'I love to hear experimentation and growth over albums, whether it pays off or not'
- Ben Simms, The Violet Swells
Violet Swells are an up and coming psychedelic band from Hobart, Tasmania. Their music sounds like their name: its colourful and ebbs and flows under the thin vocals of Ben Simms, the founder of the band.
There are a number of Australian bands at the moment who also call upon psychedelic sounds and influences in their music: Tame Impala, The Babe Rainbow and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard all spring to mind. It’s critical to make the point that these bands all take different angles on the same idea of retrospective inspiration from the 1960's. If The Babe Rainbow are a mushy high and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are a weird fucking trip, then Violet Swells are somewhat harder to categorize. The lyrics are abstract and according to Simms, influenced by cartoons and the Marvel comic book universe.