David Freel of Swell has passed away

David Freel of Swell has passed away. According to a statement on the band’s official Facebook page, Freel died last week, April 12.

Freel founded the band Swell in 1989 with drummer Sean Kirkpatrick in San Francisco, and they released their self-titled debut album on Freel’s own pSychoSpecificMusic label the following year, which they recorded with John Dettman and Monte Vallier. Freel and Kirkpatrick led the band throughout the 90s, releasing a number of albums, including those in 1991. …Well?1994 41and 1997 Too many days without thinking – through the 2000s. Swell’s last album was from 2008 South of rain and snow. Freel continued to release music through his label after moving to Oregon.

“In the years since Swell’s touring schedule, David has found a home and family in Oregon,” the statement read. “For 14 years, he continued to create; whether it was music or Vinyl On Demand, he always had a project on hand. David led with a spontaneous curiosity and appreciation for the world around him, always learning more, he even learned to surf.

Here is the full statement from his family:

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of David Freel of Swell, Oregon City at 2:10 a.m. on April 12, 2022.

In the years following Swell’s touring schedule, David found a home and a family in Oregon. For 14 years, he continues to create; whether it was music or Vinyl On Demand, he always had a project on hand. David led with a spontaneous curiosity and appreciation for the world around him, always learning more, he even learned to surf. His latest released project ¡¡ GREASY!! of Be My Weapon was an example of his eccentric genius as a musician.

At 56, he found love, bought a house and moved in with Jen. To his family in Portland, David was a gentle, patient and humorous friend, uncle and partner. After years of traveling and struggling, he had become the man he had always wanted to be in Oregon. David is loved and missed but never forgotten. Just play one of his songs or close your eyes to see his presence on stage. He’ll be there to scratch his beloved, ramshackle 1970s Takamine.

Fans of Swell and David Freel will mourn his loss but celebrate his life and legacy. As David would say, live each day as if it were your last and never say goodbye, but rather see you soon. Thank you.

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