“Demons” is the most collaborative track on the record. It’s a song about anxiety and its desperate, uncontrollable nature. Our bassist Jarrett Alarcon wrote the melody in the chorus and came up with a really tight bass line to boot. The rest of it was written by Pat with a little help from Logan in the guitar department. It’s got a really tight, consistent structure that moves quickly, wasting no time to jump from one idea to the next.
Swell Spells was formed in Bakersfield, CA in 2017 by Patrick Sena, Logan Archer, and Jarrett Alarcon. Before that, we were just friends who played in each other’s bands and drank together. Ever been to Bakersfield? It’s a pretty shitty place. As an artist in a socially conservative oil town, any friends you make end up being the ones you keep for life. Not many people find a way out of here, and we were determined to break the cycle. So we busted out our Oh Sees and Wavves records and studied hard, bought new instruments, and set up a makeshift recording studio in Patrick’s living room. We recorded the songs live and spent months overdubbing and tinkering with different hooks, guitar tones, and mixes. Once it was all finished, we decided to name it “Tell Your Friends You Love Them” to represent the bond that we share as those friends that we’ll keep for life. We hope that this record can mean as much to you as it does to us.