Dragon Cartel, Skid Row and more.
According to Swirl, the “Message” behind the music has to do with standing up for what you believe in – not giving up and going for what you want in the face of those who put road blocks in front of you, it’s staying the course, staying focused and not giving an inch in any other direction, but the road you have carved out for yourself. Sometimes you will fall down, sometimes you will lose your way, but in the end the only way to win is you have to get back on your feet, dust yourself off and carry on so are you ready to “Rise Up”? Indeed, this group has quite a determination and a sound that captures that emotion. With every song, there is a personal experience that backs it up. You can feel those stories right through to your very core.
“Opening with a taut bass line is the rush of “Spell”. Burning through the song embodies defiance. Distortion defines “Rise Up” whose tension is quite palpable. When this tension is finally released it feels earned. A rush begins the frenzied activity of “We Are Alive”. By far the best track on the collection it finds a comfortable groove and amplifies it to the skies.”- Skope Magazine
“…an interesting and diverse band to check out, as they combine the best of the past 20 years of American Rock/Hardrock”- STRUTTER..ZINE
“Time to Fly is as good as I have heard on radio or TV… Absolutely one of the best bands”
“Sometimes a gem just falls into your lap and that’s exactly what’s going on here-“- Decibel Geek
“After listening to ‘SWIRL’ in its entirety it has lifted me up mood wise!”- Metal Temple
“Highlights include the hooking you immediately opener, ‘Fourth Of July’ that even quotes Johnny Cash…”- Metalliville (UK)
“Their work brilliantly amalgamates the best of the past couple of heavy rock decades, but carries their own distinctive signature…Swirl`s music is highly energetic and, frankly, rather contagious”- Angelina Kehayova (UK)
“SWIRL has an exciting new sound with great songs”- Carlos Cavazo (RATT/ Quiet Riot)
“…ample ammo for a wildly enjoyable party of pop metal fare.”
“Not really a throwback but a sound on the verge bringing back and sprucing up that Classic sound we all grew up with”- Joe Tyree (Dissonant Times- PA, USA)
“Strong vocals, scorching guitar leads and a high-energy stage presence were only some of the many positive traits of Swirl’s greatly enjoyable performance…”- METAL ASSAULT (Live Show Review)
“I’m expecting big things from this band”- Susan Myers (Sony Music TN)
“Big Hit Potential”- Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
“Swirl is the new age of rock”- Grace (A&R Select)
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