Swell Daze formed in 2011 in Purcellville, Virginia, consisting of McCoy Douglasson (vocals), Addison Smith (guitar), and Titus Barton (drums). They began to garner a fan base in mid-2012 after playing many gigs at local festivals, bars and restaurants throughout the Northern Virginia area. In March 2012, Swell Daze recorded an eponymous debut EP at a friend's home studio. After its release, Swell Daze continued to gain popularity, especially with their hit song, "Hooked," which catapulted their EP to #167 on the National CMJ College Radio charts. In addition, "Hooked" was licensed to Tony Hawk's RIDE Channel and several TV programs on MTV, Discovery Channel, VH1, E!, and NASCAR. In September 2012, Mitch Weissman (bass), joined Swell Daze adding a whole new dimension to their sound, completing the lineup that exists today.
Building on this momentum, Swell Daze released a full length album titled ‘Simple Fix’ on July 1, 2014. This opened many doors for Swell Daze, including repeat bookings at notable events such as Taste of Reston, Celebrate Fairfax, and many others. They also released a music video for their song Hooked in November 2014 to support the album.
Presently, Swell Daze is playing several shows throughout the greater DMV area in support of their latest release called ‘Electrify Me’. The 21 minute, 6 song EP shows Swell Daze's writing style heading in a more mature direction with a focus on catchy melodies, relatable lyrics, and pop style arrangements. The songs, however, are still driven by strong lead and backing vocals, heavy lead guitars, melodic bass lines, and powerful yet tasteful drum parts that make up the Swell Daze sound. Two weeks prior to the release of the EP Swell Daze released a video for the first single off of the album, also called ‘Electrify Me’.
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What's New with Swell Daze:
On August 14th Swell Daze released their second album, a six song EP titled 'Electrify Me'.
In February 2015 Swell Daze won Jammin' Java's 12th annual Battle of the Bands.
Several songs from their self titled debut album have been used in episodes of "Best Ink" on the Bravo, Oxygen, Universal and Cloo TV networks.
Their song "Hooked" has been used extensively by the Discovery Channel on episodes of "Saint Hoods" and "Gold Rush the Dirt".
In 2013, Swell Daze won Empire's Mid Atlantic Battle of the Bands, an East coast competition featuring over 90 bands. After the win, the band hired platinum record producer Jim Ebert, platinum record sound engineer Sean Russell, and renowned mastering engineer Vlado Meller to cut their first full-length album “Simple Fix".
Swell Daze’s 2012 self titled EP received moderate recognition nationwide. The album, which was a DIY effort, charted in the top 200 for National College Radio for over four weeks. The album was licensed to multiple TV networks including Discovery Channel, E!, O, VH1, NASCAR, MTV, MTV2, and Tony Hawk’s Ride Channel on Youtube.
Swell Daze was also sponsored by Red Bull Soundstage in 2012.
“The four-piece have effortlessly fused punk, jazz, and classic rock, creating an edgy, yet melodic sound that is nothing but pure rambunctious energy.” - Dean Scordilis - The Aquarian
“The band has chalked up some exciting accomplishments in just a few years. A self-produced extended play (EP) recording included the song “Hooked,” which reached 167 on the college radio charts in 2012. The catchy, high-energy song with its infectious, old-school background vocals, has been licensed to several TV channels, including Tony Hawk’s RIDE Channel, MTV and the Discovery Channel, and has been played on shows including Discovery’s “Sainted Hoods” and Oxygen’s “Best Ink” reality show.” - Jan Mercker - Leesburg Today
“Swell Daze is going places fast. Even though “Simple Fix” is only their first album, they...are already ranking on the college radio charts.” - Emmy Freedman - The Breeze
“Swell Daze’s knowledge of pop motifs and progressive thinking produces an interesting sound that’s heavily influenced by classic rock.” - Lauren Hunt - The Breeze
“Hooked,” with its driving guitars and infectious wooo-ooohs, is a hit single that is sure to get stuck in your head. It has all the components for a rock song that will be embraced by fans of all ages and genders and screams to be placed in an EA sports video game soundtrack.”
- Undergroundmusic.fm(Jan 30, 2013)
"Swell Daze is a band that explodes with energy on stage and the buzz at Saturday's show was that this band is destined for big things.”
- Purcellville Gazette (Jan 25, 2013)
"This young band stunned locals with their seasoned stage presence and abilities, which bloomed into numerous gigs, sponsorships, and licensing opportunities. 'Hooked' was recently licensed by Tony Hawk for his Ride Channel on YouTube and is currently making waves on the college radio charts.”
- Undergroundmusic.fm (Jan 30, 2013)