Alternating influences from neo-psychedelia, noise pop, and Ennio Morricone
film scores, Swell
formed in San Francisco in 1989 when vocalist/guitarist David Freel
and drummer Sean Kirkpatrick
decided to record an album. Enlisting second guitarist John Dettman
and bassist Monte Vallier
, the band recorded a self-titled debut album and released it on their own Psycho Specific label in April 1990. After playing live for the first time in August -- a support slot for Mazzy Star
at San Francisco's I-Beam -- Swell
toured around California, and released a second album, Well?
, by February 1992. Though Dettman
left the band soon after, Freel
soldiered on, receiving an offer from Def American Records to give Well?
a wide release one year after its first issue. Adding guitarist Tom Hays
to replace Dettman
began recording their third album. The LP, 41
, was released by American in November 1993. Subsequent efforts include 1997's Too Many Days Without Thinking
and 1998's For All the Beautiful People
. Everybody Wants to Know
appeared in spring 2001.