Move over Bryan Adams, Canada has a new rock legend, in the form of the mysterious George Swan.
After moving to a small town in British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 18 he found his calling working on the docks. Now that would be the end of the story if it wasn’t for the unfortunate collapse of the fishing industry in the west coast of Canada. Swan picked himself up and carved a new career path in the form of music.
His first foray into the music scene of Steveston, BC, was with The Rash. After recording their self-titled effort, the outfit disbanded after a whopping 11 years together. Swan tried again forming Patsy Decline comprising of members of The Rash and UVA. The band found success in Steveston and became the house band of the local venue, Valhalla. They remained a band until 2004, splitting to pursue other interests.
George Swan took this as an opportunity to go solo and be known as BDB (Big Dik Blak). BDB isn’t for the faint-hearted, the multi-instrumentalist brings his passion to swamp rock. He takes a more psychedelic approach transporting you to an astral plane of emotion. BDB is an enigma to music as he’ll have you in a trance with EDM hit ‘I have a Boyfriend’ taken from Tales from Wreck Deck to welling up with emotion on the keyboard-fuelled ‘Smelly Fish’ from ‘The Truth is Hard’.
George Swan has released an impressive 13 albums so far in his lifetime with three impressive solo albums, ‘Live at Valhalla’, ‘The Truth is Hard’, and ‘Tales from Wreck Deck’. Dig in to his impressive talents on Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube.
Words: Tom Guilfoyle | @coventantofarca1
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