Related Information for Swell There are at least two bands with the name Swell.1. An American indie and lo-fi band formed in San Francisco, California in 1989 2. An Australian prog-rock instrumental trio, based in Melbourne; incorporating media and live generated visuals to their live performances. 1. Swell are an American indie and lo-fi band formed in San Francisco, California in 1989 by David Freel (guitar/vocals) and drummer Sean Kirkpatrick. Joined by bassist Monte Vallier and second guitarist John Dettman.. read more